Edinburgh Marathon

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27/03/2013 at 10:55

Well done Pip on your place.

Well done to Jane, Gary and all if you've managed to get out in the snow / cold / wind.

Gary - in the cold, you won't need much water so a powerade should be sufficient. 3:30 is a good long time out, but unless you are pushing at marathon pace, one or 2 gels probably enough. You are probably tired from the half - still a tough event, especially at race pace.

I also live high up and in Scotland, so lots of snow and big drifts. Much easier the last 3 days with lower winds. Did a 20 miler on Sunday which felt tough though. Hill session last night with club which felt great! Circuit training this afternoon (for primary school). Going to tempt fate by taking them on a run around the playing field to finish (in the snow). 28 miler planned for tomorrow (2 x 14 miles to and from work). Final long run before tapering to the 9th April North Pole Marathon.

27/03/2013 at 11:32

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27/03/2013 at 12:10


Im sure it was the half marathon that scuppered your long run!! I took a gel at 10 and another at 15 for my 20 miler and it felt okay! But i suppose everyone is different.



27/03/2013 at 12:18

I would only have 2 or possibly 3 gels on a training 20 miler.

My physio says that I can try a 1 mile run tomorrow so fingers crossed my leg is ok.  Hopefully I can pick up the training again next week and catch up on my lost 2.5 weeks.

I just booked my train tickets from London to Edinburgh.  The train up was ok, it let me book a seat but the train back wouldnt let me book, so I can imagine it will be chaos.  On a positive note, I am not restricted by a certain train so I can just get on the first one back.. and probably have sit in the toilet!

Very much looking forward to running again.  2 weeks off has been awful.

28/03/2013 at 12:56

Gaz, dont worry about the long run you didnt give yourself enough time to recover from the half mara.

Took me a week to recover properly from Stafford half a few weeks ago.

Keep it up it will be worth it ....trust me

Inbox me for advice etc

28/03/2013 at 15:19
A London Marathon runner on our forum.
Booooooooo Carbloader.

Only joking Dave
Cheers for the advice.
Speak soon.
28/03/2013 at 15:32

28/03/2013 at 15:58

me?  I'm not a London marathon runner any more thanks to that dog knocking me off my bike.

10 min run done today.  I can move up to 30 mins on Sat.  Not that many weeks ago, I was cruising at 20. Frustration...

28/03/2013 at 16:15
Hi PipG

No not you. I was just referring too Carbloader....
Well done you though on your comeback.

I went out on my bike yesterday and was cruising until I got yet another puncture, I was 11 miles from home and had all my spare inner tubes the lot...except my security wheel key.
So as you can imagine I was very upset at the prospect of pushing it all the way home .But hooray for parents with hatchbacks..
New tires on order, but I guess that's a different forum on a completely different website.

Looking forward to next week, when I am going to do that 20+ miler again.
This time though I will prepare properly.I'm not going to worry about time or pace, just a nice long run that's all.
28/03/2013 at 18:19

Hi guys and gals 

Just thought I'd stick my tenpenneth in. (Im 52 and never run a marathon before)

Planning to run my first 20 miler on sunday in training for Edinburgh and the sound of it scares me to death.

Already done 16, 17 and 18s - okish - but didnt believe I had too much left in the tank. Running them at 8.45ish pace when my aim is to break 4hrs. Maybe I should slow it down by 10 seconds a mile. Any advice greatly appreciated. 

Now upping distance to 20 just seems taking it to a new level. Someone told me I should be aiming to do three 20 milers in the run-up to the big one. Does everyone agree or should I be thinking of doing a couple of 20s plus a 21 or 22.

Cheers, best of luck everyone

28/03/2013 at 22:17

Roger I think that you really need to slow it down.  My plan has long runs at between 30secs and 1 min slower per mile.  If you want to break 4 hrs, you need to run at about 9mm pace?  Well your long runs should be no faster than 9m30 if you ask me.  If you run them all at race pace, you wont recover in time.  Your shorter runs should be faster, longer ones slower.

My plan has 4x 20 milers but they are each 2 weeks apart (I cant do that any longer as I've been injured... long story)

Personally, I wouldn't train over 20 miles.

30/03/2013 at 20:53

Hi everyone,

On transport - though the advertised bus stops are about 1 mile from the finish, back out on Pinkie Road (straight on through the astro football pitch, two minutes walk) you can pick up a 26 back to the city centre.  They're every 20 minutes and it'll cost you £1.50.  This is what I did after the half marathon last year.

