MBNA Chester Marathon 2013

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07/07/2013 at 08:23

been suffering with what I thought was hayfeaver for last few days but woke this morning now on my chest feels like a real cold, so thing i"ll give today a miss  and hope it goes away, before Wyvern 10k next weekend.


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07/07/2013 at 09:22

Rob, my mantra from my last one was "every step I run, is a step less I have to walk to finish!"

07/07/2013 at 09:38

I decided to get the long run out of the way today, miss the worst of the heat and not miss the tennis. 18.12m in 2.13.42 (7.23 av) and back home by 9am Already very, very warm though....

07/07/2013 at 10:57

Morning all. Did my long run yesterday. Was supposed to be 18 with 10 at mp pace, but I cut it short to 17 with 9 at mp pace as I was absolutely wasted. Think I over did it on a few of my  runs last week...going to take it easy for the next few days. Hope all ok out there - go easy in this heat, and keep well hydrated,

07/07/2013 at 12:41

Great running going on out there guys

07/07/2013 at 13:39

Southport half marathon for me this morning, that was the hottest weather I've ever ran in, in this country. 

I managed to run a new pb of 1.20.37 so I'm really pleased with myself. Just waiting for the results now.

Im starting to realise that training for an autumn marathon is a lot harder than one in the spring. 

Well done for everyone that gets out today 

07/07/2013 at 14:25

Wow great result Mark, incredible performance to pb in the heat.  I found Southport just too hot for me today and so took it very steady.

07/07/2013 at 14:32

Cheers Matt, did you enjoy the race?

I thought it was good, maybe a bit twisty and turny towards the end but I enjoyed it. 

07/07/2013 at 15:05

It’s hard for me to see past the heat and  time but I thought large parts of the route were dull, some bits were nice in the park and next to the sea but that long drag to run round the cone was a particularly miserable hot bit for me, thought water was in short supply at the third water stop then too long till the next water stop and not enough people to distribute at some of the stops, I think those even further back might have struggled for a drink. 

I’d been really looking forward to it, aiming for a sub 1hr36…. been training/racing well well but after about 3 mile i  just found it really hot and the air quite thin and I didn’t want to mess up some other stuff I have planned when the aim of the day wasn’t on for me given the conditions…..so decided to just plod round in 8 min miles my MP and try and get something out of the day without causing too much pain.

Offerton 10k on Wed and Arley Hall HM in 2 weeks onwards and upwards towards Chester.

07/07/2013 at 15:27

Sounds like you did the right thing today, 13 miles @ marathon pace is still a good workout.

I would hope they didn't run out of drinks today that would have been a nightmare. 

07/07/2013 at 15:43

Completed MK today in 1hr 48mins so pleased with time in that heat. Very nice route and good support. Well done mark on your time for southport. Well done marplematt for getting around. I think a lot of runners have taken it steady today.

good to do running in these tough conditions, will hopefully help for Chester.

07/07/2013 at 17:33

Great half marathoning and long runs this weekend everyone, I don't envy anyone out in this heat!

NellyP hope you're feeling better soon

We're staying in the Premier Inn in Chester, coming up on the Saturday and going back on the Monday.

I managed 14 and a bit miles in 2:15 yesterday so quite pleased as it was getting quite warm by the end, glad I went out at 8:20 when it was foggy and drizzling as it also meant I couldn't see how far I still had to go along the seafront, haha.


07/07/2013 at 19:31

Mark and Stephen- well done- must have been tough in the heat...

MM- wise decision I'd say

15 West- nice running

IQ- you seem to have very different weather....

Just came back from a 4.2m recovery run which made me grateful that I got the main event out of the way early this morning. Think I will do that again! This afternoon's post Wimbledon run (Well done, Andy Murray!!!!) was 24 degrees, but thankfully with a bit of a breeze...Weekly stats: (missed 1 session cos I overslept) 101.19m in 13.04.50 (7.45 av)

First 2000m of 2013 done and dusted


07/07/2013 at 20:03

Jason your mileage is insane! I don't think I've ran 2000 miles in my whole life 

What are you targeting in Chester?

07/07/2013 at 20:18

Mark- lol! Too early to think of targets.... But sub 2.45 is the main plan  After that, will have to see how the speedwork goes in later weeks- final decision on race pace will come after Lake Vyrnwy half in September

07/07/2013 at 20:48

Wow, 2.45 would be impressive.

I bet there won't be many runners ahead of you with a time like that.

07/07/2013 at 21:22

21mins better than blackpool is mine sub 4

07/07/2013 at 21:27

Mark - there will be a fair few! 2.49 last year saw 28 ahead of me

07/07/2013 at 21:41

Trail half(ish) for me yesterday. Got to fhe drinks just before 12 at 10 secs/mile up on target MP (target 8.30) feeling strong, felt very lightheaded soon after and finished the 13.6ish in a second under 2h, a dreadful last few km, hopefully heat related, my head felt like it was about to burst.

 Legs feel great today, wish my burnt shoulders felt great, so jogged an easy 6.  Day off Tuesday so I'll aim for about 20 at a very easy pace in the sun.

07/07/2013 at 21:47

Graeme- good running! Tough n the heat. Make sure you keep drinking plenty before your 20 No plans to do a 20 here for another 2 weeks....

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