Brighton Marathon 2013

Can't wait for this one!

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04/03/2013 at 21:36

hi gce  yes im doing the new forest 20 this weekend..Did it last year and its a nice flat route ideal for a training run

04/03/2013 at 22:02
Great posts over the last few days guys, have enjoyed reading them all. Rest day for me today to give my legs a chance to recover from the shock of finally getting back out for a couple of long runs at the weekend and decided not to do my usual and do too much at once then crash for the rest of the week, itching to get some more miles in tomorrow. You guys are great for motivation and all the improvements in my running this year (and it is a big improvement) is down to you guys so thanks :0)
04/03/2013 at 22:56

Right Mark - a full race report. You asked for it!

Up at 6.30am, eating porridge, ea & toast by 7am, and out the door by 7.30 - yawn! 2 hours drive to the New Forest, arrived just in time to collect race number, queue for loo etc. 1 mile walk to the start along a crowded narrow pavement so no chance of a warm up jog, then at the start of a forest trail the Start sign could be seen. Rest of my family arrived on their bikes just as we were called to the start so I reluctantly peeled off my fleece jacket. The wind was bitterly cold and I'd struggled to decide what to wear knowing how hot I get in races vs. how cold the wind was! I finally decided on 2 long sleeve tops, no jacket, running tights, headband and gloves.

As we set off, the first 4 miles were fairly unexciting, through dusty trails of tall fir trees. My shoelace came undone in the first mile, but that was the only excitement. The trails were fairly narrow and I was trying to keep to an even pace, between 10:18 (for a 2:15 finish) and 10:32 (to match my Bristol HM time). When I passed the mile 5 marker, my Garmin was only reading 4.8M which was confusing, and it continued to be out all the way round. Hopefully it was  just because it lost the satelites under the trees, and not because the course was short!

At mile 6 we emerged onto Beaulieu Heath. The phrase 'the blasted heath' kept crossing my mind, because this was flat, had no trees for shelter, and was just totally windswept. The poor marshalls all looked frozen, but were still managing to smile and shout encouragement. It was really horrible running round here and I was relieved when at mile 8 we dropped down, and onto the off road section. I had a gel here just to make sure I had enough energy for the end of the race.

We had been warned that if the weather was wet then trail shoes would be appropriate. I just wore my road shoes as its been so dry lately. However I still managed to find lots of mud, lots of places where there was no discernible path and you just had to pick your way over it. At one enourmous boggy bit the marshall was directing us to try and jump onto a log and then off the other side, but I couldn't jump that far so he held my hand to help me. What a gent!

From mile 10 the route was beautiful. Through 'proper' forest, sheltered from the wind, over a little bridge over a river, through daffodills. Really pretty. Some uphill bits around mile 11, but I managed to run up them and even passed the group of people I'd been seeing in the distance for the entire race.

The concrete railway bridge was hard on the legs, but as I crossed it I could see the college and knew we were nearly back. As I came round the corner of the building I knew the finish line was just there .... and then I was directed to run round the field before heading for the line (curses!) Just before the last corner the man in front of me collapsed. As I stopped to make sure he was okay, a friend of his ran towards us shouting "Asthmatic! He's asthmatic!" We got him to his feet and ran to the line where the St John's ambulance folk sprinted towards him, delighted to have something to do.(My daughter saw him a little later - sat with a blanket around him, looking fine. Phew!)

Crossing the line the clock said 2:16 something, my Garmin said 2:15:55, and my official time is 2:17 something (because I was held up in the funnel behind the asthmatic man) I'm taking 2:15:54 My garmin finally said I'd run 13.0 miles, so I caught up a little!

Splits were 10:06, 10:11, 9:59, 10:34, 10:41, 10:43, 10:37, 10:40, 10:31, 10:40, 10:23, 11:05, 9:46 Very pleased my last mile was my fastest!

Felt like I was going down with a cold last night - had an awful night's sleep with coughing, so I missed m

04/03/2013 at 22:57

missed my run today and took a rest day instead. Feeling a bit stiff now, so I wish I *had* made it out for my recovery run!


04/03/2013 at 23:09
Black And Tabby wrote (see)

Felt like I was going down with a cold last night - had an awful night's sleep with coughing

Ditto   This is the second year in a row I've caught a bad cough in time for the half marathon.  It's not in the chest, though, so I'm intending to resume training tomorrow.  Hope yours is okay too.

Great race reports!  Some really good pacing going on and some useful confidence building all around I think!

