Yorkshire marathon 2013

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09/09/2013 at 15:35

ha ha. Cheers Tiny, half yorkshireman I still doff my cap all the same  as its all off road isnt it? My legs are pretty sore to be fair, and its raining now, so it may very well be a jog to the shops for a pint of milk and back for me tonight.  Ive got a 10k on the canal at speed pencilled in for tomorrow anyway, as ill be out on the lash tomrrow night for a mates birthday + £1.30 happy hour pints = no running on wednesday.

09/09/2013 at 16:38

NSGNR - big well done on the PB .

SKD thanks for asking, it's an amazing event it has just about everything, plenty of tasty hills, plus long down hills that mash your legs, trail, canal paths and the last few miles are all road.

the scouts at the checkpoints keep you well fed with quite a banquet.

my Garmin measured it at 56.90 miles so not that far off, time was 10.09 and sneaked in joint 3rd place.

rest day today while I learn to walk again.

09/09/2013 at 16:48

well done on weekend races Tiny, Skd, NSGNR, Jonah and others

Sean, I really feel for you and understand, I had a similar experience the week before last. The changes I then made for last week thanks to forum members advice was to run at 1+minute over my planned marathon pace for 14 miles, then gradually built it up over next 2 miles then 2 miles at mp. It really worked and was a huge boost to my confidence. Other thing was taking adequate water, though not easy to carry. I rationed myself to 500ml per 6 miles which meant I had enough. Also gels and dextrose tablets. I use high 5 too. I only need one driver to come too close, a dog to chase me or a trip to happen to throw me off for the run. I have to run slower, and give myself a talking to to continue. Walking is fine and you did the miles. So well done! I think someone put a motivational piece on here about getting to the start line. I saved it somewhere so will look it up and repost it. We learn so much from our hard runs don't we but it is hard

09/09/2013 at 16:50

here it is:



 "When you stand on the Start Line, you join the club. When you stand at the Starting Line you earn your membership. Millions dream of being where you are. You are no longer a dreamer. You are a doer.

Thousands more started a training programme but never finished. They started with the same enthusiasm (or more than) you. They started with more or less the same physical gifts or disadvantages as you did. They had no more and no less reason to be successful than you.

But somewhere along the way, they lost that enthusiasm. Somewhere on the road or on the track or treadmill, they decided that the rewards just weren't worth the effort. They decided that they could live without finding their limits, without challenging their expectations of themselves and without taking a hard look at their image of themselves.

You didn't. If you’re standing at the Start Line, you've not only accepted the challenge, but you've also beaten back the demons. You've conquered your imagination and self-imposed limitations. You've gone further, got stronger and become tougher than you ever imagined.

Edited: 09/09/2013 at 17:15
09/09/2013 at 17:02

Cheers Lilly. Very inspiring words, ill get them laminated or something, and hang them above the shoe cupboard. Ha ha.


I was wearing a camelback so hydration definitely wasn’t an issue. I think it was just one of those days where the head wasn’t completely right and my mind talked me out of it. Hey ho. The maxi-muscle gels were vile too.


Just canvassing opinion here , but as I’ve just mentioned I’ve been wearing my camel back for training and am just thinking about whether to wear it for the big day or not?  Anyone else pondering this? To be fair its super comfortable and helps me with the gels (1 part water , 1 squirt gel), but I’m worried that at 20 miles plus it might become something of a millstone around my neck. hmmmm

09/09/2013 at 19:04

Sean, when you try High 5 gels, there are two types. energy gel in a yellow 'tube' and Isogel In blue. Both have a version with caffeine if you like the extra boost. I prefer the isogel as they are thinner consistency and don't need to be taken with water. 

09/09/2013 at 20:13

Evening All

It's been a while since I've been on this forum, so hope everyone is well.

Sean - Personally I wouldn't wear a camel pack for a marathon as there are plenty of water/lucozade stops during the race. I am just wearing a belt that I can attach gels to, about 3 or 4.

Also high5 gels are definitely the best.



09/09/2013 at 21:08

My camelbak has arrived! I've filled it with water and jiggled around the house for a while. My wife thinks I'm absolutely mad! The water does slosh around so I wonder what that will be like when running. I plan to give it a trial run in the morning.

Sean - sorry tht your run didn't go so well. Your post had me in stitches though... I also know that grumpy feeling when things are not going right, and i've had runs like that too. Glad you didn't actually push anyone in the canal though!

Jonah - did you really run 56.9 miles? That is just amazing... Third place too. Brilliant! 

Tiny - thanks for there recovery advice. My legs feel surprisingly okay today, so it must have had a positive effect. I'd be interested to know how often and when you use recovery runs.

Born again - Can you tell me the difference between an isogel and an energy gel? I thought was just getting the hang of this fuelling business! All i know is i've bought the blue one!

Lily - thanks for the motivational piece. Love it!

