Abingdon Marathon

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12/10/2012 at 21:17
Thanks Aching, Barry. This will be the first race I've run fresh since abo training started and ill have had three full days rest so be interesting to see my time compared to last year. The conditions are looking favourable so no excuses.
13/10/2012 at 00:50

Barry, I had a dentist checkup on Thursday, and I've got to go on Tuesday for 2 filling replacements - I need a forum judgement on whether this counts as a "get your excuses in early" plea

13/10/2012 at 09:31


 I hope everyone gets their Teeth problems sorted before the day.

I am really excited now and not thinking about it as I will get nervous. Im so looking forward to meeting my team who I have been chatting to for the last couple of years on here. I dont think I could have done anymore and I know I wont be at the front so I really just want to enjoy it and get round.

I am racing tomorrow too at a local 10k. I am running with a friend so may just take it easy. I dont do eyes on stalks kind of running. 

13/10/2012 at 14:06
Good luck for tomorrow Eckytump (and anyone else mad enough to be racing!).

After last weeks tumble and trip to A&e I have managed 2x5 milers, a 4 and an 8 at mp. Given me a bit of confidence that nothing too damaged and should make it to the start (and hopefully finish!).

Only have a 3,4 and 2 miler on the schedule for next week. Can any of you experienced marathon runners offer any advice re carbo loading to a marathon virgin?! Don't want to overdo it! Do I really need to be loading all week or are the three days before the key?

Hope everyone is fit and relaxed and teeth problems get sorted before next Sunday!
13/10/2012 at 16:13

SR3 my advice on carbo loading is only start on Thursday and stop early Saturday evenng. I probably eat the same amount of calories as per usual but cut out things like fruit and veg(!) and replace with extra rice, pasta, bagels (and biscuits), though I do eat a lots of carbs normally so it isn't a massive change! I also make sure I drink a bit more fluid on Saturday to ensure I am not dehyrdrated come Sunday. I normally notice I put on pound or two which is just the glycogen getting stored with the extra water in the liver and muscles. On Saturday evening I have an early tea of pasta and then on Sunday have my weetabix. Interesting to hear others views.

Planning on 12 miles tomorrow with 1 or 2 at MP. Then next week with be runs of 5, 4 and 3 miles I think. Still haven't decided on exact race pace but it will be 6:45 or a little quicker. Is anyone else aiming for ~2:56?



13/10/2012 at 16:17
Tick took that is perfect advice. Couldn't really add much other than drink plenty a few days before too, big lunch and lighter tea sat. Basically up your carb content in meals but don't overdose on extra calories
13/10/2012 at 16:35

SR3 - I've never been a great one for carb loading. I make sure I've had 3 good meals on Friday & Saturday, usually plain stuff (roast chicken dinner or steak & chips being my usual last meal). There are people out there who swear by 3 pints of Guinness the night before!

Race day morning I will have a couple of bits of toast, a granola bar and a Clif bar on the way, and maybe 250 ml of an SIS drink, then a gel at 10, 15 & 20 miles. I know I've only done 4 marathons, and not as quick as many on here, but touch wood I've never felt as if I've completely "run out of fuel"

Ecky - enjoy the 10K

13/10/2012 at 17:13

SR3 -   General increase of carbs from thursday onwards, not massive meals but lots of "grazing" inbetween meals, malt loaf, fig rolls etc increase of fluid intake to ensure hydrated, including a couple of drinks with electrolyte tabs.  Sunday morning big bowl of porridge, electrolyte drink on way to Abo.



14/10/2012 at 09:40

I've been First Defencing for the last few days but woke this morning with blocked nose/thick head, better today than next sunday.  10 miles for me, cold/frosty/foggy to start but perfect running conditions by halfway through the run, first mile 8:22 then picked the pace up mile 4 to 6 under 7:20 and 7 to 10 under 7:10, finished with 7:20 avg.  Head feels better now and a few snot rockets cleared my nose.  Go racers.

