Thanks so much! Reading the blogs even really helps. From what I've read about the race, the hardest things about it are the steps, which you have to do twice, the heat, the disorganization and lack of decent supplies given out.
I've not run a marathon now since 2012 but I have run around 11 of them and done ones in the past like Antarctica and the Sahara. The one I did in 2012 was flat but probably one of the most painful I've done, because my Dad died and so I didn't run for a month and then ran it so was not in good condition at the time. I said to myself I didn't want to do another painful marathon like that again.
Now, I'm just coming off an off-season I took to help drop some weight so I am relatively de-conditioned though I've been cross country skiing/cross-training for a few weeks. That's the main reason I am on the fence right now.
One thing that helps is aside from the time cut-off it does not seem like one you run for time anyway.
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