Loch Ness Marathon 2013

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16/08/2013 at 22:48

I did LNM last year - summed up as Stunning Scenery but Hellish Hills.

Enjoy it, great organisation, food before & post is fab and loads of it. 

19/08/2013 at 21:51

Thx Andi, run went well but ended up 77 seconds behind the train

2nd half of the race was pretty tough going, hilly, boggy and wind and rain in your face so all good practice. Thoroughly recommend it and will definately be back to try it again.

Have signed up for Dunstable Downs 20 miler in a few weeks

19/08/2013 at 22:19

Well done Loz! shame you missed the train mind.

Dunstable on the 8th just fits in with the start of your taper if your doing a 3 week one though not sure you should 'race' it?

20/08/2013 at 22:42

I'll just use it as a final long training run.  In hindsight I could have run the 10k Race the Train event in the morning followed by the 14 miler in the afternoon but I was trying to give myself a chance of beating the train.  Didn't quite work out for me and obviously it's cost me a long run so I really need to do three 20 milers before I start the tapering.

22/08/2013 at 23:26

Loz, maybe you'll beat the train next year as for 3 back to back 20milers do you think that's ok? I missed my LSR at the weekend so was thinking about running 20 milers for my last 3 LSR's before taper. I had read that the nearer your 5 longest runs are to 100 miles the better prepared you'll be? 18 & 20 are my longest thus far so 3*20 will take my total to 98.

23/08/2013 at 22:57

To be honest Andi I would just go with what you feel comfortable with.  I've run 15, 18, 14 for my last 3 LSR's so I definately need to run three 20s just for my confidence. I had a terrible marathon experience last year due to a combination of illness and bad weather so I want to better prepared this year  

26/08/2013 at 23:05

txs Loz, I did a slow 20 miler on Saturday (4:16). It had a 2200ft incline/decline so the decline was about the same as LN and about double the incline. Wasn't pretty as had a stitch for about 10 miles and my HRM strap cut into my chest (again) so had a nice bloodied shirt. Was my first ever 50 mile week and will try to keep that up for the next two weeks

Fingers crossed you stay illnes free then

27/08/2013 at 21:14

Well done Andi, weather was pretty bad here all day Saturday.  I left my LSR until the Monday and managed 19.3 as route wasn't quite as long as I'd hoped but it'll do. 

29/08/2013 at 01:42

Txs Loz the weather here is 'inclement' but only run in rain 3 days his month (a first), it's the wind that gets me

Yup, 19.3 isn't quite 20 but close I wonder if the LN peeps will let me settle at 25.5 miles?

I'm (sort of) following HADDs phase 1 training and finally got a 10k run under 70% average HR and less than 30 seconds slower than my planned marathon min/mile pace. I'm liking this run slow and easy method

01/09/2013 at 13:48

Well- while all of you are doing your last couple of long runs prior to taper, I'm resting up, nursing a bruised toenail after last week's 36.5 miler in Speyside. It was great!- 7.5 hours slow running/ hill trudging, so my endurance should be well up there, I did manage to run a tiny bit on thursday ( mainly 'cos I had had such a shit day at work that it was necessary to blow off steam). I think I was too quick trying to get running again after just 5 days, and have been limping a bit since , with a toenail that hasn't ecided whether to stay or go.

Once that settles, I will just do some tempo runs, and rely on the ultra traing for endurance. I am not at all confident that I can actually run as FAST as marathon pace, but I know I can run all day if needed.- Diferent way to train, we will see if it works!

Edited: 01/09/2013 at 13:49
01/09/2013 at 16:42

Sorry for joining this forum late. I am running LN for the first time this year. (4 weeks....GULP!) How much hanging around for the coaches is there and what facilities are there at the start?

This will be marathon number 11 for me and I'm aiming for sub 4 hours. My PB is 3:36 on a flat course.

All the best to everyone taking part from a Swindon Shin Splinter

01/09/2013 at 21:06

tri, congratulations on the Ultra! whats that? about 12:30 min miles? am sure you have plenty of endurance for a piddling 26.2 miles hehe. Hope the toenail makes it mind up soon, might be better to lose it now?

