Abingdon Marathon

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20/09/2012 at 23:14

Hi all - another long time lurker deciding to surface!

This will be my second Abingdon Marathon and my third attempt at getting a sub-3. Was a few minutes ahead of pace at 21 miles back in 2009 when my calf went and I limped home in 3:16.  Had achilles surgery since and then ran 3:01 in London this year.

I also ran Maidenhead and finished with a new PB by three minutes - 1:20:59. Feel I should be good for sub-3 with that time. Only concern is that I haven't run a 20 miler yet but have two in my plan over the next two weekends.

On pacing I'm planning to go out at 6:40 and see how I get on.  If I remember my last Abingdon outing the first couple of miles are on a slight downhill and I ended up getting carried away and running 6:27 and 6:30 for the first two miles. Won't be doing that again!




21/09/2012 at 00:20

Hi all - it's been too long to read back, and I'm not sure this replacement puter is working properly - but I shall persevere if only to get a backlog of work done.

Marathon training has been rubbish, basically, but Maidenhead half in 1:36-ish was OK in my head - didn't push too hard. So this Saturday I'm doing London to Brighton off-road bike ride (75 miles) which I will somehow pretend is better than a slow 20!

I'll check back at a more sensible hour and have a read of the past couple of day's postings - hope everyone is OK

21/09/2012 at 04:48

Adam -  Welcome, great time at Maidenhead, you've obviously got bags of pace for a sub 3 attempt, see how your 20's go, how are you planning to run them?

Chillies -  Well done at Maidenhead, should have made it a thread outing, but it is a very good race and I am planning to do it again next year.Enjoy the bike ride.

21/09/2012 at 10:07

Hi Barry - I signed up with a coach in January and am following the programme he sets for me.  He operates to times rather than distance so my runs for the next two Sundays are:

2:45 and in the last hour 3 x 15 mins @ marathon pace and 5 min recoveries

3:00 with last hour @ marathon pace

I reckon the first one will be around 21 miles and the second I did as part of my London traning and ran 23 miles so expecting the same.

Agree that Maidenhead is a great race.  I've been telling people about it and would definitely do it again.  Loved the finish back through the town.


21/09/2012 at 10:14
Been ages since I posted - too muh other stuff going on!
Looks like people are getting some great training in. Not long to go now eh
Still hoping to get somewhere in the 2.5x mark but we shall see
Planning a couple of mp finish runs in the next 2 weeks which should see where I am
Did a semi multi terrain up in crathes in the north of Scotland ( in 21 degree heat!) on sat. Time was poor at 1.24.28 ( nearly 5 mins off pb) but this got 6th place so prob hard to draw any conclusions
21/09/2012 at 16:27

Martin – maybe not fast as you would like, but still good run there.

TickTock – best of luck with your 22 miler tomorrow.

Adam – welcome and congratulations on the recent PB. This suggests you may be well below 3 hours at Abo. Sounds like you have 2 tough long runs planned though.

CFB – best of luck with your marathon bike ride tomorrow.

Fraser – sounds like the training is going well.

Club track session last night, 2 x 3miles (with 5min recovery). Times were 20.21 (av 6.39) & 20.28 (av6.33). Reasonably happy, and hope has not taken too much out for Pleshey HM on Sunday. Anything better than 1.35 on Sunday will be fine.

21/09/2012 at 17:49
Hi Adam welcome along. How is it going with a coach? Is it online or face to face? I am thinking of hiring one after Abingdon to take me through to London.
Aching - yes not as fast as I'd like but hopefully I'm getting there, had an easy 8 today and felt a bit fresher got a 13 tomorrow and a 20 Sunday so big finish to the week.
I have an 18 planned for a fortnight Sunday (2 weeks out) which I'm planning on doing a 4 warm up then 14 @ MP. It's a session I did before holiday and I maintained pace and felt ok so if I can do the same ill be happy
21/09/2012 at 20:02
Mg/Adam - I have an online coach too. I've found him really useful. Good for firing off egocentric emails to endlessly dissecting your running- stops my wife climbing the walls with boredom! If anything he's good for making me do less when circumstances dictate but then def makes me push harder for the tough sessions ( the "reporting to teacher" factor) .Took a good chunk of my mara time after one campaign though various factors ( injury then weather stuffed up the next two). Hoping for some progress this time !
Good luck on sun AC
21/09/2012 at 20:43

Fraser -  Sounds a pretty good effort if you came 7th.

AC  - Nice pacy miles, good luck for Sunday. Don't set off too quick, aim for 7's and see what happens.

4 Easy for me this afternoon,day trip to Blackpool tomorrow to visit parents, good luck to any other racers this weekend.

Edited: 21/09/2012 at 20:43
22/09/2012 at 14:10

Hi everyone. Only just found this thread. Will have to find time to read all the way through it soon.

