Lochaber Marathon 2012

discussion's about this years Lochaber Marathon

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16/10/2011 at 20:38
I've entered too. First time for this Marathon which sounds like a small and friendly race. After the utter chaos at Edinburgh in May, i vowed never to run there again. Got accomodation sorted and really looking forward to it.
19/10/2011 at 08:50

Love Fort William, normally camp there in July but think April might still be a bit chilly!!

Weather absolutely  awful here not inspiring training at all......

19/10/2011 at 09:24
I did Edinburgh too.  I thought it was all fantastic apart from the end, i would have done it again this year but something else on.
22/10/2011 at 12:05

Hi folks. Did my first marathon in Berlin in September and I am now looking for one to run in the spring. Paris would be the obvious choice but I think it would be very similar to Berlin in terms of scale and atmosphere. I fancy something different and Lochaber would seem to fit the bill? No airports to contend with either, just a nice 2 hour drive down from Elgin. Mmmm. Very tempting.....

28/10/2011 at 14:40

I am thinking of doing this one, but I am not a fast runner, pb is 4.46, I am not worried about being on my own or last (been there done that) but do want a friendly experience.  Does this fit the bill?


04/11/2011 at 11:25
Slow and old wrote (see)

I am thinking of doing this one, but I am not a fast runner, pb is 4.46, I am not worried about being on my own or last (been there done that) but do want a friendly experience.  Does this fit the bill?


My one and only marathon was 4:42, so i'll be round about where you are!  I'll try and be very friendly if that helps!
06/11/2011 at 12:02

OK, so need to look at trainig plans soon- I've just done my first ultra- 31 miles, yesterday, so need 2 weeks of no running to recover, then time to get going again. I'm comcentrating on lots of realtively slow mileage, but MUST do some speed work too- last time I just did slow stuff, and I'm getting to the point where marathon pace feels really fast- not good!

 Will try to do something along the lines of Pfizinger and Dougls less than 55 miles per week.

06/11/2011 at 18:25

Take your time, enjoy the scenery, feel the Highlands.

 There's a PB in it for sure, if you want it - yet this is really one for those of us who just love running.

The cleanest air, the freshest green and the softest Highland accents you'll ever experience. And the unmistakable shape of The Ben all the way back in.

The weather is often warm and windless, even when there is gentle rain.

Take it all with a quiet smile and that calm confidence that comes from being a marathon runner.

You'll love it.

08/11/2011 at 09:47

Thanks Adidas -  I have entered

Tricalitt - Just being very nosey, which ultra and how did you find it.

Johnchik - I agree the scenery will be the highlight.

I am looking at plans now, Happy running all


08/11/2011 at 09:53
kaz1 wrote (see)

Love Fort William, normally camp there in July

Is it? I was imagining it was quite a butch sort of place
09/11/2011 at 07:59

s&o- Glen Ogle ultra- a new one, 'sposed to be 33 miles, but they had to change the course. I went VERY slowly ( took me 5:15 to get to marathon distance), but felt good. "off road" but on good paths, and oddly my feet feel less battered than after a road marathon. I've decided to go down the ultra route, as my marathons are getting slower, and a bit frustrating, so, if I can kid myself they're training runs for ultras, then I'll just relax and enjoy the day. (OK, weird psychology, but heh).

10/11/2011 at 09:48

Tricialitt - An interesting experience, I have thought about doing one but was worried that I am too slow, do they have cut-offs normally.  Also I am a very poor navigator and am terrified of getting lost.

11/11/2011 at 08:07
Yes_ we got lost, but there were a bunch of 10 of us at that point, and we all had 'phones, Garmins, etc- plus ut was beautiful weather, and we weren't all that remote. I would think twice before doing the longer ones, and the ones where you end up in the dark.
11/11/2011 at 09:29
I did the Lakeland 50 this year
13/11/2011 at 11:40
I've bought "Noakes lore of running"- Wow!- I'm really just skimming the surface, but it is really interesting- more questions than answers, though. Also looking at the Hadd thread- lots of Base training- virtually no faster running. I think I might go for a "hadd" approaach to increase mileage on just very slow running until about 9 weeks before the race, then 6 weeks faster stuff, 3 weeks taper. This might work better than the usual plan where I train well until 6 weeks before the race, then virutally stop running becuse of a series of niggles, and an accumumltion of tiredness. We'll see. I also need to factor in my ski trip in february. I've been skiing at that point in marathon traiing before, and basically I just never get going again properly once I get back.
13/11/2011 at 12:27

I haven't signed up yet, but have booked accomodation (that can be cancelled at no cost...). My dilema is that I am off to the Rockies for two weeks skiing at the end of Feb. and don't get back until 8 March - 5 weeks before the marathon. Tricialitt - you have confirmed my fears that this might be a problem! I have only done one marathon - Berlin this year - and really want to beat my time of 3 hours 53. What to do???

16/11/2011 at 17:04
Simon- don't be put off by my difficulties getting going again after ski trips- It's probably just laziness, plus excess alcohol. I would start my trainig 2 weeks earlier, so that I don't feel the need to cram in the missed LSR's the day I get back. I actually tried to go running last year while away in colorado- the altitude made it too breathless to do much, plus I had to take my Yaktax with me to cope with icy underfoot conditions. If your hotel has a gym, that's another option to keep yourself ticking over.
17/11/2011 at 14:39

Adidas-  The marathon will be a piece of cake for you after that!

Tricialitt - I have the lore of running too, its a big book!

I have found my running mojo and am just enjoying getting out at the moment.

17/11/2011 at 19:44
Tricialitt - Laziness are alcohol are two of my favourite pastimes so it's going to be tough to get myself in shape. However, I have decided to go for it. I'll try and get as much training done before the holiday and the skiing should keep my fitness level up. I'll just have to go easy on the apres ski......
19/11/2011 at 13:22

OK, I'm back into running post- ultra, but it's still a struggle- managed 2x 6 mile commute to/ from work yesterday- keeping it slow to keep HR below 70% as per HADD. Will build up to aim for 4x6 mile commute, plus 1x 11 mile commute per week, all at slow pace. Am also doing spinning class once weekly to try to keep some cardiac fitness.

Have also booked Hotel- Nevis bank this year- all the others either have crap reviews, or are filling up already. Not cheap, but heh? UNfortunately the only practical way of doing this race for me is for OH to drive me up the road on saturday afternoon ( from Glasgow), run sunday, grab a shower, and sit in the car getting REALLY stiff and sore to get back home sunday evening for work monday. I'd love to stay the extra night after, but can't afford work time, and we can't leave the cat alone in the house too long.

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