MBNA Chester Marathon 2013

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24/07/2013 at 13:19

Welcome Natalie, a lot of marathon plans are about 12 week's long, so just find one that suits your lifestyle and planned finishing time and try and stick to it you may need to amend it slightly, but most of us do. Do you have a time in mind?


24/07/2013 at 16:56

Wrexhamrob, no I'm not doing training run on 5th. I running very well at moment, I've decided I'm going to go out with 3:30 pace and if all goes well will get home in 3:30 PB

if goes really well and feel good will move on after 20miles and if goes wrong should still get home in a good time. 

now going out for a 6mile run with strides before next thunderstorm and before big curry night!!!!

25/07/2013 at 09:23

I have an entry for the 2013 race but due to a current injury I won't be in any shape to run.

Unfortunately the race organisers don't do refunds or deferral to following year, but I can transfer my entry to another runner at no extra cost.

So, does anyone want my entry for the reduced price of £25 ( £42/£44 normal price ) ? Or if you are already doing it you may know someone who is thinking of doing it.

Get in touch and I'll get the necessary details to the organisers

25/07/2013 at 22:07

Hi Angus, I'm interested, was going to sign up this week. 

25/07/2013 at 22:40

Hi Mark, message sent to you

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26/07/2013 at 06:49

morning all,

9 miles @MP last night in the humidity (we haven't had the rain here yet!) .. that is if my race pace is going to swing wildly from 8:30 - 9:30 m/m's ..... averaged out OK to a nice 9mm, but think it may be better if it was a little more consistent.

26/07/2013 at 16:41

Hello all. Was going to run 20mi today, but decided might be better for family harmony if I just run 10 (it's my daughter's birthday today); so it will have to be 20 on sunday. Hope the family appreciate the massive sacrifices I make for them!

26/07/2013 at 17:04

Hello all,

10mi with 6 @ LT pace ran today, managed to maintain pace, through gritted teeth at times but it is done - weather still stupipidly hot and humid as like Bruce no rain here yet either. Recovery run planned for tomorrow and then my longest run ever - 20 big ones!!

26/07/2013 at 23:00

Stepped on the rail inside the track at the end of a rep last night. Ankle is all the colours of the rainbow. Buggered all chances of a good race. 

27/07/2013 at 15:28

wrexhamrob - thanks for sharing the course elevation profile, that's good to know. 

Graeme - sorry to hear about your ankle, hope it recovers soon!

NellyP - glad you are well enough to get some training in now

Lots of fab times and mileage from everyone on the thread (you crazy people!)

I'm building up the distance, it's not going too bad so far as I'm up to 17 miles and even with a bit of walking for drinks and jelly babies I'm still just about within ten minute miles... wondering when the wheels are going to come off! Next week's long run drops down to 13 miles again which is good as I'm on standby and will have to run an uninteresting loop repeatedly so I'm close to home all the way round. At least it's traffic free!



27/07/2013 at 17:19

Wrexham, thanks for the profile, but  it looks like 1,555 ft climb to me. am I missing something?  That wouldn't be flat for me!  

28/07/2013 at 14:28

18 miles for me today, was supposed to be 20mi but legs refused point blank to run any further. Will have to try harder next time 

Really hope that the route doesn't climb 1555ft am a little bit rubbish on hills!


28/07/2013 at 16:02

Afternoon all! Finally got round to having a quick look through this thread...there are some seriously scary good runners out there! Feeling rather intimidated now. This will be my first marathon, I've only been running for 12 months and 2 weeks to be precise so I'm following a RW training plan.  

Was on track for 15 miles yesterday, my furthest distance to date. I'd broken to route down into 2 halves, once from a pub round a reservoir and back to the pub for water and loo break, then down a straight 4 mile road to another pub for water and loo, then back again to make 15 miles.

