MBNA Chester Marathon 2013

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08/07/2013 at 08:05

Have now recovered after my awful 15 mile trail race yesterday which saw me finish with heat exhaustion. Only ran solidly for 8.5miles then the next 6.5 were a mix of walk/run/walk. Really tough in the heat and my body just rebelled. Thankfully watching Murray win Wimbledon cheered me up no end and almost made me go out for a recovery run yesterday evening.

Back to marathon training this week, so rest day for today and its a step back week this week which is good especially as the temperature is supposed to stay scorching.

Well done to everyone who got out there and ran in the heat. We must be bloody  mad 

08/07/2013 at 09:04

My whole family has now got the running bug!!! My wife went out and completed her first 3mile run, my son already is out there and now my daughter after 16yrsof me nagging is going out for her first ruin with me tonight. Going to go for a very gentle 1 mile walk/run with her first then do another 2 miles very slow just to help get legs feeling normal after yesterdays HM.

weather is amazing although a little hot for running does help motivate you to go out there and do something.

08/07/2013 at 22:53

I'm begging to wonder if this is meant to be, after recovering from the calf strain I've now got a chest infection (doc's tomorrow) and I somehow don't think I'll be doing the Wyvern 10K on Sunday.

I suppose it's still early enough to (Hopefully) clear up and then get down to some serious training...............


Or possibly take up twiddly winks!!!!!

09/07/2013 at 10:15

Hi nellyp, I know what u mean about illness. I've got chest infection as well after completing MKHM just getting over a cold the body is saying NO!!!!

meant to be doing my local running club 10k tonight but going to Marshall instead.

going to take it easy reset of week (sort of) as I have off road marathon in 2 weeks!!!!

all good fun 

09/07/2013 at 17:23

Hello all. 10mi for me today at a relatively easy pace. Still covered in sweat at the end, stupid weather. Should be a bit cooler tomorrow (more so the further north and east you are); then heats up again for a few days then hopefully a bit cooler on the latter part of the weekend.

09/07/2013 at 20:03

Good long run in the heat, slower and 14 instead of 20 because I had to get back for my swimming lesson. Lost 3.2kg despite stopping for a bottle of water at about halfway.

09/07/2013 at 20:34

15 West- agree about the weather- I've had enough!

Graeme- wow! good going!

Nelly and Stephen- get well soon...

Lisa- take it easy- if you were suffering from heat exhaustion, it will take a while to fully recover and hydrate

6m recovery for me at 5am when the weather was quite pleasant- warm by the time I finished! Waited until 7pm for the evening run- can't leave it much later as it interferes with sleep/ recovery and the morning run! Didn't do much good- it was still 24 degrees when I finished. Going to have to take a drink on tomorrow's MLR Still, happy with tonight's run- steady effort 8.16m in 55.25 (6.47 av)

10/07/2013 at 14:12

Hi all some seriously committed runners on here which is very commendable , im very much a plodder but looking to sharpen up training to attain a pb at Chester , can anyone recommend a cross training / core workout plan as this is oftern my downfall as i do the running side of things but not the conditioning part .thanks   

10/07/2013 at 15:41


This is a pretty tough core workout - but a good one I reckon....you can try each one for 30secs first of all, then increase...? Also - just doing the plank for 30 seconds a few times a day plus some sit ups will help...and this clam one is good for your butt muscles which I have been doing recently as have some hip problems.


Also - you should do some strength training on your legs..squats etc; that will help your running; and as for cross training - whatever you enjoy really...swimming, cycling, rowing, cross trainers etc etc.

10/07/2013 at 15:42

13mi for me today. Not quite as hot today. Feeling a bit rubbish with what feels like a cold trying to start...

10/07/2013 at 15:47

Also Kev - as you are a bit of a plodder as you say why don't you try introducing some speed work into your training. Once a week do between 15 and 30mins running at your half marathon pace (after a few miles warming up and followed by a few miles cooling down)...or do some intervals like 5x3mins at 5k pace.....just a thought....

10/07/2013 at 16:52

Is there any indication when the last time for entering this race is likely to be?

10/07/2013 at 17:30

15west -thanks for your advice and tips , will give it a go

10/07/2013 at 20:00

Marshall at my clubs midweek 10k event. On Tuesday evening.  Really good to see the running at close up. Did a lovely easy 2.7 mile recovery run to day. Feeling all recovered from weekends run and what I thought was a chest infection. What ever it was it went as quick as it came. 

Back to faster running tomorrow hopefully after my company's conferance (sit down event and eat  too much food!!!) going to go for about 7/8 miles, then back to the LSR on Saturday.

10/07/2013 at 20:14

Change of plan this evening! Was supposed to do 12-13, but it was 28 degrees at 7pm without a breath of wind, so switched sessions around, running 8.01m in 55.17 (6.54 av). Got through 500ml of water as it was and looked like I had been thrown in a lake by the end!

11/07/2013 at 00:01

Hi Kev - i'm  middle of pack - back , usually 4hr 30 marathon and pacing the 4:45 group at Chester - i ve been following the 3 x a week First training schedule linked here long run, tempo and intervals, intervals fast as you can between 400m and a mile. i ve followed it roughly for last 10 or so marathons and it fits in with life and a little bit of gym or swim cross training, cheers 


11/07/2013 at 08:22

Morning all

got the 12 miler done and dusted by 7.30 this morning, before it got too hot

11/07/2013 at 09:20

Jason - think I was probably on the verge of heat exhaustion as was shivering and cold in 30c heat and feeling extremely nauseous everytime I tried to start running - believe that the enforced walk from 8.5 miles probably stoppped me tipping over the edge.

So training this week is a cut back week - woohoo!

Club session on Tuesday, which consisted of hill repeats, 800m intervals and strides - felf pretty wrecked after this and my speed was definately slower then usual. Yesterday was a 5.5 mile recovery run and my plan for today is a gentle 8 miler - was going to get up and go out early, but as have day off work felt that a lie in was in order, so will head out later.

Nelly I hope that you are now starting to recover from you chest infection?

Kev10 when you say you are a plodder - please define that as amongst all the super speedy runners on this thread I am very much a plodder - however I still class myself as a 'proper runner' compared to the rest of the non-running population!  


11/07/2013 at 09:37

Morning everybody. 6mi slow run for me today. The heat is back here in Manchester...but supposed to be a bit cooler from sunday onwards. I've got a bit of a sore throat and blocked up nose which is nice.

11/07/2013 at 17:31

Wrexhamrob - Thanks for the link , going to try and stick to 4 runs a week plus cross training session of sorts

Lisa123 - my take on running has always been to enjoy it and not take it too seriously which has sometimes cost me in previous marathons (times etc)  


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