14/10/2012 at 13:07

Henley Half - much, much better this weekend - ran it fairly hard, without sprinting in at the end or wrecking myself on the hill. 1:38:45, which is a course best for me by nearly 3 minutes.

BB - glad you cleared your head this morning, and hope all other racers went well


14/10/2012 at 13:11

Hi all and Thanks for the Good Luck messages. I did take it quite easy and came in just a few seconds over the hour. It was a lovely flat course though and such a nice day to race. I had a light massage after to soothe me legs.

I cant wait till next week now.

14/10/2012 at 13:54

CBF intresting choice for final LSR. That hill between 8 and 9 is a right b*****r.

9.75 for me and now relax

14/10/2012 at 14:01

Well done Chillies,thats some taper.

14/10/2012 at 15:31

Postie - LSR = late suicidal race??

14/10/2012 at 16:07

SR3  - re carbo loading I agree I would really only worry about this Frid/Sat and Sunday. I personally do not eat that much more that I would normally do, with only perhaps a bit of grazing between meals and additional fuild intake. I certainly would not try any foods you have not eaten before. I find if I eat too much I feel sluggish for the race. However only once you have tried it, will you know what works best for you.

CFB - well done on the course pb.

Ecky - good call on taking it easy.

Barry  - good speedy run. Glad the head felt better after. I also woke up this morning with a blocked up nose, fortunately nothing else, and it cleared during my run, and are OK now.

9 1/2 miles slow this morning (av8.49). I enjoyed the run and was comfortable, but did not think I would have still been comfortable going any faster, which is worrying.

Edited: 14/10/2012 at 16:07
14/10/2012 at 16:32
Well done chillies and Ecky on your races.
Did my 10k exactly a minute faster than last year 36:02 so got to be pleased. Finished fifth overall and 2nd in age group, our club also scooped 2nd in the team prize with a f45 win for one of our ladies so a pleasing day all around. Felt quite hard in the race but 10k's do that's what they are all about I suppose. My groin feels a little tight but that's not worrying it's sure to ease off and I have a massage booked for Thursday should it persist.
What's everyone's plans for the final week? I may or may not run tomorrow ill do five on Tuesday (club night) and probably four easy weds and thurs with a few miles @MP in the middle of both but it's all going to be on feel. If I feel in the slightest tired I won't run. Well done everyone on making it this far a feat in itself, it's all downhill from here the hard work is done and it's time to reap the rewards of all the hard training. Looking at the forecasts (and I've looked at loads lol) the wind is slightly worrying at 15mph but with a week to go things will change there no doubt about that!!
14/10/2012 at 17:20

Fantastic racing there MG

Plan for me is 6 easy on Tuesday, repeat on Thursday, with perhaps three in the middle at MP.

I am currently mostly watching Felix Baumgarten - almost watching through my fingers

14/10/2012 at 18:52

Some excellent advice on pre-race carbs etc most of which is very sensible. I'd especially endorse AC's comments though if it's your first long race - don't do anything wildly different to what you normally do - up the carb intake a bit over the last three days and don't start eating anything 'special' that you haven't tried before, It's easy to overdo it and end up running feeling bloated. I did read somewhere recently that the Kenyans tend to lose weight in the last week leading up to a marathon........

Have been going through the usual process of psyching myself out of it in the last week or so, even though there's no real reason to - seems like others are doing the same thing! Went out and ran a 12 miler this morning at only just slower than MP - silly me. Hopefully not taken too much out of myself - really must make myself rest and relax for the next 7 days... Nothing further than 5 miles and down to 2 or 3 for the last couple of days

A question for some of the experienced Abo runners - are there mile markers all of the way round and if so are they pretty accurately positioned ? There's nothing worse than wrongly positioned mile markers !

14/10/2012 at 18:58
Thanks for all the carbo loading advice! Getting very nervous but also excited to think that this time next week will be sitting / lying down with a large glass of dry white and whatever happens it will be over!

Great results Chillies and MG! I think the only way I might see you next Sunday is if you lap me!!
14/10/2012 at 19:21

That was the most stressful thing I have EVER seen

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