Edinburgh Marathon

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31/05/2013 at 22:46

Just entered next year. That Early Bird offer only lasting a week is tantamount to blackmail...!

01/06/2013 at 07:05

Well done everyone for getting round, I was amazed by the number of walking wounded, just shows what a monumental effort and achievement it is. my first marathon and I set a sub 4hr target. Getting to Edinburgh was quite tiring as I live near Exeter but what was worse was picking up a cold with 2 days to go. On the day I guard a lovely grey complexion and felt as rough as. I decided to go vote 4 hrs but slow down if it wasn't working out, the heat was scaring me too. I got to 10k in 50, did 13 miles in 1:50 and felt pretty good. Getting to 20 miles was ok but the follows I g 2 miles were covert hard. The run in was tough too, cramps hovering in my thighs waiting to strike, but being close to home and being a stubborn Yorkshireman got me to the end. Great support throughout but especially valuable over the last 6 miles. And the last half a mile was amazing. I crossed the line in 3:54:31 so was really really chuffed because I now don't have to do it again. And I managed to sprint past Scooby Doo 100m before the end - always a personal target when I run. Good luck to everyone in their next venture.

01/06/2013 at 10:13

Brilliant effort Nick, well done!!! It wasn't ideal conditions and being sick you did really really well!! Stubborness and bloddymindedness really helps in Marathon running!!


02/06/2013 at 13:31

I was feeling a little bit emotional and very inspired catching up on all your updates and marathon war stories from 23rd May onwards (first time i've had internet access since i flew into Edinburgh from Dubai for EMF weekend), and then I came across Elliot's engagement story and almost blubbed!  Congrats!

Wonderful tales from you all.  Just superb.  I did the Half and had an utterly marvellous experience - fantastic spectator support and great positive attitudes from any other runner I shared chat with on the course.  I've registered for the EMF Half 2014, but am waiting to see how the VLM ballot goes and the outcome may alter my EMF event choice...

Love the fact that the Half follows much of the same route as the Full, so I can empathise with your tales up to the 11mile point, and of course the Finish line experience too.

Think you'll continue with this thread for next year?  I really have felt so engaged with your Marathon journeys, I don't want the stories to end!

02/06/2013 at 19:45

Sounds like most people had a tough race. I was aiming for a sub 3:05 but alas it was not to be. 7 miles in i could feel that something was not right, and by mile 12 my knees gave way and i ended up hobbling the remaining 14 miles.  crossed the line in 4:11 but i was happy  to at least get across the line. bring on next year i say.

09/06/2013 at 22:38

My first marathon and I have to admit I enjoyed every step of the first 23 miles, the last three miles were possibly the worst experience of my life though. Every step hurt, I threw up and I was making noises that I didn't even realise were coming from me!!! I finished in 4:03:05 and although it was painful, I have already booked in for next year and registered for the Manchester marathon 4 weeks beforehand. . Hope to be sub 4hrs so any advice would be more than appreciated.

Thanks to the organisers and stewards at Edinburgh, fantastic day.


14/06/2013 at 15:26

Im Looking to make the step up from half to full marathon and have been looking at the Edinburgh 2014 marathon. Finished my 1st half (GNR)  in 2:00:13 and im on target for 1:50:00 ish this year judging by my times in training. 

My next half is in september. When should i start with a structured training plan for the full marathon? Do i continue through the winter months with a structured plan or just keep a steady weekly average and training plan at the start of 2014? 


Any advice for a first timer would be hugely appreshiated as i anticipate 26.2 is a mean animal in comparison to a half

15/06/2013 at 12:37

Start around 18-20 weeks in advance if you can only get a 16week program then just plan to finish it early and repeat the last few weeks so you get 5 instead of 3 long runs if possible.

But if you loose the odd week or two due to injury or whatever... then you can still get the 16 core weeks of training in.

17/06/2013 at 20:50

James, like you, I took the step up from the half marathon. I was doing my halfs between 1hr 41 - 1hr 45 but slowed the pace right down for my Marathon training. I work shifts so couldn't really stick to a proper training schedule but just kept gradually upping my distances, maybe doing each distance 4-5 times over a 3 week period with some shorter, faster runs in between before upping my distance by about 1.5 to 2 miles at a time. I didn't get the chance to do all the fartlek training etc that is meant to push you on but I wasn't out to break any records so the training worked for me! Hope all goes well.


17/06/2013 at 21:22

James: the thing that helps load is the slow long Sunday runs upto maybe 21 miles get your body used to that and then the extra 10k is easy

18/06/2013 at 09:09

Booktrunk, have to agree, I was up to 20.5 miles which I ran a good few times before the big day. Although I crashed and burned in the last 3 miles I think this was more down to bad management of my fluid intake (too much water, gels and zero tabs)! However, I still finished in a reasonable time (for me) so the training worked.


18/06/2013 at 10:16

19/06/2013 at 19:57

Thanks for all the advice guys. Im looking.forward to the step up in distance

02/10/2013 at 13:46

Having failed in the ballot for London, I've signed up for Edinburgh 2014. Thought I'd check out this thread for thoughts, comments etc from the 2013 event.

Really looking forward to it and upping the training over winter.

The plan is to go for 3:45 having clocked up 4:17:45 in London back in April... a big, big challenge but I want to put it out there to make sure I don't lose focus.

Here's to a few drams after 26.2 - slainte!  

02/10/2013 at 16:00
HI Camberwell
I too failed for the London Marathon 2013.
I entered the Edinburgh marathon and had the best time of my life.
The crowds were fantastic,and the runners were so friendly.

Awesome experience.
03/10/2013 at 17:39

Hi Gary,

Great to hear - really looking forward to it - comments like that are making me look forward to it a lot.

London is my hometown but Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities to visit, so it feels like the natural alternative.

03/10/2013 at 20:02

edinburgh is a great run and contrary to some stories I've heard, it is well supported and a really great run.

10/10/2013 at 15:19

Another failure to get into the London Marathon so signed up for Edinburgh, my very first marathon as well so a little apprehensive.  The marathon route looks to be quite unsheltered for the most of it with only the first bit taking place in Edinburgh, is this correct?

10/10/2013 at 16:29

I was too late to apply for VLM - by 20 minutes! So I too have signed up for Edinburgh 2014. I am running it with my daughter - it will be her first marathon.  I ran ...er...plodded....VLM in April, and that was my first marathon. Now I can't imagine a year without a marathon to train for. Have you booked accommodation yet?

14/10/2013 at 14:05

Signed up for Edinburgh too, quite lucky in that I quite literally live round the corner from the start line.

From my experience with the GNR this year, I'd advise anyone who needs to to book accommodation as soon as they enter as it will get EXPENSIVE

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