The second annual London Marathon (LLHM) takes place this weekend, offering runners the rare chance to walk on closed streets in central London. Whether it's your first half marathon or a classic car, you'll always have a sense of anticipation and nerves that, at least in our experience, are kept under control by reading last-minute tips, course guides and more we can get our hands on it.
So we met Nici Griffin of Centurion Running, who organizes the pacemakers for LLHM and this year is reissuing her role as a tail pacemaker after last doing it at the opening event of the year. Griffin ran her first half marathon in 2010, completing 28 marathons and four 50-mile ultramarathons. Do not let that intimidate you ̵
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If you're a pacemaker, Griffin says, it's about more than just setting a pace that others must follow. "If we were told we could not interact with the crowd and only carry one flag, we would not do that. The best part is the interaction with the people around you, in the starting boxes at the beginning, even before – Facebook was amazing. You get the banter and you get people walking alone that day feeling like they have a boyfriend – they come looking for you in the wave pins at the beginning. "Look at the comments on Facebook at .com / Londonlandmarkhalb for beginners.
Be happy to race in London
"London is the city where you can compete in any big race," says Griffin. "It's so inviting – the runners, the volunteers, the members of the public out there … you just get so much support." A special supporter awarded Griffin in last year's LLHM. "Last year a kid was on Embankment and he had this handmade shield that was a sign of Power Up Power Rangers [which promised a ‘power boost’ if you touched it]. It was great to see all the runners deliberately crossing to his side of the road to cross his mark to five.
I look forward to these course highlights
"I like the part of City of London," says Griffin. "There are many hairpin bends in the side streets, and I like the historic architecture that you find there against the backdrop of all the new stuff – that's amazing." Griffin also called St. Paul's – "who likes the St Paul's Cathedral is not? "- and along the Thames towards Big Ben. "When you come to the Tower of London and turn it around, this is a real highlight, especially as you think," That's it, I'm going to the finish now. "But for me, the most beautiful piece along the dam is they've taken all the people along and they're all cheering – it's just brilliant."
But get ready for this piece
Griffin said that her "darker Part of "a half-marathon always at nine-mile proportion, coincidentally coinciding with what she says is the most unpleasant part of the course for the London Landmarks race." When I go out of town and go down to the Tower of London, that's pretty bleak and lonely for me. "
Whether you're fighting or flying at this time, chances are you'll have a hard time, and if that happens, try this technique that Griffin took from Paula Radcliffe." I count mine Steps – 1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4 It's amazing, but it gives me something to think about instead of looking ahead and thinking, "Oh my God, Big Ben is so far away" .
No matter what Well, try enjoying the day. And if you think it's easy for an ultra-marathon runner, Griffin confessed that she misunderstood her first half. "My longest run in training for this first half marathon was perhaps five miles – it was a shocking preparation and I was overtaken by a woman with a stroller, but I still loved the first one.
" It's too late at this point Panic about anyway – just enjoy it. It is an amazing memory. There are 14,000 other runners, the pacemakers, the team that assembles them, and they all support you. Just enjoy the day.
And be proud of the success
"Many people shake it off -" I only do one half ". No, no – do not let yourself down And do not be fooled, 13 miles is a long distance. It's just as admirable as a marathon, a 50-mile and a 100-mile marathon. You would not go half a marathon distance on Saturday mornings for fun! "