Preston Guild Marathon

anyone tempted?

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22/10/2012 at 11:18
Nerves really kicking in now, can't wait to get to the start line and get the marathon underway and hope that my training carries me through!!
Hope everyone's taper is going well and managing to stay fit and healthy along with getting the carbs on board!! Good luck all in the final week and see you on Sunday bright and early !
22/10/2012 at 19:37
Final Physio session today - massage, acupuncture, joint manipulation, ice massage, laser treatment and then foot and lower leg taped up. Will be 4 weeks on Sunday since running a single step so the taper is going extremely well!

Stay sane and safe everybody!
22/10/2012 at 22:38

Sounds like you're taking the Paula Radcliffe approach to race preparation

Good luck with it.

23/10/2012 at 07:48

SJ, we'll get a barrel of iced water for you to hop in at the finish! Although, looking at the forecast we all may be nicely cooled on the day with a breeze from the North!

Anyone got any good hamstring or T-band stretches? I particularly struggle to properly stretch my T-band without looking like I'm playing "Twister"; keeping balance, not giggling due to the ridiculousness of it all and therfore not getting a proper stretch for any length of time on the zone intended etc. Trying not to "tie up" in these last few non-running days.

23/10/2012 at 08:39
I'll take you up on the offer of a barrel of water Lowrez!

The best hamstring stretches I've found involve 2 people (nothing kinky!) - lying on your back, one leg flat, one leg up in the air with someone leaning onto the raise leg to push it towards your shoulder - that and leg on the arm of the settee, bend from the waist and tuck your bottom in to stretch the whole leg.

For ITB I generally just use the foam roller, lying on side and rollering over the outside of the thigh and enjoying the pain!

I always find a good old piriformis stretch helps too, lie on back, bottom against a wall with legs bent, one foot flat against the wall and the other like you have your legs crossed, push gently on the bent leg's knee.

If you can replicate what I have in my head from those descriptions then well done
23/10/2012 at 13:00

Really looking forward to this now - I hope the weather will be good and the support will be great

23/10/2012 at 15:01
Weather still looking a bit breezier than you might like but otherwise ideal
23/10/2012 at 15:52

For anyone interested I have put together an elevation profile of the route. All the data was taken from google earth. I apologies for any inaccuracies in advance but I only created it as a guide for me. Hope this can be of some help to you all. Happy running!

23/10/2012 at 16:41

The beeb are predicting rain for Sunday, but i think its best waiting till Friday for a more accurate prediction.

Thanks for posting your elevation profile blisterUK as i now know mine was correct lol - Its going to be a tough finish!!

There should be some good support out Simon, as the HM has over 2k doing it. You bringing your usual support along ?


23/10/2012 at 19:15
Wish I hadn't seen that elevation profile, the finish looks quite tough. Managed 2 miles on the treadmill and a couple of hours table tennis yesterday then 3 miles on the road today. It felt a bit sluggish but no pain or twinges in my calf. Planning a bit of a walk tomorrow and a couple of easy miles on Thursday then I might have a drive round the course if I get chance. Hope the rain stays away and the wind doesn't blow too hard.
23/10/2012 at 19:25
Weather watching is fun but don't worry too much about it. I PBd in Manchester in lashing rain and strong winds...! You just have to get your race tactics right and draft people when you are in a headwind - don't be the guy in front... unless I'm behind you
23/10/2012 at 20:05

Weather watch is fun, just got hat and gloves out for Sunday, now trying to work out whether to wear thermal base layer?

The joys of the weather.

23/10/2012 at 20:54
Thermal base layer?? Are ya running or watching??
23/10/2012 at 21:23

ha, ha I'm a soft southerner, I may have to layer up too - although I'm sure it will make me feel like I'm on a training run and not a race.  Perhaps to get my goal I'll also have to risk hypothermia

23/10/2012 at 21:42
If you have trained without layers dont change anything you must have done a long training run in your race kit so just go with that as its not mid winter and dont over think things as it will beat you up before you even start so just chill out carb up and stick to your race plan all the best and see you sunday.
23/10/2012 at 22:10

Just had last 5 miler with the running club and most of the guys (and girls) are doing the Snowdonia Marathon on Saturday. I aint getting much sympathy for the uphill finish in Preston! Lol


23/10/2012 at 23:02

Weather forecast has indeed changed today.  Now cold wet and really quite windy. 31kph is not pleasant.

Not great for us (who likes wind?!)  But the main disappointment is for my family... and the Guild crowds.

Ah well...  it's supposed to be sunny on Saturday and Monday... so the forecast could easily change

23/10/2012 at 23:22

Come on guys! Can't let a bit of weather put us off!  All part of the challenge!

24/10/2012 at 09:05

Had signed up for this but have been injured for 3 months so cannot do. However, I am now marshalling and will be on Cottam Way at about mile 8 and on the way back mile 23 so I'll cheer you all the way. Good luck!

24/10/2012 at 11:19

it's only the gusts that go up 31kph and the rain is still only 'light' so all in all it should be marginally better than my last with gusts forecast up to 35kph and heavy rain!!!  Remind me again why I pay to do this???! 

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