Brighton Marathon 2013

Can't wait for this one!

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09/02/2013 at 17:48





AGF ( quite a bit behind Curly )


Charlotte Davey - around 3.35

jelleybaby hopes for sub 4

Barbie hopes to be a 'proper' sub 4:00 hour runner - last year I sneaked under at 3:59:46 so this year I am aiming for 3:50

Gloryboy sub 4 but be nice nearer to 3.30



Daniel Bates - looking at under 4h, but I be happy with with 4h-4h30 to be honest as well. :P


SalisburyLad - main aim is to run the whole way without stopping .. if I can do that around 4:45 will be very happy

Kerrance - Ditto SalisburyLad - first time doing a full marathon - want to enjoy the experience.







just happy to get around and enjoy the day

Poohbear - just to cross the finish line with a smile on my face will be an achievement - dont care how long it takes

Kathy H as it is my first, I should just do this!

Fixed it
09/02/2013 at 18:01

Sore ankles now, but at least that's one of my 16 milers done and dusted.  Bit slower than I had hoped but I can always speed up a bit the more of them (and longer) that I do.  Good psychological barrier to have breached as the longest distance I had done prior to that was half marathon distance.  At least I now know I can keep going for longer than a half marathon.  Still a bit daunting though, thinking I have to do another 10 on top of this in April! 

09/02/2013 at 18:57
Well done Pooh bear a great achievement
I did 2 hours of running, and managed to just about keep up to pace going up the hill, but found coming down hill, a long gradual decline really hard and did it slower than going uphill! Really bizarre I just couldn't find any energy at all and hated the run for the first time ever! I always am a bit tentative going down hill as it hurts my knee, but this was ridiculous! Hoping for a better neg split run tomorrow!
09/02/2013 at 22:12
Barbie1976 - I was wearing calf guards, but they have a tight seam around the bottom edge so weren't very comfortable. I thought compression socks might be better without that edge. So I might just have bought myself a new pair of knee high socks today to give them a go

Poohbear - really well done. Great stamina and determination to push on- which will come in very handy on the day!

Jelleybaby - sorry, but that's really funny that going downhill was slower than uphill. Hope you have a much better run tomorrow.
09/02/2013 at 23:09
Great run poohbear. Always a great feeling when you end up doing more than you anticipated.

20 miles for me today which takes me to 60 for the week. Will be doing slightly less next week as I've got a 70 mile bike ride next Sunday.
10/02/2013 at 09:37

Still waiting to get out for my long run today......was hoping the rain would have eased up a bit. Oh well looks like im going to get wet.

10/02/2013 at 10:36


Jelley - its the tough runs in trainiung that ake you stronger on the day !!

Pooh - well done. 

Toby - super training too !!

Tenjiso - well done for getting on track and your super 20 Miler. Your getting very well prepared for the day. 

T&B - I wear compression sock ALL the time. They are great 

Enjoy the long run Lombster. 


A run around warwick racecourse. Its fair to say that 3 days of rain means it just 1 big wet muddy puddle, The trail shoes did great though and feet kept try. Lulu loved it and chased plenty of birds. It took 2 large towells to wipe her down afterwards - both now in the wash   Looking forward to watching rugby in the pub later  Thats 64 miles for the week !!

10/02/2013 at 12:08

Thanks AGF.  You're doing great some great mileage.

Looks like everyone is doing really well with their build-up's.  Can't quite believe how rapidly the race is approaching!

I did 6m recovery this morning to cap off 50 miles for the week (my joint-highest).

10/02/2013 at 12:39

Just done my 15 mile steady run. First run outside at this mileage and found (desite the rain, wearing heavy clothes - i just hate running in tracksuit bottoms and jumpers etc as it was so cold up here in Stevenage), that the last 2-3 miles was a mental challenge for me. But I didn't stop and completed my 15 mile course. Did it in 2h, 21m, 58secs. 02:21:58. Now I got that out of the way, I feel my half marathon in Milton Keynes next month will be alright. Great training today for the Brighton marathon and now I have to admit, I am looking forward to my rest day from running tomorrow.  