Alastair, sounds like your a seasoned Marathoner Have you been doing plenty of downhill training? I think LN is about 2,000ft down and (just) 1,000ft up? 

No LSR for me this weekend and just 20 miles for the week so not a happy bunny with just a week before taper (bad back, glute and 45mph winds). I'll try to get 1 more 20 miler in this week if I can.

01/09/2013 at 22:36

Tricia, well done, I can't remember the amount of times I've lost my big toe nail.  I sometimes wish it wouldn't bother growing back.  A work colleague had both of his surgically removed and I almost did the same thing a some years back, even had the operation all booked up but you have to take a couple of weeks off work so bottled it.

Alastair - this'll be my 5th but 1st time LNM.  I have similar PB of 3:31.  I was hoping to have half a chance of breaking it but maybe that was being unrealistically ambitious if you're just hoping to get under 4. 

Andi - Sorry to hear you've had a bad week, maybe that 50 mile week took it out of you more than you realised.  I managed 20.3 today but was still feeling Monday's LSR.  I must admit I've not been doing any specific downhill training so now you've got me worried

02/09/2013 at 02:40

WOW, Loz! surgically removing big toe nails seems pretty hardcore! Me? I think i'll just keep them cut short 

Yup, I think the 50 miles (off the previous week of just 18) wore me out more than I thought it would and know I shouldn't be 'chasing' missed miles at this late stage. I didn't mean to scare you about the terrain but read a lot of horror stories about negative incline marathons and people not being prepared - maybe reign things in for the first third, pick it up on the flat(ish) third then got for it from the hill at Dores?

I have a black tie dinner down in 'that' London this weekend so my final LSR will either be Thurs/Fri or next Monday then the taper begins - good luck all.

02/09/2013 at 06:20

Andi.  I've being doing my long runs over the hilliest routes I can. I'll be interested to see how I react to a some really long downhill stretches. I ran the Windermere marathon in May which was hilly and that took me 4 hours.

Runlozrun. I'm picking 4 hours because I feel there is little chance of a PB on a hilly course so I intend to take it steady so I don't fall apart later on.

02/09/2013 at 06:55

Hi everyone - some amazing runs and times on here!!!

Hope you dont mind me joining in but imnot in your league im afraid!!!! Im a very very slow plodder (

My aim is to get round in a better time than 2011 (which was pretty awful) but hey ho i DID finish and raised a load of cash for 'Help for Heroes' !!

This year for my 60th i thought i do a bit more - soooooo after LN im cycling from Inverness to Fort Willliam all for Cancer Research and MIND.

Good luck to you all - see you at the start but definately not at the finish cos you will be done and dusted and sat with your feet up by the time i crawl in - LOL

Nessie ( no pun by the way - that is my name!!) Xx

02/09/2013 at 11:43

Hey Nessie, welcome and good luck, I'm aiming for 5 hours so will be nearer you than the faster peeps here  guess   you got a goal time? Personally I think us slower folk have more stamina than the fast peeps cos they are not on their feet as long as us lol Oh, 60th? birthday or Marathon?? and well done with your fundraising.

Alastair, I'll be getting a PB providing I finish as it's my first - good luck to you and sub 4 hours.

Say hi if you see me...

Race No: 1117

02/09/2013 at 13:03

Ha ha Hi Andi - its my 60th year - boo hoo (  

So decide to mark the occasion by ' doing something' LOL i suppose i could have entered a knitting competition????


02/09/2013 at 19:22

Don't be putting yourself down guys and gals! No matter what time you do, it is one hell of an acheivement finishing a marathon. The distance is the same for all of us. Anyone prepared to toe the line of a marathon has my total respect. I'll be wearing a blue shirt with white sides and "Swindon Shin Splints" on the back, please say hi.

02/09/2013 at 23:43

hehe Nessie but, think how many scarves you could have knitted in 'training' 

Alastair, good point, well made Sir! And yup, I'll probably give more credit to those finishing behind me - cos they would have been out there for longer.

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