Snowdonia marathon 2013

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24/07/2013 at 23:07

Welcome back JD. So how was the analogue days then?

TR41, yep, just checked it out. I'm an idiot, it hadn't crossed my mind.  Love the 4th mile, 20 minutes and 96 calories. Bet you burnt a tad more than 96 doing it! You can really see the profile of the mountain in the times. Good running mate.

Rest day Monday, knees still feeling a tad used yesterday so didn't run. Did take the dogs out for a 6m walk with a few strides. Can't really twist it in my head that it was training of a description!

Not that I'd tell her as such, but I really do miss Mrs C when she's away. She went off to Exmoor with a couple of friends leaving me home alone. Monday I hardly ate, yesterday I ate less. Just didn't feel hungry. It's always the same when she goes away. To day, until she got home about 7 when I became ravenously starving in a Could eat a scabby horse sort of way, all I'd had was a chocky shake after my run.

So, I really didn't expect much from the run today, not having fuelled in anyway whatsoever. Gobsmacked though, one of the fastest averages I've had for a loooong time, about 600' of ascent,  8 1/4 miles. If you use Fetch, you know that new thing they've put in this month, fastest 400m/800m/1000m/1200m/mile. Todays run is topping every one.

So anyone got any clues why my body decided to put in a performance when I was expecting a poor, hard, slow run?


On a separate note, Mrs C saw something about this and wants a spin next time we're up that way. Anyone fancy it on the Sunday?


Britrisky    pirate
24/07/2013 at 23:17


Having recovered from Outlaw I'm now cranking the miles back up for my first crack at Snowdonia,  so hello to everyone!

My question is, and I apologise if the answer is 50 pages back and I missed it, but can anyone tell me what is on offer at the feed stations, particularly the gels ... I like to train with whatever is on offer on the day, if I can


25/07/2013 at 16:49

Welcome back JD

Britrisky - they had high 5 gels and electrolyte last year

Chimney - my friend did that for her birthday she said you get up to about 80mph

Brer - good luck this weekend

25/07/2013 at 16:54


Hi Britsrisky, iirc, water in cups at the first two, then mostly in bottles after that. Cups of water or energy @ 16m where theree's also some cake/flapjack or something? Haven't partaken before. About 10ish miles in there's a family on the left that have done oranges before, nothing to do with the race I think so not to be relied on. I think I've seen jelly beans, or maybe that's just some very nice & kind spectators. There's a map download on the mara website showiing where feeding stations are around the route, also a profile, it's surprising how they managed to find a flat course amongst those mountains...... of course all this is based on previous years and can't guarentee it will be the same this year. One of the sponsors again is High5, you can get a gel or two at registration though can't remember seeing any on the course.

With the combined memorys of the others on here you should get a farily good idea of what there will likely be. 

Went out for 6m this morning, about 400' ascent. Went fast for the first 2/3's were the hills are, then slowed down for the 2m home along the flat. Pretty pleased with the result. I'm sure I'm more efficient running around the 8m/m mark, just need to get back the fitness to do it over the mara now! 

Thinking of making it a double day and doing a steady 5 later this evening, just on the pavements round town for a change.

25/07/2013 at 16:57

Got side-tracked before I hit submit. 

80mph, that'll do  

Good point with the wishes to Brer, fair play to her for taking that on as an individual. 

Britrisky    pirate
25/07/2013 at 19:56

It sounds like I'd be better off taking my own gels and to rely on what's available on the day 

thanks for the swift response!

25/07/2013 at 20:02

Hey gang, good evening one and all

Just been packing for the Thunder Run expedition, holy hell have got to be organised for this baby. 3 Garmins charged, 7 prs shorts/ 9 tops/6 sports bras/ 10 prs socks/enough food/gels to get us all around Snowdonia marathon, plus 4 headtorches. May need a truck to take it all. Plan is still to just keep plodding for 24 hrs but have had to pack stuff just in case I have to quit.

Thanks for best wishes my friends, I will carry them with me around my biggest 'outside of the comfort zone' event so far

25/07/2013 at 22:51

Good luck Brer - irony that Catton Hall is about 8 miles down the road from where I live, and I'll be in Keswick this weekend!  Loads from our club going ... look for the Peel tent - you'll be made most welcome 

Having had a "sabbatical" from running for three weeks due to work and stuff, finally got back into it this week and pleased to say that the rest might have done me a bit of good.   Don't feel as though I've lost much fitness, which is a relief.   Now need to start upping mileage into double figures 

26/07/2013 at 07:23
Good luck Brer! Go Girl! Just enjoy it

Legs not too bad here, managed a few short plods since Saturday, the cooler weather definitely much appreciated!
26/07/2013 at 08:24

brer ipod ( or iplod for me) a bit of music may help if it the going gets tough. 

MovingAlong    pirate
26/07/2013 at 15:12

Is anybody looking for a place for this? (Un)Fortunately due to my wifes due date I'm out so happy to do an official transfer.

I've also got 2 nights book at a Travelodge about 6 miles away that could transferred.

If interested probably best to email me - greg_bowie AT

Best of luck to everyone - hope the training is going well! 

26/07/2013 at 20:02
Brer good luck my mad mate!!

Chimney like the look of that baby !!
26/07/2013 at 20:39

Just been to register and get that stuff out of the way but came home for a decent night's kip rather than camp there tonight. I am now just going to treat it as a jaunt, weather looking a bit rubbish so I just need to cover marathon distance before I quit to hit number 11 of 2013 target

Chrissi..have iplod ready just in case nothing else can get me motivated.