Abingdon this year will be my first marathon. Training has been going pretty badly of late tbh . Struggled with boredom on long runs until I found a decent new route. Just as I did, and did my first 18-miler (run-walk), I started struggling with fatigue which turned into a heavy cold and is now just fatigue again.

On the advice of pretty much everyone I've asked, I'm taking a break for the moment to try and get over it properly. Really hate not running but hoping it's better in the long term. I've resigned myself to having to run-walk the mara and am really just hoping to get round now without getting kicked out at cutoff time. My previous target times are out of the window.

Good to meet you all. Hopefully I'll be back up and raring to go in 4 weeks time. Good luck with the rest of your training.

22/09/2012 at 14:45

Hi All,


Not been on forum for years(!), just a quickie to say I am unable to do this race justice this year (run it 3 or 4 times and its a lovely race)...so I now have a place available to the first person who emails me...Checked with organisers and if we get the details to them today then its ok.

Can sort out race fee later...



22/09/2012 at 15:01

Hi, am injured so not able to run Abingdon.  If anyone wants the place let me know and can sort out transferring.  Thanks, J

22/09/2012 at 18:09
Fraser I'm really looking forward to having a bit of guidance with a coach, it'll be interesting to see if he improves me and there'll certainly be some new and welcome training techniques to get my head round.
Running wise at last I can come on without whining 13 miles today with a nice big hill in the middle done at an average of 6:50. Felt great all the way round legs weren't aching and I finished fairly strongly. Finally getting over the holiday, tomorrow's 20 will be a sterner test but at last I feel like I'm getting there.
Sorry to hear of all the drop outs, Steve good luck with the rest of your training finishing a marathon is a massive achievement in itself so don't get bogged down with worrying about cut off times it'll all be alright on the day.
22/09/2012 at 19:30

welcome seesteverun. Completing a marathon is an amzing acheivement which the vast majority of the population will never even try to do. You need to take it easy for a few days and get rid of your cold before running again. There is never a good time to get a cold but now is probably the least bad. You have managed 18 miles fo come race day you will be ok and get to the end.

MG13 nice paced 13 miles and good luck with 20 tomorrow. And good luck to AC at Pleshey

Today I did my long run. Felt a bit weird doing it on a Saturday but ended up with 22 miles including 6 at marathon pace. So very happy with the run, plus I can treat myself to a few pints tonight as I don't have to get up early

22/09/2012 at 20:22

Hi all

Abingdon will be my first Marathon too and tbh I am very nervous about being last and getting dragged off the course on the bus. Training was going well but have struggled of late with illness and not having time to do a couple of the longest runs. I just hope I can do this justice. I plan to do 17-18 tomorrow. I am doing this with a few others from the forums and am really looking forward to it.

Seesteverun I may be joining you

Edited: 22/09/2012 at 20:24
23/09/2012 at 00:48

Evening all. I've just seen Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet picking up a kebab from my local village kebeb shop. This isn't really news because he lives here.

Today I have learnt that 75 (about 60 actually off road) miles is a bloody long way on a mountain bike. I had to push it up the middle section of the last hill (Beeting Hill on the south downs) but I overtook the three blokes who were actually riding the thing! I rode the other three hills though. My knees hurt.

Steve, Ecky, if you've dragged youselves round 18 miles alone you'll get through it. There will be plenty of encouragement to keep you moving

I'll try to have a read through the last couple of days postings tomorrow. Night all 

23/09/2012 at 10:33

Welcome Steve  and Ecky, stick around.  First mara just concentrate on getting round, amazing feeling when you finish, then you either think never again or when's the next one.

Martin -  Good to hear you're happy with your running.  We're always a bit harsh on ourselves but that is what drives us to get better.

TickTock -  Nice long one. Hope the hangovers not too bad.

400 miles round trip to Blackpool yesterday and felt it when I got up early this morning, just over 24 at 7:54 avg so happy with that. My treat myself to a pint of guiness this afternoon.

Edited: 23/09/2012 at 10:34
23/09/2012 at 13:09

Thanks for the welcome. I managed 16.5 this morning and could have gone further but I didnt have the time. I felt quite good as I am now confident that I will make the cut off.

Wow Barry B you are speedy.

23/09/2012 at 14:47

Thanks for my welcome too. Perversely it helps to know I'm not the only one struggling. I had visions of everybody haring off at 3-hour pace and me turning up 2 hours after they've all gone home.

I've rested today but I did go for a walk this morning. Going to rest in the week and just walk then too. Hope to get back to running next weekend but still take it easy.

Would like one more 15mi+ run before the race, although it's going to have to include a few walking breaks.

Barry B - I'd be happy with one mile at that speed. Very impressive.

23/09/2012 at 15:53

Seesteverun I was thinking the same thing. We will be fine as long as we dont get caught by the sweeper bus.

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