I will be very sad when the Brighton marathon is over .....

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seren nos    pirate
22/03/2013 at 14:44

I'm following stevies advice and going shorter but faster this year

22/03/2013 at 14:51

What exactly was this race set up Seren?

Was it covering 50 or so miles, and then ending with an official marathon that Sussex was marshalling at?

Either way if you could do a marathon in 4hours, and this one took 11hours,I think that sums up the world of pain you had entered.

Sounds miserable.

seren nos    pirate
22/03/2013 at 15:01

sussex wasn't there....... he was just having his little digs as I had stated that you should go by the time to equate the effort people put in....


It was the second marathon at the end of a double ironman........the hills on the 232 mile bike course killed my quads..tried running it off on the first marathon but the quads just seized..that and the hullicinations that saw me wandering off course in the mud and woods slowed me down.....never known the desire to stop and sleep in the rainy mud ever before.....

Msybe I should have not entered and just left it to the young natural athletes...but to actual finish it meant something to me....so i can understand how those finishing a marathon who aren't naturally suited to it must feel.....even if they takes 6/7 hours.......and how cheap the digs are that well you didn't actually deserve a medal as you were slow.......if it was up to some then you shouldn't have been allowed to enter..........

as long as people finish within the races cutoffs then they have completed it  and deserve their finishing medal as much as anyone else......its a personal achievement.only the individual will know if they worked hard enough for it

22/03/2013 at 15:21

I can accept most of that, but i'll never understand why you'd put yourself through all that! Surely a marathon or a slightly longer ultra is challenge enough for anyone!

I don't see many fast blokes getting through a marathon campaign without an injury breakdown or 2, let alone all that extra stuff on top!

I can understand entirely that completing a marathon to many is simply a once in a lifetime tick off job.

And it's a very worthy achievement in my eyes, in the way that completing a 5k to 10k isn't.


Edited: 22/03/2013 at 15:24
22/03/2013 at 15:26

And I was the one left holding the bottle at the (2nd) 20 mile marker for her, in the dark and the rain.

Everyone who took part in that event pushed themselves to the absolute limit.  You know someone has tried their hardest when they can't even get back to their accommodation 300m away after they have finished.  I think it is fair to say that the two of us carried / dragged her from the finish line.

22/03/2013 at 15:28

So then guys, I'm doing a 24 mile event in four weeks time.  My longest training session since Christmas has been 8 miles.  What training do you all think I should be doing in the next three weeks before the taper?  I'd be interested to hear opinions and please be honest about it

22/03/2013 at 15:39

Ouch! I'd suggest trying to get your long run up as much as you can, however slow.

Maybe the progression of 12,15,18?

Much quicker step up than you'd normally do, but with a mere 3 weeks of training time, you don't want to be entering that race without having the security of good long runs!

22/03/2013 at 15:39

(ps taking your post at face value, and assuming it's not some satire on those who leave themselves woefully undertrained)

22/03/2013 at 15:45
SuperCaz wrote (see)

So then guys, I'm doing a 24 mile event in four weeks time.  My longest training session since Christmas has been 8 miles.  What training do you all think I should be doing in the next three weeks before the taper?  I'd be interested to hear opinions and please be honest about it

But Caz - you're not running. You're swimming it, right? Isnt that a completely different kettle of fish?

22/03/2013 at 15:50

Emmy, stop spoiling my fun!

Yes, I am genuinely doing a 24 mile event and have done a longest swim of 8 miles since Christmas.

22/03/2013 at 15:50

I've got DF3's training book here. You have done 8 miles in training. On the day repeat that 3 times. It's very simple

22/03/2013 at 15:51

you are going to be so bored.

sooo bored.

22/03/2013 at 15:53

Don't be silly.  I will have lots of people to chat to and my support buddy won't shut up.

22/03/2013 at 16:09

Hmmm... I recommend fourteen pounds of goose fat and a waterproof iPod.

Don't listen to me though, I can't swim for toffee.

seren nos    pirate
22/03/2013 at 16:43

of course the wall doesn't exist.........but at some stage of the race there will be a time when you probably want to stop for one reason or another........because incase you didn't know...26 miles is a long way 

22/03/2013 at 17:32
The walls is a real physical thing. Ask anyone who ran the first two Brighton Marathons. They took it down the third year.
22/03/2013 at 19:23

This place amazes me.  If I'm posted about my event anywhere else then a thread may have been started on here taking the piss out of me.  I post about it here, expecting a lot of ribbing and get hardly a comment

22/03/2013 at 19:29

we only criticise running on this forum I'm afraid Caz. If you want some swimming criticism you'll have to head over to Tri

22/03/2013 at 19:49

Lol Stevie, the tri lot don't understand me as I swim in winter, swim without a wetsuit and do more than 2.4 miles.

But the principles are basically the same as with running.  I do my swimming training using the same basic principles as marathon training: some long swims, some speed work, rest when my body tells me to, worry about nutrition, use an MP3 player and forget to stretch

22/03/2013 at 19:52
I don't think it's the response that stops you it's the lack of it. One tiny criticism on that thread and they hit you with the ignore button. They are all happy in their little world. We are merely observers tugging gently at their testis.
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