Cheers Panad and TR41....let battle commence at 12 noon tomorrow!

Sorry to hear about folks not being able to take part in the little jolly around Snod, see you next year instead

26/07/2013 at 20:40

Sorry SD, hi-how are you matey? Hoping to catch up with Run Boy tomorrow!

Camlo    pirate
26/07/2013 at 23:07

Good Luck Brer, you should be OK, is the weather forecast that rubbish? 

Yippee to setting course records and upping the mileage everyone but Boo to having to drop out of stuff (even if the reason is a new baby!). Not sure I could eat a scabby horse under any circumstances although I have just left a container of unwashed raspberries out and hubby ate them without looking- complete with grubs. 

Sciatica is better but have been taking things steady anyway as creaking and cracking a fair bit! Bought a new bike today in the hope some cross training may help. Not impressed that SNOD give out gels - would rather have chocolate on route after buggering London with toilet stops as a result of foolishly taking the gels on offer. 

27/07/2013 at 12:21

Morning All,

SD, After three weeks hopefully you won't notice a thing. Pretty much had a sabbatical from running for a year which did have the effect of letting some of the niggles improve. Completely ignored the Work yourself back in gently bit and crossed fingers the wheels haven't fallen off yet. Long run fitness still a bit poop, speed coming back. You'll be fine.

Britrisky, I tend to take my own gels, just easier.

MovingAlong, Commiserations & Congratulations in equal measure, see you next year, if you've caught up on your sleep by then......

TR41, gotta be done. a mile down a zip wire sounds like a good craic.

Camlo, so grubs are part of the 5-a-day then? Or just part of your hubby's? Going for a proper paleo diet?! Good to hear the sciatica is better. I really should get on my bike more often to do a bit of XT, won't hurt so much when I decide to do silly things again!

Did my double on Thursday, 6m in 49m in the morning, 5m in 45m in the evening. Forgotten how much the legs complain at first on the second run before they ease. Should do it once/twice a week, does seem to make a difference over time from memory.

No running yesterday, just walked the dogs for 4m and walked into town & back, about 2m.

Went out today for 4m, noted that tomorrow is 13m. Usually I'll jog the first half mile until I get to where I can let the dogs off the lead the other side of the golf course. I'd had to do a few sprints to avoid other dogs this morning (Foxy is of the Bite first then run away school of thought) and noted that the first half mile was at a pace of 7.9mph. Can't remember the last time I'd seen that.

As far as I was concerned consciously this was great and I'd just continue on with my planned run. I'd guess my subconscious was working on a different plan. At the mile mark I have to put the dogs back on leads to cross a road. Saw I was now at an average of 8.2mph, last seen in August last year at a parkrun. Given I'd been on lumpy grass tracks for most of that 1st mile, I was quite impressed. As I set off again, the subconscious was starting to take over. Another half mile and another road crossing. Average still 8.2. The next half mile is a 1/3 - 2/3 split track & tarmac. Average now 8.3. And then the flat ends, followed by the just over a mile climb up to the common, in act it's about 1.1m. You can see where I'm going now. My little brain was wondering, " Hmm, wonder what I can do the 5k in......".

As it happens, I could do it one minute off my PB for Newbury ParkRun. Really quite impressed, especially given the terrain and ascent I'd used. 2m to get home so just jogged, at 7.6mph, massively faster than I should have gone. Just what was in my food last night?

Now for the problem. Yep, very happy with the speed, not surprised the legs are feeling a bit used at the moment. But really wished I hadn't looked at the wrong week. Allegedly 18m tomorrow not 13. 13 is next week.....


28/07/2013 at 18:41

I'm back...and am broken My first ultramarathon 24 hr event was fantastic, scary and varied..mainly due to the weather. The 10 km circuits through the forest were very pleasant until the thunder, lightning and rain hit Thunder Run 24. After that, it was a battle for survival or just give up as many people did I believe.

I managed 11 laps-68 miles and came 6th lady. Am trashed beyond anything I've ever known mainly because of the conditions however as 12 laps was my target, I am pleased. I did have 40 mins to spare where I could have headed off to do another lap before the mid day finish today however I had no kit left that would have got me round. All 5 prs of trainers were absolutely beyond use and anyway, I couldnt face the mud again Chimney, I believe it will be a competition this week as to whose legs are feeling most used and abused

28/07/2013 at 18:47

Well done Brer you are an inspiration !


28/07/2013 at 20:48

Cheers Nurse Gladys, you are very kind. I'm going to bed now as am hallucinating about lightning

28/07/2013 at 20:57

Chimney- nuts, but well done on the speed

Talking of nuts... well done brer- you looney! LOL!

I got Friday's missed 5.7m run done this morning before marshalling at Tenby 10k- great turn out- must have been 500 runners. Spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach in Tenby with the family in the sun. What a change this evening!! Almost cancelled tonight's run cos of the monsoon conditions, but it let up so I risked it.... Got 8.14m done and got home just before the heavens opened again- never seen rain like it either!!! PHEW- lucky escape No long run today as my schedule starts on a Sunday (although I don't...) and it is a RECOVERY WEEK. Due to mismatch between my week and the schedule week, this week's mileage is a bit less and next week's (with the LR) will be a bit more... Weekly stats: 92.47m in 11.49.28 (7.40 av)

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