Stockholm Marathon 2011

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17/01/2011 at 14:39
Since I couldn't find a Stockholm 2011 thread I thought I'd start a new one.  Is anyone else planning on doing it? If so then why not share all your training trials and tribulations?
17/01/2011 at 23:25

Hi Greg, Ill be there seems a long way away now

21/01/2011 at 09:46
Hi Muzza, I think at this time of year I always end up worrying that I don't have much time left to get in shape but you're right it's still 4 months away.  But it's amazing how the time flies - espeically if the training isn't going great!  This'll be my virst visit to Scandinavia and I can't wait.
21/01/2011 at 10:45
Take lots of pennies... A pint of guinness cost me £9 a couple of weeks back !
21/01/2011 at 16:34

It will only be that price in the main places, I been to Tallinn, and Run Helsinki twice, Scandinavia is a nice place from what i have seen and I am looking forward to this one, will buy a bott of red in airport for when I finish race tho, couple pints and Ill be sorted!

Greg, its the time of year m8, always feel rubbish with xmas anti climax, I got Gloucester sunday and I aint 100% but will be good to see where I am. then 5 more mara's before Stockholm so will be marathon fit by then I hope!

27/01/2011 at 21:05

This is my first marathon and I am looking forward to it and terrified in equal measure!

I have downloaded a training program from Runnersworld for the 16 weeks prior to the run. You guys have any pros or cons/advice on following these?

27/01/2011 at 22:26

Karl, They are pretty good i would imagine, as long as you build slowly to a 20 miler about 3 weeks before you will be just fine, on the day it will be easy as long as you get the hard bit for it!

Have a listen to this, its great with some great tips and interviews, its a free podcast you can download from itunes etc

28/01/2011 at 20:58

Hey Greg, Muzza and Karl, I'll be toeing the start line as well for this one. Going to be spending a few days in Stockholm before checking out a few countries around it so it should be a relaxed run.

We should catch up for a pre- or post-race beer, although maybe not a Guiness at those prices....!

28/01/2011 at 22:42
Im running this but don't aririve till the Friday night so will be collecting my number till Saturday morning then 3 days recovery.Where are people staying?
29/01/2011 at 00:12
we fly friday am out of heathrow, will ask my m8 who booked us and find out, 4 of us going so a beer after sounds like a plan,
01/02/2011 at 14:43

There's two of us booked into the Globe Hotel for a few nights. I'll be arriving on the Thursday and flying back on the Tuesday.

Not long now until the start of the 16 week build up.  I'm following a mix of the FIRST training programme and the RW one and just substituted the tempo/speed sessions for my two weekly sessions with the running club.  This year I need to do more 20+ milers to really boost my endurance - I start off well but I have a habit of slowing down drastically towards the end. I should really be sub 4 hours but I struggle to get motivated for a 20-22 mile training run.  Anyway no more excuses!

01/02/2011 at 23:13

Greg, I am the same, 20-22s ahh god,  I just run a marathon a month or so then NO long runs over 13 in between, just shorter stuuff and lots of races, works really well for me and I am getting faster, definatly never suffer due to lack of endurance anymore. if anything I struggle in the middle, think I lack concentration but I always pick it up later on. you can see on here where I struggled last wk, wasnt hills so dunno what it was,BUT I will get to the bottom of it!

If you dont fancy that, try doing 8-12m at your marathon pace on Saturday and then your long run 1 min a mile slower than marathon pace the next day, that will make you very strong, just make sure you have recovery weeks every 3rd week, do same key session but less miles.

Its not about loading up the miles at our standard its about training smart, try x training as well to stregthen the weaker muscles than running doesnt. gives the body a rest from pounding to

16/02/2011 at 20:05
New start time of 11.30am
16/02/2011 at 22:23
Yeah I saw the email, you know what that means!!! more time for the pub afterwards!!!
17/02/2011 at 17:05
Yeah but I don't arrive till Friday night so don't even get a lie in!!
19/02/2011 at 13:52
You can sleep when ya dead m8
19/02/2011 at 17:59


08/03/2011 at 10:52

A message to Karl, you have made a great choice for your first marathon.

Last year was my first, and so far only, but the organisation was top class and from all accounts this is about the most picturesque city run you could have chosen.

You have probably already read about the dreaded Västerbron bridge, which you have to cross twice - the 2nd time at ~30 km and the approach I took and worked for me was to walk a little before and over it for that 2nd crossing.

 I followed a 16 week program, but for various reasons only managed 10 of those weeks and completed in under 5 hours and was ok to do a 10 km run on the Tuesday - so follow the program and you will be fine.

Just take it easy, take plenty of fluids and enjoy the day - finishing in the old olympic stadium is something very special.

14/03/2011 at 16:54
Hello I'm really looking forward to Stockholm, did VLM last year and I'm half Swedish so Stockholm my face city in the world. Beautiful but hoping it won't be too hot.

My friend didn't get a place as he was too disorganised...anyone know if you can buy places off people who drop out or should he just give up?

Good luck with the least spring is here now.
14/03/2011 at 18:04

Hi Hannah,

 You can keep an eye on where there may be places on offer - only one at the moment (and it is not cheap), but maybe closer to the day more will be available.

 Spring has not quite arrived in Stockholm yet, but at least it will be time to swap the treadmill for running outside on the road instead of ice!

 Good luck with getting the place and for the day.

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