05/03/2013 at 07:51
B&T and Toby. Great reports.

I always take echinacea in he few weeks running up to race day. Always seems to kept the cold at bay, also I'm very slightly asthmatic and because of this get free flu jabs. They really do work!!!!
Feeling rather lethargic this week. Hopefully new trainers will turn up today (and fit) to regenerate my mojo
Less than 3 weeks til taper.
05/03/2013 at 10:59

 just looked at the Brighton marathon website, and (unless I am going mad), it seems that they have switched at a late stage to Gatorade for the energy drink, not Powerade as previously stated. Is it just me, or is this a kick in the *£)%(£ at this late stage for those of us who have been using Powerade to get used to it ??

05/03/2013 at 12:27
Salisbury lad. I thought we received an email some time back saying that Gatorade was the official drink. I didn't realise they had previously advertised powerade???
In all honesty the training that everyone on this forum has done will make the drink manufacturer irrelevant. Trust in your training that's what will get you through
05/03/2013 at 14:22

As Mark D said, I can safely say I couldn't tell you from one race to another which manufacturer provided the drinks - it really won't make a difference. I'm sure if you compare the ingredients on both Gatorade and Powerade they'll probably be identical anyway!

05/03/2013 at 14:48

Afternoon all

well 10 miles for me today and what a beautiful one it was must be the hottest day we've had in a long time first time out without a jacket have to say i glad they've got rid of the power aid as i personally didn't like it any way and have never used it

05/03/2013 at 16:15

All the energy drinks taste cack.  Until mile twenty, at which point they taste like nectar.

8m recovery today.  Beautiful day for slowing down, which was just as well really.

05/03/2013 at 17:04

Thanks all - that has made me feel a lot better about the drink !! I shall just have to imagine it is that first pint of beer in 13 weeks and I am sure the world will feel rosy

05/03/2013 at 17:06
Has anyone considered turning this thread into a book and publishing it?
05/03/2013 at 21:30

So many posts to read!!!

Excellent report B&T well done on the run as well!

I had a nice rest day yesterday and then today did 45 mins marathon pace (8.40), 10 mins walk then 30 mins back to marathon pace. I was dreading it initially as the last run/walk/run I did was disastrous! However, I really enjoyed it and managed to go faster in the last section than the first. the only thing I fogot was that it's not light if you go out at 5.30 for an hour and 20 mins... no street lights in one section where I ran and I had no lights (very bad of me I know), but I was wearing a white top!

Debating where to run for 20 miles on Saturday......decisions, decisions. 

05/03/2013 at 22:35
SalisburyLad - love the idea of imagining its beer. Will taste wonderful then!

Mark - I've been taking echinacea since Monday - feeling okay during the day, but waking up coughing in the night and disturbing husband so ending up on the sofa - yawn!

9.5M for me today - legs were feeling very tired, buy I guess running on tired legs is good practice for the big day!
05/03/2013 at 23:33

1:14:52 for five miles. Managing to keep under a 15 min/mile which I'm pleased about, even if I didn't match my previous time. Managed to jog the whole route too, even up New Walk which is a rather steep hill.

06/03/2013 at 04:48

Snownmaiden good for you well done  kido

Edited: 06/03/2013 at 04:48
06/03/2013 at 08:17

Great runs from everyone, keep it going. I am delighted that after a quick (for me) 5.3 mile run yesteday (49 mins), no ill effects on the foot at all, so full steam ahead.

06/03/2013 at 09:07
Wow- impressive stuff on here- is very motivating! Well done to all for pbs and sticking to training goals- long slow run for me today.
Although my legs seem to be holding up well the fatigue after long runs is terrible at the moment Suspect is diet related so trying to eat and hydrate. Actually dreading how I will feel this evening ( and for next few days) Have my new gels to try so maybe they will help. Any ideas for quicker recovery? Thanks
06/03/2013 at 09:47

CatherineP Do you use compression socks? i used to use them only after a run, but find them really good and having read someone's post on here I now wear them when running more than about 6 miles - recovery is much better.

Re diet - try increasing protein intake can be meat/poultry/veg/pulse based but protein helps muscle repair (I'm sure you know that anyway sorry!). Keep well hydrated  the day before a long run as well as on the run itself? What about a foam roller? I also find that I am much better if I keep moving after a long run even just at a slow pace rather than collapsing in a heap which would probably be my preferred choice!!

Hope the new gels work


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