Preston Guild Marathon

anyone tempted?

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13/08/2012 at 13:09

Hi Egyptian, i hope it isnt a fracture, if so, thats a real shame for you.

Ive had shin splints for the past month maybe, but i dont think ive helped myself my simply cutting my miles down rather than taking a break. But im on my hols in early September, so im hoping that will do as a suitable rest period and things have calmed down a lot.

I think im doing the guild wheele this Sunday and fingers crossed i should get round the full 21 miles if i do, do it.

13/08/2012 at 15:30
Thanks. Had an X-ray this morning and there is no fracture! However, been told that I need lots of rest and I reckon that the full is unlikely to be possible. Been very upset but relieved now. Really hope I can do the series even if way below my best. Hope the ss clear.
13/08/2012 at 16:24

Egyptian Toe - sorry for the delay in replying - have had no notifications for this thread at all

What's the pain in your foot like? And where?

Re:adidas shoes - I have to have shoes that are 2 sizes above normal in the trail shoes, but am a 7.5 in the road trainers. I don't know why there is a discrepancy

13/08/2012 at 20:34
Well it's not too bad. On Friday I ran for 15 mins until it started hurting then it gradually built. Home after 4 swift miles. Sore next day, very. Knew it wasn't good. Hope it's not to do with trying adidas shoes. Done 2 runs in 2 weeks and now told to rest for a fortnight so mara is not realistic. Hey ho.
14/08/2012 at 10:58

Has the discomfort started since getting new trainers?

14/08/2012 at 12:25
The thought had crossed my mind, vixx. The last 2 attempts at runs have been in my old nike faithfuls and pain kicks in after about 15 mins. Not sure.
22/08/2012 at 08:52
All quiet on here of late.
Did anyone do the wheel opening on Saturday?
Disappointing as only about 35 did it
22/08/2012 at 12:49

I did 9, it took me 3 hours and i almost went the wrong direction a few times - but i did.

Yes numbers were low, but i wasn't surprised by that. I really enjoyed it and met some interesting runners.

How did you get on ?

I am doing a twenty mile this weekend, thinking about this route :

Not 100% sure on all the paths as its a new to me heading down to the canal. If any one spots any parts which aren't real let me know lol

And yes only around 9 weeks to go, come on folks lets get this forum moving!!

Edited: 22/08/2012 at 15:41
23/08/2012 at 08:40
I'm pretty new to running, doing Macclesfield half next month. However I want to do the big one before the years out an think Preston could be the one. I have had to lay off for a few days as I did my first 12 miler on Sunday but I ran on a sore leg and seem to have made things worse. When I say I am new to running I have only been seriously running for 7 weeks. Someone said that I needed to build the distance up slower so that my joints and muscles get used to the kind of strain that running puts on them. Preston is a month after Macclesfield, has anyone any advice with regard to whether I can get the distance in my legs in time?
23/08/2012 at 09:58

Hi Mark, it is possible to train up to doing a marathon in the time you have. However, that said.....I would take things slower if i was you, esp as you seem to have an injury. For the marathon training, you would have to be covering at least 20 miles a week and that would only ensure you get round. For example the training program i am currently doing, has me doing between 30 and 40 miles a week at the moment. Why dont you get your self a training program for the HM your doing and see how that goes and then perhaps a week afterwards have a think about whether or not your ready / have the time to train up to and run twice that distance.

If is was me, i propably wouldnt do, but like i said if you really pushed yourself you could do it, everybody is different.

Edited: 23/08/2012 at 10:00
23/08/2012 at 11:11

Mark I think if I was you I might wait for a marathon a bit later if you've only been running for 7 weeks you dont want to push it too much, get injured and then do this marathon without proper training it might put you off. I am hoping to do an 18 miler on sunday all being well since ther's no work on monday gives me an extra day to slob out lovely! Hope everyones tarining going well wish I knew where this wheel thing was sounds good

23/08/2012 at 11:14

Hi gladys, the Guild Wheel (If it works) is this :

23/08/2012 at 13:21

Thanks SJPC14 I will take a look.

23/08/2012 at 13:40


No problem its a godo course, its tough but worth the hassle. Some bits it isnt too clear on which way to go. But im sure if you have a good study of the map your figure it out.


Up to 18 miles i see, sounds like your training is on track. Good work.

Edited: 23/08/2012 at 13:40
23/08/2012 at 22:39
Thanks guys, I think it only sensible to wait until after the half and make an informed decision then. That's if my old legs don't give out on me!!
24/08/2012 at 09:36
SJPC14. I did 2.48 8min miles. I was expecting water at the school but missed the email about there being none. Ran the whole hog without and was losing it at mile 19... Had to beg water from the cafe at the end then shot off as I'd plenty of drinks in my took until 10pm for me to pee.
Found the route ok but I have lived all round Preston.
I'm on another 18m'er Sunday but I'm going off road over moors.
My training is for a 21 fell race 2wk before Preston. At Preston marathon I'll be along the route with my camera. My wife's doing it , trainings going well.
24/08/2012 at 10:41

a 21 m fell race sounds fun!! I might one day take to fell running but two many road run targets at the moment.

Yes i was disappointed to find out there was no water stops but i had my water bottle with me, so it wasn't too bad. The most annoying part was the fact that they didn't provide water at the end of the run.

Well done on, your time. We might of even come across each other at one point. I thought the run started off way too fast. I think i was in the lead group at the beginning and they got to first mile at around 7 mins, so i dropped way back after that.

Sounds like everybody is out running Sunday morning. I am going to do the course, i posted a few days ago, should be interesting.

24/08/2012 at 14:02

If anyone wants a map of the Preston Guild Wheel look on website

You can get all or just bits of it. Not done all way round in one go but done it in 2.

24/08/2012 at 22:19
I was in that pack & notice it at 7min so dropped off a little. Two shot off and another guy plodded on. I passed one on the big hill and the other was walking at Cottom. The guy plodding on carried on at Broughton , I give him a shout but he didn't hear. At the end I he said he'd gone to the shop for water. Nice medals.
The fell race is "the red bull steeple chase" 250 start after 8mile some are dropped. Then after another 4mile more are dropped. 6mile ,more dropped , finally 40 do final 3mile. Should be fun.
28/08/2012 at 11:13

Wow that sounds like a tough race 9. There seems there seems to be more and more those things popping up. I think the hardest one ive heard of is the "Spine"

And yes i passed a few of those that had carried on at the 7 min pace after we got up the hill. I guess a few were prob first timers at that distance and just got carried along, so if they are doing the mara. then it will have done them good to experience that.

My 20 mile route was a success on Sunday and if any one lives near the Leeds-Liverpool Canal i recommend it, i know we only ran on it for a few miles but it was nice going, quiet and car free!!


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