Snowdonia marathon 2013

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04/05/2013 at 18:17

lovely sunny ( but as ever windy) eve here. Did local parkrun this morn,  still chasing that elusive 25mins! JD flew past me even tough he said he was wasn't trying!!!

TR41, good to hear things getting back on track.

Brer,-  good luck in MK.

Hope everyone else has a lovely bank hol weekend of running x

04/05/2013 at 20:24

Oh isnt it lovely to have some sun and warmth?

Tapering again..had severe hamstring cramp whilt having physio last night..he says my legs are "on the edge" so must not do anything strenous until Monday. So, what's a girl to do with her free time? I had a manicure today for the first time ever. Clearly, I will thrash JDs marathon time now..cos my nails look nice.

Off to MK in the morning, enjoy running, BBQs etc xxx

04/05/2013 at 20:32

Chrissi- top running

brer- all the best, buddy! Looking forward to the report!

jenf- keep on plugging! Looking good this morning! I am keeping my powder dry for Carmarthen 5k on Monday morning

06/05/2013 at 15:01

I knew it was going to be tough today from my pounding HR in  the warm up-- and it was! Not an easy course and still recovering from the mara no doubt, but only 7 seconds quicker today than I was in Llyn Llech Owain trail parkrun 2 weeks before London! Severe case of CBA after 2m... Lol! Still, a good day as my boy ran his first run in the Y1 funrun I made my time 18.54

06/05/2013 at 19:07

I'm back Snodders from a very warm Milton Keynes marathon. Don't know how hot it was but had to wear skimpiest running gear today for first time in about a year

Set off to just have a post-London bimble but all felt good so I latched on to 3:30 pacer. Felt pretty strong till some pillock nearly legged me up. I couldnt cope with the claustrophia of the pack that were around the pacer so I dropped back a bit but just kept him in sight for most of the way. Legs felt trashed by 24 though and heat was getting a bit grim. But-how the hell it happened, I dont know..I came in at 3:31 and 19 seconds. 3 minutes faster than London and 12th lady overall. Feel dreadful now though even though I have drunk loads of liquid.

Good going for you and JD junior. Before we know it, he'll be caning it around Snowdon

06/05/2013 at 19:35

Brer- excellent runnng!!! Keep up the fluid intake for the next few days and don't forget the electrolytes.... What was the course like?

06/05/2013 at 19:59

Fantastic running Brer - just don't know how you do it!!!    I remember running London in the "hot" year and give me Snod's rain and hail any day .

Anyway, when you've recovered from this jaunt, just wondered if you fancied doing a back to back marathon, as I know you're doing the High Peak marathon and I have a place going at Windermere on the Sunday if you're interested?   Unfortunately, family stuff means that I'm unable to run and it would be a shame for the place to go to waste   Let me know if you're interested and I'll give number etc to RFR 

Did Uttoxeter half yesterday.  Having had a total "mare" of a race last year, with stitches on downhill stretches and having had similar problems at Snod last year, I was really worried about the race this year.   I took things very steady from the start and was ok until a downhill at about 8 miles which forced me to walk, but then was ok on very steep section at Marchington Cliff (and able to run very steadily on this section), but got poleaxed on final mile downhill section, forcing a walk again.  On the plus side, I finished about five minutes faster than last year, but on the negative side, I wish I could sort out this business with stitches.   Never used to affect me, but now I live in dread  have tried just about every trick in the book , but so far no real success!   Any thoughts appreciated?

06/05/2013 at 20:28

SD...NO!!! I must say no to your generous offer-I know my limits. If White Peak on Saturday was a shot as today, there is no way I could face Windermere the next day. Thanks though Just as a thought re stitch, I was exactly the same but I have discovered that if I have my instant porridge pot and banana at least 3 1/2 hrs before event, I don't get stitch. I have a few cubes of Shotbloks about half an hour before the race and it seems to get me through(along with usual gels and stuff). But anyway, time has improved for you so not all bad

Jason, course straightforward enough. Bit of twisting and turning on underpasses but pleasant enough. Lots of support etc. Milton Keynes is the strangest place I have ever been to though.

06/05/2013 at 23:17

Great running - is that a PB, brer?

stilldreaming - the two main causes of stitch are eating a meal too soon before running and not warming up.  Don't know if that's relevant to you?


