Follow Wardi as he trains for a sub-3:00 marathon
well done Neil. 15 minute pb!
Well done Glenda
Gavin- Gutted for you reference the random cramping. Had a look at your pace graph and thought something nasty must have happened. Will you have another crack at a mara this year?
Glenda- Fantastic effort... and there was me imagining perfect conditions down under!
Anyone know anything about post marathon headaches? One came on last night and has crippled me for the last 12 hours. Have drunk plenty (water) and eaten normally.
There's two possible thoughts.
1- You'll be hydrated again by now. Careful on the neat water: go for dioralyte for the salt replacements, or possibly salt tablets. Ditto careful with alcohol.
2- This has happened to me once. We hammered the pace out on Sunday, so your cerebelum may have banged about inside your cranium and got slightly bruised. It's just a fleshy pulpy lump inside a goldfish bowl and got a fair shaking when shrunken (dehydrated). In my instance I was told that the likely bruising was basically a headache, and a few ibuprofen helped the swelling from the bruising. That was me. I can take ibuprofen with impunity. Your choice.
Phil. I'm thinking of doing Wolverhampton Marathon on Sept 7th (Fairly local) or Robin hood on 14th to try to get sub3 and apply for good for age for FLM in 2009. I hope your head feels better soon.
Has anyone run either Wolverhampton or Robin Hood? Which would be better for a good time?
Other option is Abingdon on October 19th but I think this is too late for good for age application. There are no details on website yet for good for age entry for 2009, but it is normally around middle of october I think.
Wardi. I had not suffered from cramp until April 13th. Have done 3 marathons and 5 (maybe 6) HM's between 1:23PB and 1:30 in last 3 years and never had a problem. Never had cramp in training. I just don't know what happened. I will be back next year, but good for age is best chance of getting in I think.
Ex-Pat Scot. Sorry to hear that you had similar problems with cramping. Are you going to give it another go next year?
My legs and aches are the worst ever. I seem to have picked up Buster Martin's 94 or 101 year old legs after the race, plus hamstring, foot and achilles injuries. I couldn't break 10 hours if I had to do it again tomorrow.
re headaches - I'm sure it's just a dehydration effect and would have gone now - see your doctor if not.
re cramp - again probably just a dehydration side effect and the combination of pace and rain may have made it worse.
re Wolverhampton and Robin Hood.
I think Robin Hood is slightly easier but not a huge amount in it. I did Wolverhampton - 2 laps - no major hills but certainly undulating. I enjoyed the race. Robin Hood is also two laps, first lap as per the half, but think the second lap is easier and flatter. I did the half a few times. Certainly a more interesting course.
Thanks Steve. I think Robin Hood sounds better. I have not done the half there so am not sure what first lap would be like but it has got championchip timing unlike Wolverhampton so that may be better for FLM good for age entry.
Steve- Reassured to hear you are suffering aches and pains... makes us mere mortals feel better.
Blisters- Headache has subsided, I think you were right with the dehydration.
Was funny meeting you on Sun.... Have spent the last 2 months glued to the forum, relaying details about forum characters to my long suffering other half. It dawned on me that I had become a little obsessed, when I told my friends and family about meeting this bloke called 'Blisters' a good half an hour before I mentioned passing Gold medalist Olympian James Cracknel.
Gavin- Glad to hear your sights are already searching for the next target. Really enjoyed the Robin Hood Half!
Wardi- How did your other half get on?
Well done guys. I bumped into Blisters and Phil along the way and then met Wardi and a very happy Blisters at the end. Like Wardi I just missed out my sub-3, with a 3:04 (but still a 7 min PB). Being laid up with a cold in the run up probably did for my chances. But considering I was in bed and not going to run 24 hours before the race I am actually pretty chuffed with my time, although I am now just about the slowest of the members of the sub-3 forum!
Planning my next one already. As I have a GFA place already I think I'll do Abingdon. I ran Nottingham last year. The1st half of the course is excellent. A few hills (4, at miles 2, 4, 6 and 8-9), but great support and a good run, with a lovely slightly downhill 4 miles back to the finish. But then 13,000 of the 14,000 runners head for the finish line and the 2nd half is lonely and long. It is dead flat, but not all on smooth road. About 3 miles is on a gravel path, and if it gets windy (which it did last year) then the 2-3 miles round the rowing lack at Holme Pierrepoint is hellish.
Congratulations on the forthcoming marriage Wardi. It was nice to briefly meet your lady over a plate of Heinz, and I hope that my energetic tribe didn't destroy your romatic meal out, or worse still put you off kids altogether.
And now, to continue to collect my own charity pledged dosh.
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