MBNA Chester Marathon 2013

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04/06/2013 at 08:45


04/06/2013 at 09:05

Torquayrunner - Good luck.  I dislike Lactate Threshold runs more than any other sort, worse by far than intervals.  When I do them, which is rare, I usually do a 2-mile warm-up and 3-5 mile cool-down at recovery heart-rate.  I find training to heart-rate very helpful, especially when keeping to recovery, i.e. low, heart-rate.  It takes quite some time for my heart rate to get down to recvoery levels after a Lactate Threshold run, but I do think a long recovery afterwards helps.

My race speed for 10 miles is far closer to my half-marathon speed than my 10K speed.  I don't know if that's what the sites show.  However do bear in mind that everyone is different.  I think the worst thing you could do is go too fast in an early Lactate Threshold run and injure yourself.  Thus I'd suggest being cautious about target speed.

04/06/2013 at 11:47

Andy- if you run out of steam after running for 2.40, my advice would be to get lots of long slow miles under the belt. Doesn't matter how fancy the icing if the cake aint baked

SGB- i hate tempo runs too- guess what I have planned later- in the heat

04/06/2013 at 11:54

Guys i'm going to approach my wife about doing the Chester Marathon tomorrow. Since it is so far away from me (I live south of London) I need to come up with a cunning plan to make the trip acceptable.

I was thinking of suggesting a train trip up to Chester after we pick the kids up from school on Friday. Saturday we could spend all day at Chester Zoo which I hear is very good. Then Sunday we can get the train home after the race.

My questions are:

a) is the zoo really good and can you spend a day there? My kids are only 4 (twins).

b) if I book a hotel in town is it relatively cheap to get a taxi to the zoo?


p.s. this is when you tell me the race has sold out but the website has not been updated

Booo    pirate
04/06/2013 at 12:21

Khanivore, indeed you can spend more than a day in Chester Zoo and still not see it all, it is an excellent place (although I'm not sure I would want to spend all day at the zoo the day before a full ).

It is also only about 3 - 4 or so miles out of city centre so within easy taxi ride (and should imagine plenty of buses too !)

And as far as I'm aware its not sold out yet .... so we'll see you on the start line Yes ?  

04/06/2013 at 12:25

Khanivore - I went to Chester zoo just last week. It's fairly big, not as big as I was expecting to be honest, but we managed to get round the whole of it in one day. You must go to the fruit bat house. They are free to fly around and there are some whoppers. It can be quite spooky when one of them flies right in front of you ar just catches you head but definitely worth the visit.

Maybe you could also tempt Mrs K with a bit of shopping as I understand Chester is pretty good for that sort of thing

04/06/2013 at 12:27

I think you should just enter it and persuade her afterwards.

04/06/2013 at 12:34

Khanivore - we've taken our children to quite a few zoos and Chester is definitely the best. You could easily spend a whole day there.

Chester shopping is supposed to be good but I wouldn't fancy it with the kids. There is a children's area at the racecourse where the marathon starts and finishes which I heard was pretty good for keeping them entertained during the race itself, plus a one mile fun run after the main race starts.

cougie    pirate
04/06/2013 at 12:55
The zoo is huge. I've spent full days there and not seen everything. Although with kids it tends to be the monorail play area cafe and shop that they like best.
You can even get the train there from Chester.

The shoppIng is good and Liverpool is on the train line too if you want more stuff.
There are also lovely parks by the river for the kids. I'd Go for a break there !
04/06/2013 at 13:27

Khanivore - Chester zoo - it is on the park and ride from the middle of town and it passes Hoole where there are loads of Hotels and B&Bs which is also only 5 mins from Train station. For the marathon there is a new pub on the course right next to the start and finish line with a kids area and town is 5 mins walk up the road. There is a second pub which overlooks the finish line which is really nice too.

In short, you wouldnt struggle if you came up without a car for a weekend at all and there would be plenty for the kids and missus to do for the 2 hrs or so they will be waiting for you on Sunday.

cougie    pirate
04/06/2013 at 13:31
Also - the Euston to Chester train journey has beeeautiful scenery. I love the canals.
04/06/2013 at 16:21

Chester marathon has a little kids race where they all get a medal etc. and also has kids activities...colouring, craft stuff etc. My daughter loved it.

04/06/2013 at 20:53

Haha Khanivore, I was going thru the same process as you a few weeks ago.  Then I did as Lit suggested to you and entered anyway.  I'd heard the shopping was good.  My challenge is not so much the weekend in Chester itself as fitting the training in without impacting the family too much.  Good luck with your discussion anyway!

Edited: 04/06/2013 at 20:54
05/06/2013 at 20:54

2 miles and no calf pain , now just got 17.5 weeks to ramp it up !!!!!!!

05/06/2013 at 21:41

Khanivore how did you get on having 'the discussion' have you managed to convince the family?

Training has now started, club session last night including 200m paarluafs along with some running at LT pace with injections of speed included, followed up by 4.83 recovery miles today with a pilates class thrown in to help with the stretches. I have a planned 9 miles tomorrow.

Nelly good to hear that you have run pain free


06/06/2013 at 09:30

Khanivore - I just signed up and then told the family later. You need to get your priorities right!

10mi for me today....nice and warm and sweaty.

06/06/2013 at 09:58

I signed up a while ago (did the first 2 but dropped out last year after several weeks of chest infection and cough during taper) ... only fly in the ointment is that my daughter now tells me that she is due to start Uni that day (if she gets the grades, which she most likely will).

So ... can I get from Leeds to Chester ... run a marathon ... and then take my daughter and her stuff to Oxford?

Anyhoo ... training wise I'm right at the start ... 8 weeks off with PF, so just started back this week. Good to be running but sooooo much to do before October!

Edited: 06/06/2013 at 10:05
Booo    pirate
06/06/2013 at 12:10
Dr.Dan wrote (see)

So ... can I get from Leeds to Chester ... run a marathon ... and then take my daughter and her stuff to Oxford?

Leeds to Oxford ... hmmm I'm sure last time I looked Chester was 'on the way, and only a short detour)


06/06/2013 at 13:57

Only problem is if you get injured or can't drive Dr Dan - can your daughter drive? (and congrats to your daughter if she gets into Oxford! - I also went to oxford.......poly).

06/06/2013 at 21:37

God, it's too hot for running 5ks! Only managed 5th in 18.13, but happy enough at this stage and in the middle of a stretch of 90m weeks....

Edited: 06/06/2013 at 21:54
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