Did the hardest 10-mile training run ever today.  Drove over to the Camarthen Fan and did a circuit taking in Fan Hir, Fan Brycheiniog and Picws Du.  3200' ascent and about 5 miles of the route pathless, tussocky, and boggy, with the sun beating down.  Took me 3h12!!  It was one of 4 recces I'm doing for 10Peaks Brecon Beacons in September. The distance and the amount of ascent is going to be five times what I did today.

07/05/2013 at 07:17

Hey are you? Yes, it was a pb yesterday and I owe the fact that I didnt decombust in the heat to a cunning tip you gave me some years ago before White Peak marathon

That sounds a cracking run, 10 Peaks sounds a grueller.

07/05/2013 at 13:41

Brer - WOW guess the manicure worked

TRex - he he that looks like my sort of time for a run thugh if i get 3hrs12 for Cader i'll be a happy bunny as i ws 3hr16 last time

JD - you CBA i don't believe it. JD junior will be showing you how it's done soon if he isn't already.

SD - good result despite the stitches

Lovely sunny 3 mile (but good hill) plod yesterday before crashing out at a BBQ in the sun - love the lovely bank holidays.  Breaking News - i'm off on a Leadership in Running Fitness Course on Sunday  ha ha at least i won't put people off joining the club with my awesome speed. apparantly there are 3 hours of practical during the day - think i should of trained for it.

07/05/2013 at 16:40

fantastic result (again!) Brer

TRex - sounds like a hard day out, but well done.

SD well done, hope you find a cure for the stitches soon...

JD you're in danger of sounding human with a dose of CBA

enjoy the leadership course Chrissi!

really getting back to it now running steadily up to 5ish miles without any major probs, a 7 mile trip including up snowdon to just below halfway house in rather warm temperatures last week proved a bit too much too soon - was ok afterwards, but during was so much harder than I expected!  reckon there's about 10 weeks until the race, so a lot of work to be done, but should be achievable

New bike has been ordered, just in time for this fine dry spell of weather to end , just need to build my confidence up big time riding back out on the roads.  Deep down I know I just need a big kick up the backside and to get on with it, getting out there and doing it is a bit harder though  Hoping the fact that I'm getting really fed up driving to work, and that there'll roadworks on my route for pretty much the rest of the summer term from next week will be a big motivator


08/05/2013 at 20:36

Hey Panad, Snowdon mountain race..loved it last year although I was a pansy on the descents

I don't blame you for being a bit scared of bike -suppose it's like getting back on a horse. Good luck with it girl and take care

10/05/2013 at 09:35

 it's my birthday

Panad - can you go somewhere with no traffic/not much traffic first????

10/05/2013 at 20:16

Hey Happy Birthday Chrissi..had anything nice? Lots of cake I hope

Not a lot to report from Brer Land..resume running tomorrow after 4 days of enforced abstinence-just 2 Spin classes since Milton Keynes marathon on Monday. Long trot tomorrow then taper for White Peak marathon next weekend.

Anyone else up to anything?

11/05/2013 at 21:26

My local 10K in the morning.  Not sure what speed I've got, if any!

12/05/2013 at 10:29

Well done Brer on another cracking marathon time,one of my mates who is a gym instructor takes spinning classes which I go to occasionally and it is 45 mins of torture,i am sure he gets some sort of kick out of seeing us in pain.

I have just come back from a week in the Lanzarote sunshine.i managed a couple of runs out there before the kids got up and dragged me off to the pool.Managed a 12 mile run yesterday and did a 4 mile run this morning with my wife,not much I know but this the start of my steady build up to October and hopefully keeping injury free,

Hope everyone is enjoying some good running


12/05/2013 at 21:48

Good going, RR.  Hope you have a trouble-free build up to October.

It took me 50 minutes to get round my local hilly 10K (Sorbrook) this morning.  No real issues as such causing me to be 3-4 minutes slower than before on this course.  Just unfit, I think.

Kms: 5.14  4.51 3.39  6.41  4.45  6.20  4.25  4.51  4.55  4.50  Notice the two hills and one good downhill!

13/05/2013 at 09:54

 Thanks T rex, 50 mins for a hilly 10k sounds good to me,will you be leading the sub 4 group around this year?

13/05/2013 at 13:21

If the demand's there ... and of course I've got to be capable of it myself ...

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