Halstead & Essex Marathon

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03/05/2010 at 21:56

See I'm reading all this thead & am sooo tempted to give Halstead a try - but, did London & suffered from bad cramps at 30k and am wondering whether it's too soon to do another marathon?  The 'undulations' dont sound too bad, and it's nice & local for me, but I'm really undecided!!  Oh, and I would like a better time than London unfortunately, finished in 4.40 but had wanted nearer 4.30 before the cramps started.  Have had loads of rest, and the legs recovered far quicker than previous marathons so am really tempted ... will need to make a decision soon!

 Any advice would be really appreciated

03/05/2010 at 21:59
Elizabeth - Just do it. You get a nice medal as well
03/05/2010 at 22:02

BTW - I did FLM and Halstead last year and this year Brighton and am doing Halstead.

03/05/2010 at 22:04
Thanks Tracey - haven't told hubby yet, but he's off so can have the kiddies!  Would have been more decided if they'd been 3 weeks apart, but I can always pull out after 13m I guess if it's too much??  Any other advice?!
03/05/2010 at 22:08
I did London too Elizabeth, if your legs feel 80% recovered today, they'll be 100% by next Sunday!
London is pretty flat, I find i take more of a pounding on that course, Halstead is undulating so you use your leg muscles differently up and down the undulations.

Go on..... get your entry in, you'll be fine!
03/05/2010 at 22:14
Elizabeth - I was faster at Halstead than London. I am very tempted to do Brighton and London next year. So if you do this race you can let me know how your legs feel. This is a lovely friendly race. You will be able to find me as I will have my name on my number and be wearing a Dagenham 88 Runners vest.
03/05/2010 at 22:21
Thanks everyone, seems a really friendly race already - & we haven't even lined up yet!  Stet, I feel the legs took a real pounding in London mainly through shifting left & right to get around people.  I think that's why the cramps came on when I've never had that in 3 years of running.  Like I say, recovered pretty well & have done a 2, a 4 & a 3m since.  Am agreeing with you guys & will hopefully just do it, even if it's no pb it's still an achievement, and I do like a good medal!
03/05/2010 at 22:30
Elizabeth- I got bad cramp at Abingdon last year so during long training runs and doing London itself I've been using compression socks. No trouble with cramp since!
Definately reccomend them.

P.s, Halstead's medal is always one to treasure!
03/05/2010 at 22:32

Just got back from 10 days in the US on biz and my number was waiting for me! #160. Rushed out for a run this morning in the wind and rain. Coooold.

Little opportunity to run when I was away so I've been on the longest taper ever. Might improve my time

Anyone interested in a forum meet before hand this year, to put some faces to names?

04/05/2010 at 07:07
Blueski35 - there's an area out front of race HQ for runners world/fetch people to meet up, it's got a big sign above it, I still managed to miss it last time I ran though!
See you there!
04/05/2010 at 10:02

I am getting quite excited about this now

04/05/2010 at 10:37
Passes Hippo a gin to calm her down a bit.
04/05/2010 at 11:08

its a bit early for gin, even for me




04/05/2010 at 11:11
Hey guys i know a few of my club are doing this on sunday i am doing the half at frinton/walton so good luck to all of you hope you all make good times and enjoy it x
04/05/2010 at 11:17
I did London in 4.05.48 - my last long training run of 23 miles I did in 3.17 so I should have been on course for sub 4 hours in London but crowd congestion and the biggest blood blister I've ever seen in my life meant I was just outside.  I lanced my blister, lost my little toe nail and haven't run at all since London but Halstead is calling me - those 5 minutes are really playing on my mind....  Is it too soon?  And what running should I do this week in the lead up to Halstead assuming my toe feels ok (it complained when I put my trainers on on Sunday morning but another week should see it ok).  Anyone?
04/05/2010 at 11:49

Id not do much at all this week wee curly

have you done 2 marathons in 3 weeks before?

how do you feel generally?

04/05/2010 at 12:12
No, London was my first marathon ever.  I feel fine, the stiffness in my legs went off towards the end of last week.  I've been eating and sleeping plenty but, as I say, I haven't actually run since London so I don't know how my legs and toe will feel until I have a go.  Was advised by someone at my running club to just do short runs of up to 5 miles 2 or 3 times this week, no speed or tempo, if I was going to do Halstead.  Generally I'm very fit and my mileage went up to 54 miles about 2 weeks before London.
04/05/2010 at 12:12
WCD - your last long run was last Sunday, you are very well trained to do Halstead, use this week as a taper week, same as before London.
I bet you go sub 4 here too.
04/05/2010 at 12:16
Thanks Stet, that's what I'd be hoping for.  Seems ridiculous to be mildly disappointed with my London time since it was my first marathon but that 5 minutes just keeps nagging me.......
04/05/2010 at 12:31
WCD - I know that feeling!
A goal time is a goal time and we keep chasing it untill we get it!
Then the finish time we want is faster!!

That's good running. I just wanted to finish the first 26.2 I entered!
(that was Halstead too)!
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