Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

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18/11/2013 at 12:49

Two weeks of training before taper time Wenty - get yourself out there

18/11/2013 at 12:57

I did this as my first marathon last year,and this year will be my second.

I hope the course is not waterlogged like last year.I injured my knee last year,i think by jumping over puddles and on and off that low coast path wall.Inexperience really,learnt my lesson that cant do that over nearly 4 hours, takes its toll on the knees.

Looking forward to it though as I been putting in 20 milers last 2 weeks running.Something I never did last year.Hoping to crack 3h 30.

18/11/2013 at 13:03

Thanks Little Miss Happy, I see you are living true to your name ......

Only joking. Will try and get a 16 and 18 miler in next 2 weeks taper with a 15 and 12 miler.... How does that sound?

Err how waterlogged was it last year and was this normal does anyone know?

18/11/2013 at 16:37

Generally I'm happy when I'm running Wenty and I like to spread the word

18/11/2013 at 18:21
Wenty wrote (see)

Thanks Little Miss Happy, I see you are living true to your name ......

Only joking. Will try and get a 16 and 18 miler in next 2 weeks taper with a 15 and 12 miler.... How does that sound?

Err how waterlogged was it last year and was this normal does anyone know?

Well we had tons of rain December last year,it just never stopped.Even the night before was pouring down.The promenade and pavement sections were ok,but the whole tracks down to hayling island right upto where you turn around was one massive puddle.Basicly anywhere not tarmac/stone surface was water and I don't think im exaggerating too much either.

I spent the first half leaping the puddles but on the way back was too tired and was  just running through it.

But even though I got injured,i was glad I did it,big achievement for me and im doing it again this year.So good luck everyone.

18/11/2013 at 19:07

Hoping to do 20/21 on Thursday, have a feeling it's going to come around real quick!


19/11/2013 at 08:48

20/21 ekkkk - is that your longest run in training Zoe?

Knakered  Neil - lets hope there is a bit less rain this year!

19/11/2013 at 10:50

Yes longest run to date is 19, really want to do at least 20/21 just for confidence as much as anything else, it's my first marathon!


19/11/2013 at 11:23

You will be fine Zoe - i dont normally run past 16-18 miles. But i know what you mean for my first marathon i wanted to do 20/21 and its a good physcological boost!

20/11/2013 at 07:23

I'm doing 20 on Saturday and am gonna leave that as my longest, will do 15 next weekend and then taper.....phew!

20/11/2013 at 08:42

Good stuff Big Tel sounds spot on to me! Always nice getting to taper stage, providing you have the miles in the bag of course!

21/11/2013 at 13:54

Managed  a 20 miler today, very slow at the end, fell over at 14 miles somehow and landed shoulder the cheek on pavement, actually heard my head smack the pavement! Carried on as I did not want to come out for another long run on sunday


not sure what I should be doing in the next couple of weeks, last few weeks I have done 15, 16, 17, 19, 13 half marathon, 20

21/11/2013 at 16:21

Personally i do a 15m then 12m in my final 2 weeks but some people do less than that! basically any long runs will have little benefit in the last 4 weeks as it takes 4 weeks to see benefits of long runs, most guides suggest cutting 50-75% for 2-3 weeks out and 25-50% for 1-2 weeks out. But most suggest maintain intensity.

21/11/2013 at 16:22

Oh and hope your head is ok!

21/11/2013 at 16:23

And the pavement

21/11/2013 at 17:49

Well done for getting up and carrying on Zoe - just the sort of thing I'd do - in fact did last year, smacking my shoulder off a barrier, had a wacking great bruise for ages, hope you're ok. I'll do a 20 miler next weekend (though it may be as late as Tuesday due to other commitments) then 14 miles or so two weeks out and maybe only 10 - 12 miles the week before.

Wenty - I thought it was two weeks for physiological adaptations?

21/11/2013 at 18:11

I had to carry on as it was my last long run! 

Last year I did the Gurkha trail walker which was 62 miles, I trained up to 34 but did a lot of walking last year, I feel happier I have done 20, just want to get round the course!

21/11/2013 at 18:42

Sounds as though you have a good endurance base Zoe - and the right mentality to finish.

21/11/2013 at 19:11

When I did the Gurkha walk last year we had a time limit, I did 30 miles with blisters under toe nails and my feet were wreaked! Depends how much you want it! 


22/11/2013 at 09:14

Little miss happy, my understanding is that Threshold is approx 7-10 days, VO2 max is approx 2 weeks and the goal of a long run is to build-up your aerobic system. (by increasing the number and size of the mitochondria in your muscle fibers, and capillaries, myoglobin content of your muscle fibers.) This generally takes 4 weeks+

I presume that is why you see the last long run on most plans is 4-5 weeks before the marathon, and then more VO2 max and threshold in the last few weeks.

However this probably varies massively with different variables such as age, experience and genes. But just what i have read in the past, and seems some merit in it.

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