Claire House Excalibur Marathon

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03/03/2012 at 21:24
Im starting to get worried about this now lol.   Not able to run any of the course before the date so looks like I will be doing a lot of walking on this.
04/03/2012 at 10:59
Don't worry Spen71, I'm in exactly the same boat, but lets be honest nobody's gonna be getting a PB on this course and the more time we spend walking the more we'll be able to enjoy the beautiful welsh countryside!
04/03/2012 at 13:22
I've picked up a knee injury which keeps returning every time I run. Really gutted because i'm a major doubt for this now
04/03/2012 at 14:06
Peers wrote (see)
I've picked up a knee injury which keeps returning every time I run. Really gutted because i'm a major doubt for this now

Don't write yourself off yet. I pulled up 2km into my long run two weeks ago with a painful ankle. I rested it and gave it lots of ice and returned to my training a week later - taped up at first. I took it a bit easy the first week back but at the end of the second week now I'm back to my old self.

Give it some proper rest and hopefully you'll be OK.

Good luck with it.

04/03/2012 at 14:11
JP_lost wrote (see)
 lets be honest nobody's gonna be getting a PB on this course

I am - assuming I finish.

I've never done a marathon before.

04/03/2012 at 16:02
Woah Clywdian, what a way to start, respect!

and Peers ditto to everything Clywdian said, You've got 4 weeks, get yourself to a sports physio and you've a fighting chance of getting back in the game. Good Luck
04/03/2012 at 16:42
@Peers - @Clwydian and @JP_lost are both correct. Get ice on it. It's possible it could be a tracking problem which means all the running you are doing is causing a muscle strength imbalance. I had this once and a week using a foam roller on the outside of the thigh (ITB) sorted ot out. Don't let it get to you.

@spen71 - You can only train so much. I'd say 50% if not more is down to will power on the day. Just stay focused and positive, enjoy the the day and you'll get round. I intend on doing it the walk/run way, what ratio I'll decide on the day when I catch a glimpse of them hills for the first time

I know this is going to be difficult but I can't wait!
04/03/2012 at 16:45
JP_lost wrote (see)
Woah Clywdian, what a way to start, respect!

It's not as dramatic as it sounds. I've run further in a day before (60 k) but it was done in 10 k laps with a rest between each one while my partner did her lap. Much less climb on that although it wan't flat by any means.

I've definitely done more climb in a day doing mountain marathons. I've just never done a "proper" marathon distance event.

I just got my rota for some work I do and I'm going to be working on April 1st so let's hope I really am ready.

27 days to go.

04/03/2012 at 17:17
Cheers for the advice guys. I gave it 10 days complete rest and it returned after 10 minutes. Doesn't hurt at all now but it does click/pop quite often when I walk.

I will rest until a week before the event and try again. If it is ok I will run even though I won't have had the best preparation. As long as I complete time is not important.
04/03/2012 at 17:18

I forgot to mention that I have done the miles just on the road and not as many hills as this will.

(After Blackpool next week this will be my fourth marathon this year)

04/03/2012 at 17:49
spen71 - I'm sure you'll be fine, you've obviously got experience over the marathon distance ok, so yes it will be off-road and v hilly, but having been out to recce the course I cannot believe that any/many people would be able to run the whole lot, so for most it's going to be a run/walk strategy - I think TR40 and I are looking towards the run/walk/crawl&curse strategy esp the nice little loop at the end
04/03/2012 at 17:57
Yep that sounds like a plan for us panad!!
04/03/2012 at 19:03

I've produced a narrative description of the route - prompted by BlisterUK.

If anyone else wants a copy, let me know and message me with an e-mail address.

04/03/2012 at 20:05

@Clwydian has very kindly taken the time to put together a great narrative of the majority of the course. I

would greatly recommend giving it a read if you get chance. I found it most helpful especially as I dont

intend any recce's beforhand.

 Thanks Clwydian!!

04/03/2012 at 20:44
Panad and TR40 do you want company?
06/03/2012 at 12:05

This might be of interest to people who don't really know the Clwydian range. It's spoilt a bit for me by going on about the Clwydian and Llantysilio Mountain Range but a lot of the flyover is the area we will be running.

 Clwydian Range Flyover

06/03/2012 at 21:53
Spen its ok with me more the merier
07/03/2012 at 13:20
Ok mate.   What pace you thinking of starting off?
07/03/2012 at 19:55
Slow and easy spen Panad and i both did snowdonia in about 3:50 with in a few minutes of each other this baby is goinig to be so much tougher! We not racing this one
07/03/2012 at 20:37

Yep, come and join the party spen71

hoping to get out for a 20 mile run tomorrow, unfortunately it won't be near/on the course, but hopefully it'll get rid of some cobwebs

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