Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

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22/11/2013 at 12:21

I hope you're right and I'm wrong then Wenty - but there's no way I could do my last long run four or more weeks out and be confident that the endurance base was as good as it could be.

Too true Zoe.

22/11/2013 at 12:52

Miss. Happy, I think that's because its physcological, as you panic when you have not run long for a few weeks and then have to run a amarathon.

I notice that long runs make a big difference a few months before a marathon and quick, intervals and hills make a big difference weeks before 10k's. This is just what i have found, but everyone has a different genetic make up.

When do you do your last long run?

22/11/2013 at 17:13


Knew to this thread. 5 from our club are coming down to do this run. 3 of us are running a race a month as we approach the big 50. It will be my 5th marathon since the Brighton marathon in April this year. Since then done the South Downs,New Forest & Beechy Head. I'm not sure what time to go for Brighton was in 3.56 and New Forest 4.05- The other two were hilly ones so just over 5 hours.

Did a 16.25 mile run this morning at 8.40 minute pace which I was happy with & will probably do a 11 mile run on the Downs on Sunday and the same again over the next couple of weeks.

Really looking forward to crossing the line and thinking I can indulge over christmas!!!



22/11/2013 at 17:28

I usually do my last 20 mile(ish) run three weeks out more or less, will probably be the 3rd December for this one as I have commitments on the Sunday.

Hi Alistair - I think this one may be a little weather dependent.

22/11/2013 at 17:49

That Is what we have decided- see what it is like on the day and then decide what to aim for. As far as I am concerned the biggest achievement is to finish.

4 years ago I was a 16 stone lardy & (managed to lose 5 stone by 2010 and have kept it off ) I would never had contemplated a marathon!  

22/11/2013 at 17:51

Hi Alistair, Just turned 50 this month so this will be my first marathon as Vet50. Not really doing much mileage as hoping I still have enough left in my legs from Chester marathon on Oct 6th. Fingers crossed that the weather will be kind.

22/11/2013 at 22:06

Running to work on Sunday.Its just over 19 miles.Left it late last time I did it a few weeks ago and basicly quick shower then started  work.Luckily its not hard graft so its o.k.Will give myself more time this week.


24/11/2013 at 10:36

I did my first long run in a month yesterday.. 17 miles of hills and mud and I really felt it.  The last couple of miles were reduced to a shuffle.  4 weeks ago I felt invincible, now I am having a crisis of confidence.  I suppose I've not run much recently, with 2 of those weeks being the taper for the marathon I missed and the other 2 weeks getting over this bug.

I will attempt a 20-22 road run next weekend... at least Portsmouth is flat... (ignores any prospect of wind/snow/high tides...)

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24/11/2013 at 13:36

I've been rubbish at keeping up my long runs, hoping fitness from Snowdonia last month and an ironman 6 weeks ago will be enough, probably not but there's only one way to find out. Can we order it to be a bit less wet underfoot than last year?

24/11/2013 at 13:57

Hilly and muddy will have made those 17 miles a lot harder Suzie.

An IM followed by a marathon a couple of weeks later should have left you with a great endurance base Kate and you should be recovered enough to go faster again.

A lovely comfy 20 for me this morning, much milder than it has been which was nice.

24/11/2013 at 14:12

I am looking forward to this one.  Rated in top 10 a couple of years ago and I have heard good things.  I have also heard its a little tougher than most.

This will be my first full marathon off the back of the Gosport Half/Hayling10 and GSR. Have done 22 mile long runs in about 3:20 so confident of under 4 at least.

24/11/2013 at 14:23

HC, you're right about the weather this morning, abandoned my mittens and downgraded to gloves! It is fairly tough Paul, but very flat.

24/11/2013 at 16:25

16.25 miles on Friday which was fairly flat and 11.7 miles on the South Downs which was obvioulsy hilly!! Feeling firly confident for 4 weeks time will just continue knocking out the runs and fingers crossed for the weather. Don't mind the cold - it's the wind and rain that is the worry!!!  

24/11/2013 at 18:04

Hello people,

could I please join in? I live  locally and have recce'd parts of the course in the last few weeks. It seems in good nick and let's hope it stays that way!

As others have said, it's flat, but wouldn't cal it easy. Some of the paths are quite narrow and you can get blown sideways on the more exposed parts of the course. 

Did the Downton Half today to test the legs which went fine. A couple of weeks of proper training and then it's taper mode....

Really looking forward to it!

24/11/2013 at 20:03

Welcome aboard Francis!

24/11/2013 at 21:29

The turnaround point and a couple of miles before was waterlogged last year, let us know how it's holding up if you get a recce in Francis.

24/11/2013 at 23:22

Run to work went well,good weather,19 miles in exactly 2 and half hours.

Will do a 2 to 3 short runs  between 4 - 8 miles during the week and hopefully run to work again next weekend.

To suziewee, im sure if you do another long one next week youll feel much better,maybe limit it to 20 miles.

25/11/2013 at 09:13

Ok KateF,


I'm resting today as I rather gave it some at yesterday's HM, but might get a chance later in the week. I'll let you know as and when!

25/11/2013 at 10:59

Some serious training going in with this marathon people. I feel embarrassed

Managed a 17miler and 7 mile hills sunday, which is my longest in my training for this marathon, and may try and sneak one more long one in

Not sure if i am looking forward to it or dreading it!

25/11/2013 at 15:47

More you run in training more you'll look forward to the day Wenty

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