May not be Valencia but lets talk about it!!
Luton may not be thought of in the same light as the Valencia Marathon in November but as British we are born to run in the colder climes. We should have more marathons in this country in the Autumn/Winter months for variety and it will also mean that threads loke this are here for like minded runners to chat in those months.
Hey BP I am doing the Luton Marathon as my "B" Marathon this year. Hope to hear from you and others who are also running.
Hey peeps im also doing it! Its my first one, kinda worried about the 5 hour cut off! Any ideas on the elelvation over the lap?
Back2basics - good to see you attempting your first Marathon you will love it and don't panic about the time do the training and you will be fine. No not to sure about the elevation as the map link is not great but it does not look a flat one but also not a hilly one. I don't normally do multiple lap races as you know what is coming but this is an exception and we will have to see
Jolyon Bland - yes it is my 'B' Marathon as well as did Manchester in April - first time I have done one in November so although putting the training in not sure how it will go
Hi all, I'm up for Luton too - did it last year and need to go back and do it properly!
See the profile from my GPS log from last year - before passing out when imagining those fearful peaks, pls note that the actual height gain on them is not great - total ascent for the lot for me was 390 odd metres
Saying that, you can see from my pace that I crashed and burned big time in the last few miles so make sure you run first 2 laps easy
Hi guys, I am also doing the luton marathon and I am really looking forward to the challenge...
Back2basics - I have never done the LM but got tod to add a hill workout once week and some decent inclines half way through your long runs. I also got told that its not as bad as it looks...
good luck to everyone, train hard and train safe
Another trick everyone - as it is a lapped race when you doing your long 20/22's milers don't do an out and back etc but split it into 3 as this will get you used to knowing what is coming when you are tired - also try to put a long incline in on each lap just like Luton - 90% of a Marathon is in head try and get your head in right gear
Thanks guys, and thanks for the elevation Juggling, yeah thats not really bad at all!
My 13 mile route is a really hilly one so I should be good to go!
Thanks Jugglingjunky, would you or anyone else who has previously done the course be able to tell me how far each aid station is from one another and what they serve up?
Hi all - the link below should show an elevation picture for 1 lap of the Luton Marathon. I basically traced the route on Garmin Connect so it won't be absolutely spot on but will be near as damn it.
First 20 miler at weekend in Luton Training Schedule - have got a 3 lap circuit sorted out with 2 mile incline in it (not steep) but enough to think about each time I finish a circuit. Been my longest mileage week since end of Manchester training so will need to see how I feel after weekend 20 miler. Next week less miles with a 1/2 race (Maidstone Half) on the Sunday. From then on it is a 20 and 22 miler on the weekends and then that dearly beloved taper. I do like to dream!!!
Hey guys, just a quick question...I just went to the Luton Marathon wesite and the say they strongly advise NOT to wear headsts...now does this mean that I CANT wear earphones or they just dont think its a great idea?!
Has anyone ever had any problems with officals by wearing earphones?
I'm in for this one, just entered.
Just hoping for the sound of success and getting under 4 hours, or should that be the sweet smell of success. However, on the day I'll probably not be fussed after 26.2 miles.
No ipod for me, may just try to talk to the next runner to take my mind off the pain, so you have been warned.
I certainly will enjoy the day, Luton will be my sixth marathon, it's addictive this marathon lark.
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