Manchester Marathon 2013

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01/04/2013 at 16:04
Thanks for the encouragement on my last long run being this weekend. To date my long runs have been at about 9:20 pace and I did an undulating 20 mile race 2 weeks ago (ashby 20) in a relatively comfortable 3:05. Hoping to get around manchester in between 4:00 and 4:15 which I think is do-able but worried about losing endurance over these last 4 weeks. I'm def going to keep on running while in Spain and will follow my plan for last 2 weeks while I'm back. So a 15-16 miler on 14th and then just a 10 miler on 20th. Looking forward to it now! And enjoyment is def more important to me than a 'good time'!
01/04/2013 at 22:26
Just ordered a pair of new running shoes to break in over the next few weeks - love the first few runs in new shoes! They're the same type as what I'm running in now so hopefully will be fine for the big day after a couple of weeks of 5-6 milers! Getting excited about the main event now and looking forward to having some weekend lie ins!
02/04/2013 at 10:05

Starting to tick some significant markers off now.  That's the last tuesday of full training done and the last 11 miler in the morning.  Next longest left is 10 on Thursday morning then down into single figures for everything other than weekend runs

02/04/2013 at 11:46

20 miler this afternoon and then into the taper in terms of LSR from next week

JB - I'm with you in that my LSR are at the start of the week so I was concerned about dropping off mileage too early, I'll do a 16 miler next Tue or Wed and then a 10-12 miler on the following Tuesday but nothing in double figures after that until the race itself. Also looking to get the new shoes out in the next week or so to give them chance to "run in"

SB - Good work, looking forward to ticking off the 20 this afternoon but I'm not in your league with regard to the other runs, my other 3 weeklys have remained under 10 miles throughout the training

Now talking weeks rather than months and it's become even more real

02/04/2013 at 12:40

All plans are different mate.  My P+D plan takes me up to 14 miles as a midweek run but I did find that quite challenging before work.  I had to get up and straight out very early whereas I normally like 20-30 mins to wake my head up first.

On the "My Last Run" thread, surrey Runner is following the 75 miles per week P+D plan, man he has been doing some monster session but his dedication is very impressive.  He's hell bent on breaking 3 hours, i'm sure he'll do it.

Best of luck for the 20 miler.  It's dry and brightish in Bury, hope it is there too.

02/04/2013 at 13:13

happily entering the last week of "full training" this week, before 21 miles on Sunday, followed by a 3 week taper.

need to get round to booking a hotel for Saturday night before the race. any recommendations?

02/04/2013 at 13:19

My number's just popped through my letterbox

02/04/2013 at 14:02

Hi - Can i join in please? I've been following the thread with interest. Some interesting input.

I'm in my mid 40s and I completed the Manchester Marathon last year (my first) and scraped a 3.59 after a mad dash in the last half mile. This year I'm feeling fitter and faster and I'm hoping to do sub 3.50. I've been following the P+D upto 55miles plan and was initially daunted by the mileage as I'm a bit niggle prone. But, after careful substitution of the recoverey runs I've survived (touches wood).

I've been away for a few days on holiday and only managed one session (5 x 800s). I completed this at the required pace etc, but I was absolutely exhausted during the session (which I usually find OK). I'm not sure if this was a combination of tired legs/feet from sightseeing, not eating and drinking properly etc. I had hoped the mini break from running would leave me fresh but when I tried a long run yesterday, I could only manage 11 miles, I was so weary. Has anyone else experienced this after a weeks 'rest'?


Edited: 02/04/2013 at 14:03
02/04/2013 at 14:45

Shazmo, i'm also following the P&D up to 55mpw plan. I'm aiming to sneak below 4hours. if anything, I do feel a bit rfesher if I have an "easier" week in training. I had to shuffle around some runs in the plan a few weeks back so I could go to Snowdonia and do a bit of climbing for the weekend. I ended up dropping one of my 5mi recovery runs in the week, squeezing a couple of runs in before the long weekend, and substituting with a climb of Tryfan and Snowdon, which was a reasonably good, and varied workout. I think this couple of days off helped and I felt a bit fresher after this change.

There have been times when i've felt pretty exhausted, but often when i've skimped on sleep. An overall fatigue is normal, and doesn't stop me from going out for my runs, as I reckon one of the points of marathon training is to run when you're feeling tired, as this will sort of simulate how you're going to feel after 20-odd miles on race day.

I reckon if you can hit sub 4 in last years horrible conditions, plus you have trained better this year then your target is definitely do-able.

Good luck

02/04/2013 at 15:04

OMG my number's got my name on

02/04/2013 at 15:08

Oh blimey, I wonder if my number will be waiting for me when I get home - its all seeming a bit real all of a sudden!


I was only meant to be running with my friend to keeo her company with her VLM training but finishing with the first of her 20 mile runs but a month ago decided that seeing as I'd done so much of the tarining I may as well do a marathon myself! What on earth was I thinking!!!

02/04/2013 at 15:14

I've been allocated start area B, does anybody know if that's based on my estimated finish time or is it pretty much a free for all?

02/04/2013 at 15:28

Valley - I think it will be.  I'm in area A but can't remember what I put down as my estimated finish.

Mine also has my name on it but only my first name.  I feel like Madonna.

02/04/2013 at 17:33

SB - madonna lol! I haven't got mine yet.

I didn't do a long run at the weekend, I did a 6km run on the beach which was jolly hard work and took me 5mins more than it would have on the road. This weekend I'll do 12 miles on sat eve then I'm doing a 7 mile race on Sunday morning. I've felt really tired after Rome mara (March 17th) and I haven't done over 7 miles since

02/04/2013 at 19:27
Got my number through today! Whoop. Yes love the fact it has my name on it!

Went out on a 6 mile tempo run and tested out the new Asics but really missed my battered old ones. They felt stiff and unforgiving and I couldn't wait to get them off. So I might just stick with them until after the marathon for good luck!
Edited: 02/04/2013 at 19:28
02/04/2013 at 20:50
AgentGinger wrote (see)

happily entering the last week of "full training" this week, before 21 miles on Sunday, followed by a 3 week taper.

need to get round to booking a hotel for Saturday night before the race. any recommendations?


I've booked into Travelodge Manchester Salford Quays. Looks within easy distance by foot.

02/04/2013 at 21:12
I usually run marathon in the running shoes I've trained in and then replace after the marathon. These are the ones I do my long runs in as I use a separate pair for during the week.
02/04/2013 at 22:13
I'm in travelodge at Salford quays. Pretty basic but all we need is a bed and it's easy to get to start in morning.....
02/04/2013 at 23:58
I'm parking at MUFC, car parks open 6am, race village 7am but not sure i want to get there that early or when any road restrictions come into force?
03/04/2013 at 08:53

I'm also parking at MUFC but surely you can drive and park there up until about 8am - maybe I'll message the race organisers.

I'm staying at a Premier Inn at the Trafford Centre - chose it mainly cos it has parking and will then drive to the race.

5 mile run with running club last night and I felt the benefit of all the training as I passed 3 blokes in the final mile along the seafront and it felt good (whilst imagining it was the final mile of the marathon, ha ha!!)

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