Loch Ness marathon 2014

A forum for those doing or thinking about running the Loch Ness marathon 2014

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29/09/2014 at 11:48
Well, that was really tough. It was much more hilly than I'd expected in the early stages & fell into the trap of going too fast. I paid for it dearly in the second half! Made it up the Dores hill which goes down as achievment of the day, besides actually finishing my first marathon, of course! Could barely speak to my mum - who was there to see me cross the line - for about 30 mins afterward but happy with my 3h 30:05 time.

A massive well done to you all for getting round. Rest well, and spoil yourselves. I reckon we deserve it!
29/09/2014 at 12:28
I was the same Meadower, despite all the advice I couldn't help myself and went off way too fast! Just before Dores I was tracking for a 3:30 and finished with a 3:53 so that tells you how much I faded!

It all really went pear shaped at Dores though! Had to stop for the portaloo and really couldnt get going after that. Walked a bit towards the top of the hill and despite knowing it was mainly downhill from that point just couldnt get back into a faster stride. Had the energy fine, but my legs were like lumps of timber and my feet were really sore.

A few things I learnt on the day, from my first marathon:

1. It's very very hard to run slowly downhill when you have lots of energy at the start of a race and everyone around is carrying you along. I tried numerous times to slow down to a 5:05 min/km pace from 4:45 but just couldn't do it!
2. Those small hills are not small after 20 miles!
3. The last couple of miles are hellish. Everyone said "oh you'll just steam home in the last 5km with all the support." This was nonsense for me! I had lots of my family come up and cheer me home, as well as the family who I've been fundraising for and even seeing them did nothing to boost my speed or energy levels. Some of the most mentally tough minutes I've ever encountered. Ever!
4. The banter on the bus/start/during/after was great. I was by myself and spoke with some really interesting people during the day. It was super friendly. This alone is a positive reason to run again next year!

I'm off to burst some under toenail blood blisters now...
29/09/2014 at 12:36
I'm classing it as gold, did 3:45:20, so technically 20secs over gold but we won't mention that. Ran up Dores only to come across another hill at mile 21/22 that no-one told me about, had to walk up that. Then a sprit finish to the line as I knew it was going to be close to my time. Noticed about 15 mins after I'd finish I had bleeding nipples! 2 bright red dripping spots on my bright green T-shirt... Really wish someone had told me, lucky changed my top before the walk through town back to the hotel.
29/09/2014 at 17:11

With you Munter.  I wondered what all the fuss was about until THAT hill.. Having made it up THAT hill, I assumed it would be plain sailing, however  I didn't anticipate so many small continual undulations.

As for running downhill I find it easier to keep my strde the same and free wheel.I rarely feel any different tired wise when the ground levels out, but you easily pass more runners than you would imagine

. My problem in general is when I do slow up I  slow up quickly.At one point yesterday i was looking at 3.30 but ended up as a 3.50 ,such was the state I was in..My   only other marathon was a 4.20, so although I should have been elated, I was annoyed for finshing in so much distress..

A big pat on the back for the organisers .Logistically you could not ask for a more unusual start but everything they stated on their timetable was done to a tee.

Congratulations to anyone who completed, it truly is a test which creeps up on you very quickly. 

29/09/2014 at 19:08

Yup, it was a silver for me (had to check) and a PB by 9 seconds. Believe me,that was more by luck than judgement, went through halfway in 2:11 feeling great and finished in 4:42:42 not feeling so great. More stamina training this winter and will be back next year 

29/09/2014 at 20:23

Oh dear, wheels fell off. 4:13. 3 positives. 1 I didn't walk (some how) 2 I've completed another marathon and 3 nice to meet up with some of you before. Well done to everyone and look forward to bumping into you in abother forum of on an event sometime in the future. Good luck in whatever you have planned.

29/09/2014 at 20:36

Absolutely loved every second of this one, fantastic scenery, great running surface, didn't feel the hills at all (honest ). I did indeed speak with Banana Feet and I can confirm that his shoes are THE most yellow shoes I've ever seen! My husband had a great race up until mile 21 then it got a bit painful, but we had a small idea that we could go sub-4 so we went for it and I'm glad to say that we got in at 3:58 so I was ecstatic, he killed my buzz a bit because he was quietly dying for the next 30 mins but I'll take that for a sub-4!!

29/09/2014 at 20:40

Awesome running Heroine in a half-shell 


Ecce I'll get a bottle back from you next year in sub 4:30 

29/09/2014 at 20:42

AndyRuns 3:45:20 is fantastic 

29/09/2014 at 21:07

Thanks Booktrunk given how my legs feel after I gave it everything I had. I'm more than happy with it and when I can go up and downstairs or get out of a chair without pain sure I'll enter another marathon, but maybe a flatter one!

Maybe you and ecce need to do double or quits with a sub 4:30. Sure without a 50 mile run the week before we can see a nice sprint finish between the two of you.

29/09/2014 at 21:19

Gr8 times Mr & Mrs Heroine  Alastair, no walking at all is a great achievement!

Andy, you'll have no problems shaving that 20 seconds off on a flatter Marathon

BT, in  a years time if we can't go under 4:30 I think I'll give up so happy if you want a rematch?

As for sprint finishes I managed the last .23 mile at 5k pace (9:07mm's).

29/09/2014 at 21:25

Ecce: game on just enjoy choosing my bottle. 

Nurse Ratched    pirate
29/09/2014 at 21:47

Great running you lot 

Did anyone else go the pasta party? I would be interested to hear your thoughts. I'm not writing mine first, just in case RW ban me for using rude words.

29/09/2014 at 21:52

Will be hard to be as creative as you were BT!  Talisker from Skye, might let Skye the doglet try a tipple

Nursey, I went to the pasta 'party' last year, £10 poorly spent imho. Adequate might be too kind a word and was hungry 30 minutes later!

29/09/2014 at 22:21

Based on Ecce's comments in 2013 I skipped the pasta party I have a feeling it was a good idea. 

I had fish n chips as my carb loading, and no breakfast on the day, so a few things I can improve on next year  

29/09/2014 at 22:39

Every review i read online said the pasta party wasn't worth it. We went to Zizzi's for my carb loading that was shockingly bad pasta, the beer was nice though. I can recommend The Mustard Seed for post race beer and protein loaded dinner.

Was asked twice by airport security if I had a tin of soup with me, love the fact that was one of their standard question today.

Yesterday at 07:18
I went to the pasta party - soup was nice, pasta didn't taste good and was cold. Apple crumble was good. If I do this marathon again I wouldn't do the pasta party. Must say though, the band were good and my husband won a brilliant goody bag in the quiz!
Yesterday at 07:42
Apple crumble ran out! Gutted. Had to make my own last night. Yum Bit of a strange walk at the mo so think I'll be giving training a miss tonight ...

Am in ballot for VLM and already entered for EMF next year so maybe see some of you guys hanging around those forums. Happy running!
Yesterday at 08:44
Congratulations to everyone who completed the marathon ,, to everyone who got injured or ill beforehand a swift recovery and there will be other races
Good to see some of you at the start , the pirate flag was inspired thinking
Tough race , I think I got silver (sub 4:15) 4:07:59 but it was the hardest race I've ever had ,, brutal at times
I'd like to say never again , but id be lying
Yesterday at 08:52

Maybe we should consider trying to either book a large party into a restaurant Saturday evening or just warn somewhere a lot of us might descend  

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