10/02/2013 at 12:47

Daniel well done to you for keeping going

great mileage everyone i will start a list closer to the race to find out whether anyone's interested in a meet up

10/02/2013 at 14:37
Just about thawed out from my LSR this morning. Looks like everyone else has been out in the rain too. 15 miles on a very wet, windy seafront. No feeling left in my frozen hands after the first 8 miles, despite wearing thermal running gloves. It took me 2hrs and 4 mins (that darn head wind again!!), 1 hr thinking how well everything was going, followed by 1hr 4 mins cursing the freezing wind and rain in my face, dreaming of a hot chocolate with marshmallows. My Garmin says I burned 315 total......over 2 hrs 4 mins......and 15 miles......clearly that can't be right, so sod it, I'm having the damn hot chocolate anyway
10/02/2013 at 16:07
315 calories. That's not even a mars bar!!!!!!!!
Horrible horrible conditions at wokingham half today.
Done a MP run of 1.37 so reasonably happy but the legs did feel heavy.
Good running all in challenging conditions. I guess if we wait for the weather to be perfect for running we would never get out.
10/02/2013 at 17:04

Fantastic running everyone despite the awful conditions!

Well the run today was much better - negative splits of 20 mins x3 managed to finish with a 8.15 pace despite being wet and windy.

Picklelilly - definitely deserve a hot chocolate - you must have used at least 1000 calories - when I did 15 I used 1230 calories - obviously height/weight etc vary but a hot choc without at doubt!

MarkD   When it's raining and horrid I tell myself if it was the marathon I'd still run so why not now!! And yes, whilst I managed to escape most of the rain yesterday I didn't today - the word drowned rat comes to mind..... 

10/02/2013 at 18:11

I avoided the rain today by doing some speedwork on the treadmill. It is getting a little easier to use those things. Well done to evryone who got out into the elements.

I ran my LSR a couple of days ago, in the cold but dry weather, The plan said 20 miles, and I managed 19, my longest run so far. I found it pretty hard going.

10/02/2013 at 18:22
Well done everyone running in the horrible weather today. I didn't have to, so enjoyed a rest day trying out my compression socks Husband was out cycling today, and came back soaked and frozen. He's crashed out asleep on the sofa now, bless 'im!

AGF - thanks for that. I noticed in the videos that Toby posted the links to that lots of people were wearing shorts and knee high socks . Funny that I've got over the embarrassment of running in public in tight Lycra, but still feel awkward about some socks!

Half term next week - the challenge of getting out running with the kids here!
10/02/2013 at 18:50
Kathy H wrote (see)

I avoided the rain today by doing some speedwork on the treadmill. It is getting a little easier to use those things. Well done to evryone who got out into the elements.

I ran my LSR a couple of days ago, in the cold but dry weather, The plan said 20 miles, and I managed 19, my longest run so far. I found it pretty hard going.

Kathy don't worry about it hurting after 19 miles, a wise marathon runner once said:

"If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal."

so you're well and truly normal!


11/02/2013 at 04:11

well done all for getting out there in the horrible weather

have decided to try and stick with the sub 4 hour pace maker for as long as i can this year tried it last year but she went off to fast and was hitting 8:20 m/m and a couldn't say with her so will give it ago again this year and see how i get on

11/02/2013 at 09:41

Toby or anyone else who has run with a pacer, how did you find it? Pacing is by far my biggest achilles heal (my previous half/marathon splits have been shocking/hilarious!) so pacing is the one thing I really need to sort out so I was conisdering running with a pacer this year....thoughts?

11/02/2013 at 09:51

Hi all, sorry for the disappearing act, been a rather frustraiting week for training. Came down with a respiratory infection that laid me up for the majority of a week. Managed my two 4 milers on my cycling machine, but didn't get my 12 done on sunday, as I wasn't up to it and in fact slept the entire day away. Never mind, hoping to make up for it once my penicilin has run its course but with such a short time remaining, I'm well ticked off that I came down with it now.


11/02/2013 at 09:54

From memory the Milton Keynes 4:30 pacer finished in around 4:17 last year.  That kind of pacing I can do without 

I think running is too individual to follow exactly somebody else's pace.  For example, do they run even splits, or a slight negative split?  I'm not saying they don't have their place, but my garmin does a good job and I can follow my own plan (and deviate when necessary).  

I wish pacing was the only thing I needed to sort out 

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