Greater Manchester Marathon

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08/05/2012 at 10:43

I too am finding it harder to recover after this maraton than any other - I am now wondering if it is to do with the weather on the day and whether this has got into the muscles.

08/05/2012 at 10:49

I'm sure the weather had a dramatic impact not only on my performance on the day but recovery as well. Cold muscles arn't as flexible, pushing them to perform in order to maintain pace has no doubt done more damage than normal

08/05/2012 at 11:00

sounds like another run like Chester might be good for you HO2. Manchester was my first marathon and I am looking forward to running another one next year as I too have felt a bit low since. Loved aspects of GMM but because of the weather didn't run my best time. My family were having a tough time standing round in the rain watching. It was a case of gritting teeth and getting on with the job. I never enjoyed the usual atmosphere of the race village as I huddled under a tree sheltering at the start then whisked away at the end as the family had had enough and I was so cold. I do think the people of Manchester and the marshalls were brilliant in their support. I wish I had taken my i pod for the section after Dunham Massey (I am just too law abiding), I was driven to singing to myself! But depite all this I did actually run a marathon and raised a great amount for charity Hope you begin to feel better about it all soon HO2

Edited: 08/05/2012 at 11:00
08/05/2012 at 19:42
First speed session after race - treadmill session and pushed to limit - it was great to be able to do it and still feel good afterwards. That 10K PB on 20th is looking possible.
08/05/2012 at 19:57

BP yes, almost forgot, The 20th is upon us again, I'm going for my 4th run in this event and my annual PB

08/05/2012 at 20:40

Thanks Lilly.  Very kind words.  It too was my first marathon but I have ran the distance before on my own faster! Never mind, as a runner we should know that these things happen but it was so extreme after training for months to be dealt such a shit day in every way!   I shall see what happens re finding a place for Chester.  It seems to be a VERY popular half and no-one has come up with a place yet.  However I have a feeling the closer to sunday, the more people will end up pulling out (hopefully not because of injury though...). 

12/05/2012 at 13:12

I got my bag back on thursday, happy to be reunited with my stuff... but then got an e-mail from the organisers yesterday to say sorry but they have lost my possessions.  They still can't get organised even in their own offices....

15/05/2012 at 13:09
15/05/2012 at 13:34

H - that is brilliant - it is exactly as I remembered it!! Hope you are over your injuries now.


15/05/2012 at 13:48

That's pretty funny, but I reckon I can beat it.

This week I actually received a request to complete a customer satisfaction survey for the Manchester Marathon.

15/05/2012 at 14:37

EG - Yes got that as well but as one of prizes was a free entry for next year I thought I had to do it!!!!

15/05/2012 at 14:40

I sent it in, but it would be just my luck to go and win it!

15/05/2012 at 16:48

That spoof is wonderful! I didn't get the satisfaction survey - not fair!

In other news, I managed about 15-16 miles along the North Downs Way on Saturday (slow, with some horribly steep sections and some deep thick mud, but I also saw several partridges, a roe deer, a shrew and a stoat), then did a 10K on Sunday and sparked off piriformis syndrome on the other side... the physios are doing well out of me... I now have a whole raft of exercises to do to try to get my glutes working properly. I seem to be okay if I only do slow runs, so hopefully I can still get properly fit for the 30-miler in July and NDW50 in August.

How's everyone else's running going?

15/05/2012 at 20:23

I can't believe the nerve sending out a satisfaction survey, but I guess they had to really. I've got the Manchester 10k on Sunday, then the Dukeries 30 miler the following Saturday. I have concentrated on longer distances and the glutes suffer, I need to get back to my weekly Parkrun again

15/05/2012 at 20:27

I too got the customer satisfaction survey!  I have to be honest, because I didn't leave baggage, I have nothing to complain about so it would be unfair to say anything bad on it.  However whether I can be arsed or not to reply is another thing entirely...  


Debra, you are madder than I am.  I did Chester Half Marathon on Sunday, hilariously I got a PB by 1 second!  Still laughing about that.  I have rested yesterday and today and will be starting some trail running I think, I need to mix it up.  


EG Graham - bloody hell, you are giving it some too! 

15/05/2012 at 20:57

I know, Dukeries will make it three marathons in 5 weeks since Manchester, maybe I screwed my diary up this year, I think I got carried away with the 12 in 12 challenge

16/05/2012 at 10:27

to be fair the satisfaction survey is the one way they can improve the marathon.

I dont think it is going away and any way they can improve it the better.

I enjoyed it and didnt loose my bag (for long).

16/05/2012 at 13:20

I think the survey is an excellent idea - and will help improve things for next year. I have had a slight injury worry in my foot, thought it was PF but has gone away and I am back running normally now. Have Manc 10k this weekend, then no other races planned till summer and autumn (Chester marathon).

16/05/2012 at 17:34

Glad you got a place to run Chester HO2   I filled in the survey, good to give my opinion on the positives and my thoughts on how things can be improved. Keeping up my running, trying to run shorter distances faster! Two 10k races coming up then hopefully another marathon next spring.

Edited: 16/05/2012 at 17:55
16/05/2012 at 19:57

I filled the form in. I think I was pretty balanced and separated the genuine problems from the bad weather which I'm not sure I was objective enough to do on the afternoon after the race.

Good course (even the dreaded DM would be OK in decent weather), great support but baggage and gels for the later runners needs sorting.

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