Loch Ness Marathon 2012

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01/10/2012 at 16:40

Elli - They said 4000 at the start line which looked about right to me although it's hard to tell. Starting to recover at last, still aching legs and my right shoulder (previously dislocated so usualyl have some pain with it). Worst is the blood blister on my middle toe of my right foot, it looks twice it's normal size.

Still can't believe the views, the first proper view of the Loch at about 7 miles was just amazingly good.

Spoke to a really nice lady on the bus, she was doing her 2nd marathon, normally does triathlon's - hope she had a good run!! She was telling me that it costs £450 to do the Bolton Ironman - unbelievable.

Might have a beer tonight before I start the prep for the Preston half- no training until next week and only then if the blood blister's are sorted out!!

Back to work tomorrow - what a downer, at least it will only be a 4 day week.

Happy recovery!!



01/10/2012 at 18:43

Blimey and there's pleasant surprise, just checked the website and my time wasnt 4hr 28; that was my gun time, my real time by chip was 4hr 24m!!!!!!

How is everyone feeling today, sore quads but all else ok!!!

01/10/2012 at 18:58
Loved it until the hill at dores, half way up and my ankle went (a recent injury reoccurring) and really Struggled the last 8 miles was on for 3:40 until then, but still chuffed with 4:03 all things considered.

Amazing course, if a bit too hilly for my liking, great organisation and great people of Inverness made it a special weekend.

Was there really 4000 runners? With 2500 finishers that's an amazing drop out rate.
01/10/2012 at 19:04

Sounds like a lot of people hit troubles or struggles on the hill out of Dores, and a lot of people around me at the time were saying and feeling the same thing. When I drove it the day before it didn't feel so bad, but after 18 miles.....brutal. 

Well done for making it to the end despite the injured ankle Paul! 

And really, only 2500 finishers?? They did say 4000 runners at the start, seems amazing that so many people would have dropped out.

01/10/2012 at 19:12

More likely that 4000 registered , doesn't mean that many turned up. I certainly thought there were more than 2500, Also I was at the finish line for a while and I would say way more than 300 people finished after me, having said that I was in such a bad way I could be wrong!!

I would be surprised if 1500 dropped out, I was really suffering but managed to finish!!

Paul - well done for finishing with an injured ankle, hope it's recovering!!


01/10/2012 at 19:26
From looking at the results just over 2500 finished.

I was considering pulling out prior to the race due to my ankle, but as it felt ok the couple of days prior I went for it. Probably goes against all medical advise but was so looking forward to this race. That and I'd paid for the flight

One other thing, that strong wind in your face on the finish straight when you cross the bridge onto ness walk!!! Just what I needed after 26 miles!!!
01/10/2012 at 19:27

Just got home. Well done everyone. Came through with a chip time of 4:23:37. First 13 miles I was doing well (1:48) but the hills got me in the end! Great scenery and good support at the end. Very well organised race but my bones didn't like the long bus ride to the start!

Post race - Polished off a fillet steak and chips, preceeded by a huge dish of Shetland mussels at the Dores Inn, Excellent local brew too!

A great weekend - and now for London 2013!

01/10/2012 at 19:49
I had a nice run just over 5.04 but considering zero prep and only 9 miles in 12 weeks I'm happy, Chester on Sunday next and Elli well done you were going well from the start
01/10/2012 at 19:50
So folks now its over - what's the plans now? What should I do from here? In my head I gonna take 2 weeks off totally to recover (swims n stuff to loosen off) then start up my training runs around the 6miles mark ... That sound ok?

Oh and just looked at my HR monitor ... Looks like my MHR is 197 when pushing to a marathon's finish line!
01/10/2012 at 20:52
Well I'm in for Chester 7th oct and Liverpool 14th don't waste the mileage use it while you can it doesn't have to be an annual thing
01/10/2012 at 23:12

Preston Half for me in 4 weeks - no training this week - my legs are that sore I can hardly walk never mind run. Start of with 6 miles next Monday,  then very other day for a week, then 5/6 times a week the following week and then every other day after that, I will put in a 10/12 miler sometime during week 2/3 before the run itself.

More of a HM runner so hopefully 1.50 at Preston providing I have recovered.

I had fish n chips on the motorway services - it was awesome. Followed that up with a caramel mars and a double decker duo so already put back all the weight I lost during the run.

