Giants Head Marathon - June 2013

Anyone else taking part?

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30/11/2012 at 14:50

If you're running them as hill reps then run them at race pace or a session of:-

3x60secs; 3x45;3x30;3x15. jog backwards down recovery. All as hard as you can manage. Of course it depends on how long the motorway bridge is.

Otherwise, again depending on what you can do, run for 1 min up and down, recover for 1 min, repeat. 6 or 7 reps.

Any chance of getting away somewhere hilly for training?

Try starting in a lunge position, spring up (jump) swapping which foot is forward, land as you squat down. Repeat for i min or until you can't repeat again. (does that make sense? it's really hard and uses the muscles you'll use for hill running).

oh look, youtube has a video


30/11/2012 at 14:57

30/11/2012 at 18:16

Em hill running is a mental test as well the more you do the more you come to except it. Where we live its all hills I live on the top of one. Never let them defeat you just accept them

I always took a long term approach to them.If I have a hill race, I would add in about 12 weeks before the event instead of speed training hills once a week. First week I find a hill about 800 metres and plod up dont stop (brain training). week 1 do it once

Week 2 run a hill thats steeper but much shorter 100 metres run it as fast as you can say 4 times 

Alternate the weeks long/short increase the long runs by one rep evry other week short run by two

If you cant find hills the tower block stair runs are perfect . Onw wek nice and steady next week as fast as you can. i

Overcome the mental side of hills and you will be fine

11/12/2012 at 16:59

Keep warm in the winter and be green.
Available in black or grey  That's one more colour than the model T Ford.

12/12/2012 at 08:41

I admit - i'm jealous of your green hoody... It's a nice colour!

I've heard that the race is selling out quite quickly for any lurkers.

12/12/2012 at 14:38

We didnt like the green ones and we had that one hanging around glowing in the dark and generally making all the other colours fade, that's why "Little Miss Awkward" got it, to be "different". It was either that or use it as dog bedding 


Yeah we are filling up steadily, faster than I thought we would which is a bit scary. Still places available though 

You can run in places like this


12/12/2012 at 15:59

Goldbeetle - you mean we can run in the dark scary wood?

I think the green looks cool.. if you have any other offcuts that you want me to parade around - please let me know. My in-laws actually liked the black one 

12/12/2012 at 17:02

just testing the new smileys

Thats is Batcombe car park at 7 am and it was perishing

12/12/2012 at 18:30
Emmy the red haired reindeer wrote (see)

Goldbeetle - you mean we can run in the dark scary wood?


12/12/2012 at 20:23

Booo    pirate
26/12/2012 at 11:58

Morning all !

Can't believe I missed the thread about next years 'destination marathon'

So here I is dutifully reporting in.

Am just starting to try and work out a training plan which will hopefully get me back in the swing of things come New Year (after breaking myself somewhat in Snowdonia!), also got another little jaunt in May which should be good training for the main event.

Just a thought, with this being a trail marathon but being in the summer, how likely am I to need trail shoes (not done that sort of thing before .. always stuck to roads!)



26/12/2012 at 15:01

Oh no Bruce, all you'll need for this event is floral knickers and a onesie.

I'm going to be wearing floral knickers after our great leader and trend setter.

26/12/2012 at 18:10

Onesie yes 

Hoody yes

Floral briefs (not knickers) yes

Trail shoes maybe depends if there is a lot of rain could run in road shoes ok

Booo    pirate
27/12/2012 at 13:51

Yay !!! The training has started !!!

First 4 pain-free tempo miles since October, so fingers crossed can begin the proper build up now. (However due to inclement conditions ... chaffing was suffered ... and of the worst kind!)


27/12/2012 at 13:56

I've been studying maps in the local area to find some hills that are within an hour's distance of here and I think i've found a nice 18 miler out and back and with two large hills around 8/16 miles. Super!

I'm not sure I own a pair of floral briefs... are they being provided in the race pack?

27/12/2012 at 14:09
Race pack pants that's an idea.
27/12/2012 at 14:12

27/12/2012 at 14:14
My training for Beachy starts today after lunch
27/12/2012 at 14:16

Always happy to help.

A great little freebie that I got from an eco trail race was a little bag to attach to my camelbak that i can put my empty gel packets/rubbish in. When I first got it - I thought "what a complete waste that is" but its actually come in really useful on every race since.


27/12/2012 at 16:19

I am rather hoping it's going to be far too warm for a onesie on the day - if one is due to be 'hosting' at mile 20 partaaaaay central checkpoint then I'd at least like to think I'll get a tan out of it

I'm rather looking forward to this one - just don't tell my Enigma boss lol

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