Thanks all for the congratulations. Have a great week of running! 

09/09/2013 at 21:15

Northern Gazza - realise we have the same pen picture. Great minds think alike! I'm probably ready for a change so may update mine soon. 

09/09/2013 at 21:29

Gosh we have been busy.

Jonah, great result, 56.9 miles off road, awesome in 10 hours, you deserve the checkpoint treats..

High 5, I use the yellow ones, sticky and gooey, get them down must have water with them, I bought a boxful so just got used to tolerate them, for the effect, can't say I like them. Isogels more watery, thinner didn't do it for me. Never tried the versions with caffeine.

On runs I hate irresponsible dog owners who think being miles away, when there mut runs up to you, starts barking, that's OK, apparently. I do like bird watchers and fishermen, I run on the banks of the River Humber.



09/09/2013 at 21:39

As skd says, the yellow gels are thicker, the blue ones thinner in consistency but bulkier to carry. Both contain 23g of carbs. Think it's just down to personal preference. 

09/09/2013 at 22:13

NSGNR.  The tip with bladders are once you have filled them up squeeze the remaining air out and hey presto no sloshing about.

I normally use SIS gels but at weekend I used Clif gels, they are much thicker but bloody hell they don't half hit the spot 

10/09/2013 at 08:51

Ive gone for the thinner high5 isogels. Box of 20 is £14.95 on amazon at the moment so you cant sniff at that. Its the thicker gloopier gels that kill my stomach, so hopefully these should fare better with my pipes. ha ha.

10/09/2013 at 17:58

Thanks for clarification on gels, Born again and skd. I think I will stay with the isogel's, as I tolerated it well the other day.

Tried my new camelbak on a 10mile run this morning. We got off to a difficult start (the bladder fell out because I hadn't put it together properly and various straps/ tube were in the way!) but once I figured out where everything should go it was super. I hardly noticed I was wearing it and I loved the drinking tube, which is much easier to use than a bottle. I'm a definite convert - I only wish that I had bought a 2l version rather than the 1 1/2 l one. Jonah - thanks for the tip. No sploshing at all! 

10/09/2013 at 19:58

Hi all. Well done on all the miles and achievements. I'm very impressed. I have just finished my first full week without running for....hmmm can't remember! I hate it! Doctors tomorrow and hopefully a slow return and mileage ramp up. With £600 on my Macmillan mydonate page I really want to make sure I both start and finish this...just to chip in, on my long runs I was using 500ml of water or lucozade lite plus one Hi5 very 6 miles. M

11/09/2013 at 11:06

Good morning everyone. A very busy couple of weeks for me where I've had to squeeze my runs in between parenting and DIY!

I did a slow 5 mile and a steady 8 miles last week before a 15 mile LSR on Monday (it was a DIY Sunday!). I really felt my legs towards the end of the 15 but looking back at my exersions over the weekend, I'm not suprised.

I've started to introduce the High 5 gels into my runs and so far, there haven't been any problems. So far, so good.

I'm on target to get a 20 mile LSR under my belt before the event.

On another note, I've just been looking at the route the marathon takes and it looks as though the last half a mile or so is on Green Dykes Lane which is a very steep hill. If this is the case, it'll be an extremely tough finish to the run.

11/09/2013 at 15:12

Yep Liam, Green Dykes Lane is steeeep. (Well, a steep hill by York standards) Really mean of the route planners, I'm not looking forward to that bit. Having said that, once I'm at that hill, I'll know the end is just round the corner, and hopefully I'll be on a high.

Might head out to the country section this weekend and do a bit of a recce run. 

11/09/2013 at 17:22

how are things Muckles? Hope improving. Hi Liam, training seems to be going well. Hill at the end? Can't believe it!

Confusing e-mail about booking p and r tickets, priority to runners, then spectators after 8.30?! I rely on my team to keep me calm and hold my stuff, don't want to be separated from them but understand runners must go first....I went on the website and saw the scary countdown of something crazy like 38 days to go.....

11/09/2013 at 17:39

Good running peeps!.

Green dykes lane at 26ml is steep I've been doin hill repeats on it, it was closed a while back & i found running up the middle, it's the easiest way, 90 secs max & ur done. Don't forget the little bugger hill around 12ml. 

Lil - ridiculous that there isnt Parking at start/finish & to charge for the bus! Cheeky!. Another suggestion wud be to park around the area on a street & either walk or catch a taxi to the start. I could suggest some streets nearby if u went with that idea. 

19ml for me tomoz running on the Route. :0) happy running! 

11/09/2013 at 18:14

Hi everyone, been lurking around and thought I would make an appearance.  Looking forward to York (even though the parking arrangements are more complicated than usual as I usually have a wife and two kids in tow).  On the gel front I have ordered a box of the Lucozade gels to see how they go down/get used to them before the day.

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