Is anyone doing an autumn marathon and wants to share the ups and downs of the training over the summer.
I've just completed the Edinburgh Marathon and was delighted to do a PB of 3.52 and would like to keep up the fitness and see if I can improve my time.
I haven't entered yet and infact haven't even decided which one to do.
My current thoughts are Snowdon, Dublin, Nottingham or Amsterdam.
I'm running Beachy Head in October. Hills hills and more hills. I just wish my legs wanted to run more than 4 miles right now.
Was s'posed to run for 60 mins today but didn't.
22 miles - wish I could run 22 miles again. Well maybe not hmmm.
I did Beachy Head last year as my first Autumn marathon. As someone who sweats for England my main concern was completing long runs in warm weather but this didn't turn out to be too bad - more than offset by the benefit of being able to run on pleasant, long evenings. I found the Summer schedule of shorter races particularly useful for keeping sharp and tracking progress.
Also the weather on race day is less likely to throw you. The danger with races like London or other Spring marathons is that they come on one of the first warm days of the year, and having done most of your training in the cold and dark it can come as a bit of a shock.
Good point PhilPub re the weather - I've found in the past if you train during the warmer months by the time you get to the Autumn you'll be racing your marathon in cooler weather.
Having missed the boat for Abingon I've decided to go back and do the Isle of Wight again in October - a tough run, but brilliantly organised and with a small field you're not spending all of your time running around people like London! I've also plumped for a winter marathon in Luton in December - I've figured that nine weeks between this and IOW should be enough time to recover. With Luton being the flatter course this one is my priority, and IOW may end up being a long training run.
IoW hilly? Have you ever been there? Very gently undulates. Nothing to scare you. I think enough to keep you interested.
Greensand, if I am right is in Surrey - north downs.
I'll remember your words on the IOW when I get to twenty-something miles again Bikermouse!!! I suppose the IOW is tough and undulating compared to a race like London! However, in terms of organisation IOW is great, and I think there was only 200 or so runners last year, which meant it got a bit lonely at the end of the race. The one thing that made me feel a bit special is that you could give them your own drinks bottles to be placed at drinks stations on the course, just like the elite runners at London!
Richard - I don't know what the course is like at Abingon, but it looks like entries are closed already and there's a bit waiting list to take any dropout places.
I'm narrowing down the field to:
Beachy Head - sounds a great course if tough, but a long way to travel. Could stay with friends in Brighton.
IoW - not quite as hilly, good value price, easy to get in but a long trip from Sheffield. Nice ferry trip.
Snowdon - tough course, a classic challenge, but the weather has been awful the last couple of years. Also have friends in Rhos-on-Sea.
I've decided that a marathon abroad is a bit extravagent this year, but do fancy a few of them in future years.
Might have to get out for an easy five miles this afternoon and mull over the options.
Richard, I'm doing Amsterdam in October - also got a PB this year (VLM) and looking to get my time down (well done by the way!).
I love summer training because I always feel happier in the sunshine, and when it rains it's refreshing rather than chilling to the bone... running in the heat is quite tough, but come autumn when it starts to cool down you can really feel the increase in fitness.
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