Bus ride to the start was not great, the sight of 2000 people having a pee in the heather when we got there was rather strange and a sight I wish I had missed.

Still the best marathon I have done - better than London in my view, the scenery was just breathtaking, well until about mile 20, everything after that was just a blur

BB - Enjoy London, it's a fantastic esperience.

EKGO - great time, enjoy Chester and Liverpool. I really enjoyed Liverpool last year

Happy training!!

02/10/2012 at 07:50

Young cowboy- yes I was in red fetch top, plus blood spattered everywhere- strangely I got my second wind at the top of the hill at Dores- usually it kills me, but just knowing I was "over the hill" and all downhill from there, I felt I could really go for it.

I feel for whoever did 4:01- I'e been there, a few years ago at this marathon- nearly killed myself trtying to go sub-4, never maanged it at LN, and I never will now- I have slowed a bit over the last 5 years!

Whats next? A 33 mile ultra in Nov, and a double marathon in april!

02/10/2012 at 09:57
I'm back on-line so just catching up with the posts from the last few days.
Congratulations everyone, especially the first-timers!
My aim was to run sub-3:15 and (possibly) finish in the top ten. I managed 3:09:15 (nine mins off my PB) and 7th lady so I'm over the moon! I even ran a negative split which came as a huge surprise given the course. I guess my legs just had more in them than I gave them credit for.
A big thanks to the organisers - a fantastic race which I'll be recommending to all my friends.
02/10/2012 at 11:53

Lemony that is amazing, wow what a time. 

Seems like the hill was the undoing for so many people. Tricialitt, I think I saw you too, you passed me on the hill. Poor you, what a time for a nose bleed.

Can believe a lot of people didn't finish, looked like loads of people were waiting by the ambulences, one chap I spoke to at the finish said he had to wait half an hour to be shipped out after breaking 2 toes at mile 14 and then he only managed to be driven off if he sat in the front with the driver.

John, everyone peeing in the heather made me chuckle. I was worse, we had to stop the bus on the way there so that me and 4 other women and 5 men could have a pee. Strange experience all crouched in a line chatting whilst everyone on the bus tried to look elsewhere.

Whats next, well, I am joining a running club, adding in more hill training and looking for a spring marathon. At mile 20 I was saying never again but that sub four is like an itch I need to scratch.

Hope everyone is a bit looser today. Had a sports massage last night,hurt like hell but at least today I can do stairs.

SNB I think I did see you, I was wearing a grey hoody and black tracksuit bottoms, 5 ft 9 and like a string bean,brown hair. I wish I had just shouted SNB at all the chaps. Such a shame to miss you.

02/10/2012 at 11:57
Lemony well done that's great going!

I'm standing and walking all day at work and have been bombarded with 'take the stone out of your shoe' and 'have u a brush shaft up ure *bum*' and the classic how quick did u do it? Oh 5:43:15 I could walk it quicker

Not 1 person has taken my challenge to walk it quicker than my time next year

Best thing about it? I did it - yes slowly but got a time to beat now!
02/10/2012 at 12:02
MSTH I prob heard you but all I could do was look at the finishline I was blind to everything else - pity I never just got to shake your hand and say cheers for the advice but maybe one day!
02/10/2012 at 15:07
Oh and does anyone still have a sore chest if you breathe in deeply? ... I do
02/10/2012 at 19:31

Very well done with the excellent P.B. Lemony, I'm sure there is a sub 3 there soon !

Just had a sauna and steam for the sore muscles, might help your sore chest SNB.

Agree with you JO5, this Mara' is up there with London if not better, but my fav ' is still Berlin.  

02/10/2012 at 20:03

Well done everyone, I loved it!!!!

I was hoping for 4.30 until i drove the route on saturday then i decided i was probably looking at nearer 5 as i have struggled mentally with hills since an op on my knee and the sight of them truly gave me the eeby jeebies.

I decided there was no way i could try for an actual pace on those hills so just went with the flow and managed 4.21.10. I am absolutely chuffed to bits with that. It was only 10 mins slower than my PB set 6 years and multiple injuries ago.

I will be recommending it as one of my favourites

02/10/2012 at 20:40

The photos are up on the website if you want to see how pained we all looked!!

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