Great Welsh Marathon 2013

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04/03/2013 at 12:47

Woohoo - massive PB for me in Llanelli Half yesterday... previous best was 1:49:14 and yesterday I managed 1:43:46. Went out at 8 minute mile and just went all out to keep that pace throughout. Average was 7:55 minute miles. I'm stunned! Only a year ago I could only do that sort of pace for a 5K. Sooo happy. If I never beat that time again, I'll be very proud to say I went sub 1:45 which I know isn't amazing to some, but it certainly is to me

04/03/2013 at 14:01

Good going legend, yesterday was a good day to run fast. Shame they didn't either start or finish the run inside the stadium. But otherwise I thought it was a good day.

04/03/2013 at 22:48

Apparently someone with the same name as me had entered half and I got his race pack.  I could have had a free entry to a race!  

ROs have confirmed I am in the marathon.

I am out of shape at the moment.  Managed a 22-miler today but it was hard on the return leg keeping up the same pace.  Left arm sore - it's as if the shoulder muscles aren't strong enough to support the weight of the arm.  Also some nerve pain.


Shades - I'll trot round with you - I'm going to struggle to get under 7:00:00 this year I think.

05/03/2013 at 08:23

T-Rex - we still have a few weeks, are you doing physio to strengthen your shoulder/arm?

I'd be thrilled with a sub 7 at Conne

14/03/2013 at 13:00

I'm a pretty new runner, and booked to do the Half; it will be my first. Half nervous, half excited, but am following a plan religiously, so there's no reason why I shouldn't finish! I have recruited a running buddy to run with, and our plan is simply to get round with no walk breaks (we're not very quick), and enjoy the atmosphere (as well as remembering not to get in the way of PB chasers and Full Marathoners ).

14/03/2013 at 14:21

Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum as well as this race as well as marathon'ing - this will be my first. I think I'm glad to have missed the VLM entry place as I'm from Cardiff so what better place to earn my 26.2. Im up to 19.2 miles with a LSD of 20 miles this weekend and the San Domenico 20 miler next wekend in Merthyr. I'll do a 22 miler the following week then its taper time. My garmin lets me believe I can do it under my magoc 4 hour dream, hopefully with a bit to spare. It's only my race after all and it's my first. I'm just deliberating whether to run in minimal kinvara's or more robust mirage's. Decisions decisions. Also,, what do people think of running with hydration bladders, is it considered 'wimping' out to carry your own?
It's an honest pleasure to ba a part.


17/03/2013 at 18:31

Hi Sithmoose,


I wouldnt worry what people think of a camelbak, its you who's got to get yourself around so do what suits

18/03/2013 at 17:47

Not wimping out, just perhaps unnecessary if event provides water?  If it's in bottles you simply carry it around with you until it's empty and dispose of it at the next drink station or throw it at the base of a race mile marker or other sign.


I've done a 22 so far with some difficulty from the shoulder and also managed to tear a calf muscle.  I've never felt such a wreck!

20/03/2013 at 13:09

Hi All - I don't think it's wimping out to carry extra weight around a marathon! But there are certainly good points to have drinks waiting for you - you tend to cross certain points several times.

I'm 99% certain to be there - my mileage is massively down, but I've finally got a 20 miler in and the ham/glute seems to be improving. I still plan to use it as training for the Kent marathon in June (which LTS has entered now, btw!) 

Newbies - you'll enjoy the route, although the wind can be very strong and some find the course a little repetitive, but it's still a great setting and, aside from the two railway bridge mounds, it's very flat. Just know that at some point you'll hit a wall of wind for several miles and will need to have a plan for just riding it out in a steady (if slow) rhythm and know at some point you'll turn round!!! And work together - that means sharing not drafting!  

24/03/2013 at 09:23

Finally comitted to entering the marathon as my training for the pendine ultra has been going incredibly well, managed a 23 miler at my marathon PB pace last week. hoping to be suitably recovered and rested from the ultra to put in a good performance at the marathon, taper time now for me. 

Hope everyone elses last few week of training go well and injury free, off out for a 16 miler now.

24/03/2013 at 20:00

Hi, just thought I'd drop in and see what's on the forums for this event as I'm signed up for the marathon. It will be the second time I've done this one - I also did the very warm one in 2011.

