Edinburgh Marathon

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19/05/2013 at 14:33

Hillheader thanks for the info re spectators. I forgot about 'relay' stations. Where on earth did you do a marathon that was sub zero??

19/05/2013 at 18:16

If you have not done a marathon with a relay before, they are a real pain. You have run 18 miles say, go past a relay station and some bloke with a smile and fresh legs zooms out and cruises past. Trip em up I say!  Cold marathon was at North Pole last month. -34 deg C. Ace!

Got my number now. 2688. White start.

19/05/2013 at 18:20

Well done Cbo. Glad you've had a good run. Half this running stuff is in the head I think. Confidence is a big plus. 

19/05/2013 at 18:22

That is crazy going- North Pole-but very impressive.


That was my exact thoughts re the relay. I will not cope well with fresh zippy things running out whilst I'm doing mental gymnastics to keep myself focused....Urrrgh. Think i'll go on the website now and find out where the little blighters will be....

19/05/2013 at 18:49

Thanks Hillheader for the heads up on travel for the finish.

20/05/2013 at 10:12

Lothian buses.com has a good city route map  for the buses if anyone is staying in and around Edinburgh for a day or two.

20/05/2013 at 16:32
7.5 miles yesterday as the last of my sunday runs are over (except 1).
My pace is still not good,I try and run slower than my race pace but end up running 50 seconds a mile quicker.
I really hope that I can manage to control myself on Sunday and not go of too fast.
Hope your all well and looking forward to it after all our training.
20/05/2013 at 17:13

This time next week it will all be over -one way or another- ..


I was looking into electrolyte replacement as 10 yrs ago I did ( to date my only) half marathon. Was perhaps a little under weight at the time, hadn't carb loaded and it was a unusual scorching hot day. I drank only water and couldn't eat a thing afterwards- end result I ended up collapsing after a few hrs or more drinking water and no food etc. Classic ,but unknown error on my part, of drinking too much water and not replenishing salts. Therefore, I have just found the following site ( in Runners world magazine this month), and have ordered some 1000mg tablets for the day ( I sweat a lot)...



I am certainly anything BUT underweight these days ( 2 kids later), will be carb loading, but thinki it will be handy having a few of these tabs in my runners belt just in case.


Any one else had experience of these or the 'Zero' tablets??

Planning on running Tuesday and Thursday this week, just not sure of distance/intensity yet.....


20/05/2013 at 18:24

Cbo, I also sweat a lot and suffer in the heat. There is a well known danger of too much water and little salt (hyponatremia). This can be fatal in extreme cases as you will have heard. I use the zero tablets a lot for training (when don't need energy). I also use nuun which is similar. On ultras I find that energy drinks are difficult to keep down so use these tablets in water to get the hydration and to aid in ingesting energy gels and other food (Washing them down). The other stuff that is great to stop cramps are a product called Succeed tablets. Essentially various salts in a pill form for swallowing. Sounds similare to the h2o product in your link.  

All said, don't experiment before or during the race. 

Bunged up with a cold now. Hoping to shift it by end of week. 8 mile run yesterday but probably no more running till Sunday. 

20/05/2013 at 19:06

Keeping a close eye on the weather now and have been for a few days. I'm pretty sure it's pointless looking at weather forecasts a week in advance but whatevs. Was forecasting a high of 14°C a few days ago. Now down to 11°C. Chance of rain was 0% yesterday, went up to 60% this morning and now showing at 20%. 

So yeah, pretty pointless looking so far out. I'd definitely take a cloudy 11°C with the occassional shower right now though.

20/05/2013 at 19:19

Thanks Hillheader. I had never heard of hyonatremia until a few years ago when I started running again and put 2 and 2 together. It wasn't a pleasant experience and quite scary that it put me off running anything like a marathon for a long time. Even after I completed Paris for a few hrs afterwards I was so nervous something was going to happen like that. I'm quite lucky I have a stomach as strong as steel. I can drink literally anything ( that must be the Scottish genes right there)  and I'm fine so I never worry about anything tasting disgusting or giving anything a go...

Mankinduk- I've been looking at BBC weather, which said 17 deg ;-(....

21/05/2013 at 11:31

Hi All, hope everyone is fit and healthy?!?!

Race pack finally arrived so thank feck for that  I'm not moaning in case I get a telling off from Hillheader  but now also got a stinking cold so no more running for me until Sunday either! Foot's not any better either (it's actually worse) but at least it's still attached to my leg so I can still run!