Good luck to you all for the big day.  I'm not ready for marathons quite yet but a couple of people mentioned the Rock 'n' Roll as part of training; I'm booked in for this, so I might see you there!

01/04/2013 at 05:30
Hi Wohlf

I'm staying in between the start and finish.Is there anywhere near the finish where my wife can park the car?
And good luck for the Rock 'n' Roll.

Just had to invest in a new pair of shoes, I have gone for the asics Kayano so looking forward to trying them out.
01/04/2013 at 11:35

You are getting plenty of sold training in there Roger. Well done. Getting a run or two over 20 miles is useful, even just to know you can do it. Maximum of 22-23 miles is generally suggested.

Gary - I've been using the Kayano for many years now. Excellent shoe, but expensive!

I did my 28 last Thursday, then a 24 mile ski tour yesterday (11 hours on skis in the Cairngorms). Now taking it easy this week before next week's marathon.

Wohlf - Rock n' Roll should be good. I did it last year and was impressed. A tough course with several hills but great atmosphere and scenic route. Edinburgh marathon route is flatter but rather tedious by comparison. 


01/04/2013 at 14:36

Hello All

If anyone want to join me around Edinburgh for some long training runs let me know. I've lost my running buddy (his marathon is this weekend in Paris) so looking for a fellow marathon trainee for my 16-20 milers.

I'm aiming for 4hr30 but probably going to be hitting the under 5hours marker. Did a 26k run this weekend in 2hr50 to give you an idea of my speed. Its my first marathon so my priority is finishing injury free.

Let me know if you're in need of a training companion.

02/04/2013 at 16:01

Thanks ever so much for the advice PipG and Hillheader.

I managed 21 miles on Sunday in 8.52 pace which really pleased me. I tried running it at nearer 9 mins a mile but found it a struggle to keep my discipline to that pace. I recovered a lot quicker than when I ran 18 a couple of weeks earlier, which didn't make much sense. I think I could have actually run 26 there and then, hope that doesn't sound arrogant because it's not meant to and hope to goodness I havent peaked too soon which I'm now starting to worry about.

Running Blackpool half this sunday - my first competitive race - since i came last but one in my secondary school cross country aged 14. I'm running it with a pal and we are aiming for around 1hr 50.

Just one question if I run it hard over 13 which for me is around 8.20- 8.30 pace - could it be to the detriment of my marathon training and do more harm than good?

Hope everyone is staying injury free now the going is getting tough.



02/04/2013 at 20:18
Hi Everyone..

Not long now, 52 days I think.
Well done all on your long runs,I can't wait to get out for a long run this Sunday (And I'm not going to make the same mistake again).

The only thing that I'm a bit concerned with is my new shoes,I will have only ran 15 miles in them.Is that enough to break them in?
I suppose the Asics Kayano are not meant to be broken in??

Well done on your 16 mile run..2:50 is a good time.
Keep it up.

Well done also on your runs, your almost there already.
have a look at this link regarding race pace for the half in your prep.

One question from me, please send me your carbo-loading ideas.
Im confused over this topic,many web sites suggest 700g of carb per day.
If a pack of Ainsley Harriots contains 44g carbs,does this mean I have top eat approx 16 packs of rice a day?
I'm soooo Thick
02/04/2013 at 20:23
Hi everyone,

Had the cold and a few rubbish runs. A decent 13 miles tonight though, hoping to do my one and only 22 miler on Friday and then another 2-3 20 milers having already done an 18 and 2 20's.....want to be prepared!!!!!

Still not sure what is achievable for me. Running the long ones at about 9 min miles.
03/04/2013 at 05:17
Hi Janie

I have just got over a rotten cold too...(Man Flu )

Well done on your running,I wish I was at your standard.
I have found this for you.Hope it helps you find your goal.

05/04/2013 at 11:44

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to this forum and after some advice please. Edinburgh will be my first marathon - I'm excited but nervous!

I'm struggling to know what pace to aim for; currently my runs fluctuate anything between a 8:45 mile average to 10:00+ mile average depending on what kind of running day I'm having. My last couple of half marathon races have been around the 2 hour mark.

I'm not aiming for any specific time, just to finish! But I'm concious I don't want to start out too fast. I have a Garmin to help monitor my pacing.

Any advice greatly appreciated, thank you!

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