Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

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15/11/2012 at 08:51
More snail than hare. wrote (see)

hello everyone. Just signed up for this today. I did my first mara at the end of sept (loch ness) and loved it. Have kept ticking over with half marathons in the last 6 weeks but haven't run further than 15 miles since . Will be using the next 40 days to get some long runs in. Lets hope 40 days is long enough to get fighting fit.Starting to panic a bit now

You'll be fine - my longest run in the last 6 months was a half marathon last Sunday...

Edited: 15/11/2012 at 10:49
15/11/2012 at 20:38

NICEIRONDAD- do you remember how long the stretch is along the moterway? It doesn't sound very coastal.

2wheels- how did you do in last weeks half?

15/11/2012 at 22:02

1.49.43 which was a PB by 5 seconds.Mixed feelings, on one hand I was in hospital in July with a heart scare and couldn;t run for most of August so I should be chuffed, but on the other I know if I hadn;t been out till 2 the night before and up in Glasgow for a very messy night on the Thursday I could have gone a couple of minutes faster as I blew massively in the last 1 1/2 miles...

My gameplan for thisis to start off at around 10 1/2 min/mile pace, and grit my teeth in the last quarter.

16/11/2012 at 16:41

 "do you remember how long the stretch is along the moterway? It doesn't sound very coastal."

Just checked on the map, its about 2k each way, top of Langstone Harbour, actually A27 not M27 at that point...

20/11/2012 at 17:07

Hi all

I have done 5 marathons so far this year and just got my PB at Luton a couple of days ago, 3hours 49 mins 9secs,not to bad for someone that was a functioning alcoholic, really looking forward to this one, hopefully see a few of you there, Remember if it gets tough which it does when you are training, remember The 3'Ds Determination Defeats Discouragement!!

Edited: 20/11/2012 at 17:08
22/11/2012 at 11:31

All being well it will be my 3rd Portsmouth since it's first in 2010. As mentioned before, it is flat and takes in a bit of shingly beach, long promenade, old path that used to have a train track on it, bit beside the motorway which is not too bad as you are on a cycle path and most of it is slightly lower than motorway level and you are still beside water - just - as Langstone Harbour is on your RHS - LHS on the back journey. Like all waterside runs it is exposed and yes, if the weather is bad and blowing a hoolie then it will be tough but goes with the territory I guess.

I love it and will be wearing fancy dress for this one - well - 2 days before Christmas so has to be done.

Edited: 23/11/2012 at 11:35
28/11/2012 at 07:08
I've become so used to running in trail shoes at the moment, having completed the Beachy Head last month. Can anyone tell me if the terrain is forgiving enough to wear trail shoes for 26 miles?
Kind regards
28/11/2012 at 13:38

Yeh, at the moment trail shoes aren't a bad idea, as going for my long run down there on saturday was quite slippy in places. Its probably only got about 10mi of tarmac, the majority is trail.

29/11/2012 at 22:29

10 miles of tarmac in proper trail shoes is not my idea of fun . Although there are some bits that can get a bit squishy most of this is runnable in road shoes a lot of the time so keep an eye on the weather. Wind is probably what will have the most effect as the majority of the course is completely exposed.

It's also my 3rd time so they must be doing something right.

30/11/2012 at 17:45

I have to agree with helly........trail shoes not the best for this terrain. I would stick to normal roadies. 

30/11/2012 at 22:21

Question for locals or those who know - where to go for post-race carb loading of the liquid variety?

The last 2 years we have gone to the Florence Arms (5 minutes from race finish, on way to station, ridiculously long cider menu) but I believe it has gone downhill since a change of management. Any recommendations or is the Flo still OK?

30/11/2012 at 22:30

Who else is doing their last 22 miler pre-Portsmouth this weekend? Its going to be a cold one so good luck all

01/12/2012 at 11:59

Just back from a local 10k run in Worthing....beautiful day for running.

02/12/2012 at 17:08

Ran parts of the route today and was lovely hopeful will be the same weather on the day

03/12/2012 at 10:29

Hope the weather is like last years.

03/12/2012 at 10:40

Did 30km in 2h 20m in lovely early morning sunshine on Sunday - and have my final long run - about 38km in 3h next sunday with two halfish marathons and a 10km in between them. I might be imagining it but my training schedule seems a bit brutal - my calves certainly think so. Looking forward to this one, hopefully it'll stay cold and dryish(!) for the next couple of weeks so it won't be too muddy - at least on the way out.

03/12/2012 at 15:41
Up for this ...Wondering though if i get in it in time ..Roadies it is then, thanks for the info
03/12/2012 at 18:26

I did Hayling 10 just over a week ago and it was very puddly along the path to Hayling. 

03/12/2012 at 20:54
That would be RE he has a weak bladder you know....
05/12/2012 at 08:36

There is a very informative video of the route on the event website. Still deciding whether to enter, as I've already run 9 marathons this year.

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