Dave - how's it going? Glad you got your pack too! I wold have thought for the cost of our entries we would have got it first via courier service!! Anyway re my time, no idea mate, just going to wait and see on the day. The aim of doing this again was to justify to myself that I could do least under 4 but if I feel up to it on the day I'll go for sub 345 as trained for London. Definitely going off conservativley to see how foot is and then will pick it up after a few miles if I'm up to it, just going to take it easy and enjoy the day! 330 is going to have to wait until next year....

Re ipods, I'll be wearing mine. Didn't wear it at VLM and I so wanted it to drown everyone out after mile 14 so I could dissappear into my own wee world. I know I'm not supposed to say things like that as its not PC in the running world but this Marathon's for me so I want to be completely in my zone for the full 26.2 miles! I know they're banned but I have done the 1/2 3 or 4 times and cheered the Marathon also and their were more people wearing them than not (once the superfast were past) I also suffer from really bad Tinnitus and the music helps with my condition. But until such times that the organisers start really cracking down on it if it is in their rules and start taking their rules seriously, I wont either (cue abuse! don't care, not having the debate here )

PS - I listen to quality Italo house on my ipod when running definitely not Robbie and Beyonce

PPS - Gary - slow down

PPPS - CBO - hope you're feeling better, your posts always cheer me up!

21/05/2013 at 13:56

Hello All!

I've just decided that I'll run after having seen a physio yesterday who thinks I just have soft tissue pain rather than a stress fracture.

I save my music/audiobook til after mile 21 when the going gets tough. It gives me a real boost. Nobody has ever told me off for it and I think in a lot of marathons the field is more sparse by that point or rather spread out and I don't think it is so much of a problem. I have in honesty encountered problems with runners who have earphones in weaving right into me and seen chaos caused by them, but as people say so many runners use them during races that I think the proportion of inconsiderate users must be less than 1% and it is a shame that using music has such a bad rep. Maybe it's a volume thing? All I know is it really bloody helps in those grim last miles. Having said that I ran Manchester last month and the last 5 miles were a joy. Who knew?!

21/05/2013 at 13:58


Just wanted to say that reading through this thread has put me in a really good place going into Sunday. Ive done 90% of my training on my own (poor me)  but can see that Sunday is going to be full of people with the same attitude so thanks!

I hope you all get the time you want and that the weather plays nice on the day.

Good luck to you all.

See you all at the finish line!

21/05/2013 at 14:54

hiya everyone,

I too am looking at the weather forecast like an obsessed fool, and check every site until I find one that I like!!!. can't believe that it can vary sooo much from one site to another!  don't know why I keep checking either cos what will be will be and we are going to run anyway!  think its something to keep me occupied with all this taper lark.  Glad to hear most injuries seem to be clearing up, I am really excited now and just can't wait for the day.  see you all there

21/05/2013 at 15:54

Hi Guys

Had a bad week last week, I was on call and busy so ended up missing a midweek 5M easy run and my 3M easy run on Saturday. I was away down south visiting family the weekend but managed to get up early Sunday morning and run along the canal and got 10 miles in. That made me feel a bit better and did some fartlek training this morning that has put a bit of a zip back. Easing off now until Sunday....Good luck everyone!

21/05/2013 at 20:36
BRING IT ON !!!! (In caps i know).
everyone on this forum must meet at the finish and have a celebratory drink.
If the fast ones don't mind waiting for the slow ones. lol
I will be in shorts and a t-shirt and covered in sweat.

May the force be with you on the 26th.
(That was from my son Jack)
21/05/2013 at 21:03

Talking of having a pint Gary. Anyone fancy doing the Edinburgh 26 double. That's 26 miles of the marathon followed by the 26 pubs in the Good Beer Guide (naturally not all on Sunday night!) Actually there are only 25 but stick in the Gothenburg pub at Prestonpans, which is a belter, and you've got the magical number.

That my friends is when you hit the wall, literally.

If anyone is staying in Edinburgh over the Bank Holiday see you in Oxford Bar (famous for Rebus) just off Princes Street Monday afternoon.





21/05/2013 at 21:23

To earn 26 pints, you should really do a "hairy". That is do the half marathon followed immediately by the full. There is just enough time to get back from the finish half. I haven't done this by the way!

21/05/2013 at 23:11

Might be easier to skip the running and go straight to the pub!

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