The forecast was apocolyptic from 1pm so I headed out at 10:30am...I never ever anticipated it to be so, so hot! I completed the first half of 7 miles with ease, loving the glorious views and weather. Stopped at the pub for water and they took that long to serve me...I just lost all my mojo completely ( So...the next 8miles never materialised (

So I'm in need of a bit of a pick me up folks please. My short distances are getting faster and faster and my fitness is improving but I'm losing motivation as I'm not losing weight, have a few issues at home and the longer distances are proving somewhat of a mental challenge for me now.

Please help...all encouragement need as my mojo is running in the wrong direction!

28/07/2013 at 18:15

Great run for  me today. After completing the trail marathon last Sunday and running a fast golden mile on Tue, took Wednesday steady and today a lovely 11miles at a steady 9.15 pace. Feeling so good at the moment, it's great when running feels this good.

everyone seems to be running well and following great plans. Important four weeks coming up now, speed work, disfinance, and some mid week midi distance runs at MP or faster. Did this for Abingdon 2yrs ago and it worked well for me.

28/07/2013 at 19:10

Hiya, anyone need a race place?

I'm pulling out have been in touch with race peeps & can transfer the entry.

PM me if interested. Cheers

28/07/2013 at 20:34

welcome anyone joning , welcome Vicky- yes there are some serious runners here , but there are serious runners of ALL standards, i'm pacing the 4hr 45group - in Shrewsbury i ran 4:29, on an undulating course. No problem with mojo going missing etc occaisionally , especially in such heat, i like your plan of loops from a pub for water and loo, good thinking. On my really long 16-18plus miles i use a camel back- with the knowledge that i will not have to carry that much water (a litre or so) in a race.

yes i posted the elevation - which should show approx where the slight inclines are, approx mle 15 and 24. There certainly is NOT 1500ft of climb , more like 150ft - its probably the vagaries of connect garmin , poss a few feet up here and there. (Im running Snowdonia a few weeks later

28/07/2013 at 20:36

hmm i keep loosing 1/2 a message - we were away in the Lakes Thursday to Sunday - so i missed my planned 15mile long run, a hilly 5 on Thursday. i may go for a 9 tomorrow night then a could of short sessions before the training run next Sunday. ANyone else planning to attend ? 

28/07/2013 at 20:55

Vicky- keep concentrating on performance- well done on the improvement- and the weight will follow- gradually, maybe, but it will. At least, that's what I am telling myself!

As WR says, don't worry about the elevation! I think it was 100m TOTAL over the 26.2m- it is a fast course- lots of PBs every year. I have PBd on both my Chester marathons

I got Friday's missed 5.7m run done this morning before marshalling at Tenby 10k- great turn out- must have been 500 runners. Spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach in Tenby with the family in the sun. What a change this evening!! Almost cancelled tonight's run cos of the monsoon conditions, but it let up so I risked it.... Got 8.14m done and got home just before the heavens opened again- never seen rain like it either!!! PHEW- lucky escape No long run today as my schedule starts on a Sunday (although I don't...) and it is a RECOVERY WEEK. Due to mismatch between my week and the schedule week, this week's mileage is a bit less and next week's (with the LR) will be a bit more... Weekly stats: 92.47m in 11.49.28 (7.40 av)

****** 10 WEEKS TO GO********

Edited: 28/07/2013 at 20:55
28/07/2013 at 21:11

Chester Marathon entry for sale - message me if you are interested. Good luck to all runners - will be volunteering again!

29/07/2013 at 13:13

Thanks Guys! WrexhamRob...you're pacing the 4hrs45? That's my sort of time frame - woop woop! I'm aiming to do it in under 5hours which I think should be do-able.

What sort of pace should my long runs be at? I can do a 5K in 29minutes and 4.7miles (around a reservoir!) in 46minutes (from memory!)...I know these are shorter distances but I'm hoping that they will mean my longer distance isn't as slow as it used to be!

I'm also trying to get some interval training in when I can too!

What sort of time should I be aiming my 15 miles at? My 13 miles was done in 2 hours 11.

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