Originally Posted by statss
After much debating like yourself around this time last year I eventually decided to do this as my first marathon. You'll be absolutely fine, there's only 2 "hard" parts, around miles 12-13 and at the end around 22-24. You won't be alone on the course either as you'll meet the back end of half marathon field during the second half of the race as they start later than the full, halfway along the course.
The Connemara one or Belfast? Were you running for long and often before you decided to go for the full? I'm running just a year- usually go at my own pace. I'm far from a sprinter. Started running to keep fit and then just increased my distance and frequency. I run on my own, and have just been introduced to boards and reading through many of these type of threads- feeling a little overwhelmed now actually.... - lots of jargon and abbreviations I never heard of before!! I normally just log my runs on map my run and compare total times and distance.
I've never actually read up on running before- looks like there's a lot more to running than just running...