Abingdon Marathon

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16/10/2012 at 20:39

that didnt come out right   462 meemeep  wargrave top/vest  3:10

16/10/2012 at 20:48

NumberName               Wearing                                   Target
187       MG15                Black vest,shorts and socks          2:50
844       TickTock           Orange vest/grey shorts                2:57
???        Postie                Navy vest, blue/grey shorts         3:00
141       Chillies FB         Red/Black vest                           3:30
810       Joe Peacook      white & blue caerleon vest          3:58
107       SR3                   yellow stragglers vest                 3:58
389       EckyThump        CRAC vest                                  4:30
294       WarrenK78       Black vest yellow/red hoops        2:59
359       Aching Calves   Red Braintree AC vest,Black shorts 3.20
994       Dart More          White/purple/blue Erme Valley vest 2.50
306       Possum              Orange cap/black beanie?          3:59
846       Barry B              White vest, black shorts              3:15
462       MeeMeep          wargrave top/vest                      3:10

Edited: 16/10/2012 at 20:50
16/10/2012 at 20:49

Rob Phillips - there's a reply in your inbox

4 miles went very nicely @ 9:05/mile - the bits of my legs that don't ache from Sunday feel very good

 

16/10/2012 at 21:24
608 and will be hitching a lift on the 3:15 London 2014 GFA train... like Barry B who will be in the same carriage easily recognisable with a left knee brace!
16/10/2012 at 22:02
Eckytump I went to circuits tonight, but what you want to think about is there will be no fitness benefits whatsoever gained this week. It is purely about recovery you can only do damage. If you're worried give it a miss and put your mind at rest. The only reason I went was to maybe drop a pound before the inevitable weight gain due to carb loading. Funnily enough despite my high mileage I really have to watch my weight
16/10/2012 at 22:06

Thanks Martin. I probably would be better giving it a miss. I have to watch my weight now as I seem to overcompensate for my mileage.

16/10/2012 at 22:24

Ecky

can i politely ask - just how expereinced a marathoner are u

16/10/2012 at 22:29

Micknphil its my first one.

16/10/2012 at 22:58

Ok, we all have or had a first one

a few days to go - arrive at the start fresh, relaxed,  and injury free

do a little over the coming days, but not a lot, just to keep the mind and body flowing

you cannot do anything between now and Sunday about your physical fitness, but u can prepare well, rest well, eat, drink and sleep well

and keep a relaxed mind, and try and build on physcological mind tactics

come sunday, go gently with the flow, forgwt what the experienced or elite runners are doing - they are used to it all

ease into the 26 miles bit by bit, taking on all drinks - between now and race day stick to what you know food and drink wise

i'll be around if u want to chat, as will many others who no doubt will happily be around for advice

Have a great run - and enjoy it, relaxed and enjoying it, ( but not getting carried away ) and you'll be suprised how the body wil flow and perform

17/10/2012 at 00:31

Ecky - everything Mick says there is perfect, and very calming for me as well, thanks Mick

Something I found helpful when I did my best marathon was, at the 2 mile marker, to start clicking off 4% every mile marker - "80% done" sounds a lot better than "5.2 miles to go" when you get to 21 miles.

Ther will be lots of people around you who will keep you going, and there will be people who will appreciate a few words of encouragement.

Finally, remember why you are doing it - because you want to, and because you can.

17/10/2012 at 00:37

Oh , and MG15 - I have the same issue with weight - but only because the more I run the more bloody biscuits I eat. That and the love of apple based alcoholic beverages, which also increases with mileage

17/10/2012 at 08:30

Short but sharp hill session last night with my club (one more easy run on Thursday and that is it before Sunday). Really looking forward to Sunday as it has been over a year since my last marathon (only my 3rd).

Great advice from you all above - we really are lucky to be able to rock up to the start line in good health, ready to run. Run for all those who can't.

Hope to see some of you there - I may take the list en route as I certainly won't remember all the detail

187       MG15                Black vest,shorts and socks          2:50
844       TickTock           Orange vest/grey shorts                2:57
???        Postie                Navy vest, blue/grey shorts         3:00
141       Chillies FB         Red/Black vest                           3:30
810       Joe Peacook      white & blue caerleon vest          3:58
107       SR3                   yellow stragglers vest                 3:58
389       EckyThump        CRAC vest                                  4:30
294       WarrenK78       Black vest yellow/red hoops        2:59
359       Aching Calves   Red Braintree AC vest,Black shorts 3.20
994       Dart More          White/purple/blue Erme Valley vest 2.50
306       Possum              Orange cap/black beanie?          3:59
846       Barry B              White vest, black shorts              3:15
462       MeeMeep          wargrave top/vest                      3:10
183       Stevan Jones     Southville Green top/vest          3.22

17/10/2012 at 08:31

Caf - many thanks for the pointer to the map, much better than anything I could find and invaluable to guide the family to a viewing point.

17/10/2012 at 08:45

Thanks all for the brilliant advice. I like the idea of the percentage of what I have done as thats my worst thing,thinking how far I still have to go.

 

17/10/2012 at 09:10

Eckytump - I'm in the same boat. It's my first marathon and I'm expecting somewhere between 4h30 and 5h. I'm planning a run-walk strategy as my last few weeks training haven't gone well and I'm coming in to the race feeling unprepared and a little out of condition. I'm sure we'll both be fine.

A couple of general questions for those who have done the race before. Sorry if they've been covered elsewhere:

Is the water on course in cups or bottles?

Are there toilets on course or are the roadsides conducive with a little scamper off for a wee in the bushes?

Thanks. BTW I'm number 755. See you all there.

17/10/2012 at 10:52

Steve  -  Water/squash in cups last year lucozade in bottles at mile 13 and 21 ish.  No toilets on the course but plenty of opportunity for a unplanned stop.

17/10/2012 at 11:00

Steve,

99% certain it's water in cups.

No "official" toilets on course.

If you are pushing five hours you will see me at the back in a big white minibus keeping you company and chivvying you along.  Safety reasons as well as it can get lonely in Milton Park!

17/10/2012 at 11:11

Ran Abingdon last year in just short of 5 hours,it was fantastic.

17/10/2012 at 11:13
Barry B wrote (see)

Steve  -  Water/squash in cups last year lucozade in bottles at mile 13 and 21 ish.  No toilets on the course but plenty of opportunity for a unplanned stop.

Thanks Barry. Think I'll carry a bottle with me then in case I need anything between stops.

17/10/2012 at 11:16

I have water bottles on the wheelchair- feel free to ask

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