I agree with Cable, there's nothing wrong with wearing a Camelback, I will have energy drink in mine and complement it with the water on offer. I found the water stations a bit poorly spaced out (my only criticism of an otherwise good event) so I like to know I will have enough to drink as I might be out there a long time - maybe about 4.30hrs.

I seem to remember the race commentary/music at the start/finish area was pretty fun and made for a good atmosphere. Really good for family and spectators due to the loops, and for the runners the views make the effort worthwhile! Just hoping the weather is kind to us.

Although I'm originally a Swansea girl, I live in the Midlands now, so had to do my long run in the snow this morning - not quite what I was expecting at this time of year!

Looking forward to marathon day


26/03/2013 at 12:42

That all does remind me - both the 2010 and 2011 races were in extreme heat and certainly in 2010 I think I foolishly took on too much water and had a very mild hyponotraemia. So I'd use the fact that there are no other supplies to stick to my training fuel/hydration strategy (incl pockets of jelly babies!) and keep water for over my head!    

26/03/2013 at 15:22

Hello, how is everyone doing? Hope training is going well for everyone?

Welcome to the newcomers!

Not long to go now - I'm guessing it's taper time after Easter? Hate to say this, but I will be sunning it in Turkey while you are all running this.

Cable - at this rate with the weather, there may be a risk of hyperthermia! I got sunburnt in 2010 after the marathon - no chance this year, more like windburn 

I'm in serious training for the Kent Roadrunner on 1st June. Managing to run 6 times a week and building long run up, with a mid week 7-10 miler too. It's hard work, but need to get the training started early ahead of 2 easier weeks on hols mid April.

Were any fo you affected by the cancellation of the San Dom 20 miler? Such a shame.

There's a couple of new parkruns starting in Wales too which might be of interest. Will post details later this week.

Cheers, LTS

26/03/2013 at 16:46

Hello all. Hope tRaining is going well for everyone. Looking forward to doing the half marathon. Wondering if I'll be regretting not sticking with the increased training for the full on the day, or whether I'll be glad I stuck to half.

I did the very cold and windy Atlantic 10K on the weekend and got a new 10K PB despite the conditions so very pleased with that, and hopefully more progress towards an even better half marathon PB.

I'm guessing one of the park runs LTS is refering to is one I'm involved with which is the Porthcawl Park Run. We've got a trial run this Saturday with just the Bridgend area clubs who have helped set it up running to test out the equipment, and then the first official Porthcawl Park Run is the week after on April 6th.

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26/03/2013 at 19:31

I am in Cardiff this weekend, was thinking that I might have a go at Parkrun..... but since I am scheduled to do my first ever 10 miler the afternoon before, think maybe I should have a rest day instead! I know we don't want a heatwave, but I'd quite like not to have to run the Half in my thermals

01/04/2013 at 08:23
Does anyone know if we receive numbers etc pre-race or is it just at registration on the day. Just wondering as apart from confirmation email are we to expect anything else.

Hope everyone's training is going well. Did 22 miles as my final long run yesterday and apart from aching neck felt pretty good. Furthest distance Ive been so a big confidence boost.
01/04/2013 at 10:04

Does anyone know what race was taking place along Swansea seafront by county hall a couple of weeks ago, I think it was a 5K judging by the markers, I ended up getting accidentally caught up in it during a training run.

CC what I remember from previous years is that they do mail out your packs about a week beforehand.

Ye Olde Dragon    pirate
01/04/2013 at 10:13

Alex, it was this one. Something of a success from what I can see. I did enter it, but was not able to go in the end. There is a nice video on the site from thisissouthwales. I'm hoping they will do this every year, a nice friendly 5k with the added bonus of being able to buy a luxury hot chocolate afterward.

I've done my last long run - I'm so glad I did it yesterday, it was fresh but not as bitterly cold as it is today!

01/04/2013 at 11:53

Thanks YOD, looked pretty good from what I saw, looks like one to watch out for next year.

09/04/2013 at 20:39

Thanks for the comments about on board hydration, I've actually carried water for the first time in recent long runs and topped up at petrol stations where necessary. So lightweight and drinking as I go it is then. 22 miler long run completed a few weeks ago and tapering now, todays 5 miler still seemed long. Go figure the mental condition eh??

Good luck to everyone on the carb loading, list writing and final long run this weekend, just 12 miles for me and my Garmin plan then feet up if I can manage it.

See you one race day,, off to find some iron on letters. 

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