- All the runs have gone quite well; even the Threshold efforts were not too painful. A 12-mile hilly run at Hemel Hempstead was quite enjoyable and, while not fast, at least faster than my previous long runs on flat ground.
- Very good advice on nutrition, supplements and gels from Solgar and HIGH5, and confirmation that I eat a healthy diet. My beetroot a day was commended and even more my usual breakfast of fruit, porridge and a tin of sardines – not all mixed together I should add. No one else thought they could face sardines first thing in the morning.
- Potentially best of all. An experienced marathoner said I don’t need to give up alcohol for four weeks before the London, as I usually do. He even recommended one beer the night before. I think I need confirmation of the value of this before I have the nerve to follow his example.