Put your last-minute marathon questions to double Olympian Liz Yelling
Double Olympian - and Lucozade Sport Super Six mentor - Liz Yelling will be online between 1pm and 2pm today to answer any queries you might have about race week and the big day itself.
Liz has been competing as a top international athlete for more than 15 years. In 2006, she won the Bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and she has twice represented Great Britain in the Olympics (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008).
Start posting your questions now - that way, Liz will be able to get stuck in straight away rather than having to deal with too many questions all at once.
I'm a big fan of yours and I hope to see you at Edinburgh marathon this year.
My question is about long runs, I am training for a sub 3:45 marathon, I normally run my long runs at about 9 min or 9 min 30 pace, but last week my plan asked me to run it at 8:30 pace. Is this too fast? I didn't make it by the way ended up completing it in 9:30 pace.
My best half is 1hr 45 - do you think a sub 3:45 is asking to much of me?
Hi - I'm doing Brighton this Sunday. I have my target time, pace band all sorted out and feel ready, but my question is, if things go wrong and I start missing the targets what's the best way to salvage a good race; should you work out new splits, or just hang on or what?
Havent really got a question, just to say hello and saw you at Wokingham, well for a second until you belted it down the road and over the motorway bridge.
Your an inspiration to all runners and that run in Beijing was probably one of the gutsiest performances ever of a British athlete.
Good luck with everything.
And 1 week to go till London woohooo cant wait
I running my first marathon in London next sunday. My training has been going well and I am now in the final stages of tapering. My question, or concern is, on the longer runs 3+ hours I tend to cramp up badly in my right calf and left thigh. I have tried salt tablets and changed strectches but the cramp seems to return.
It is frustrating as I seem to maintain a good pace and stamina isn't a major issue. Can anything be done to combat the cramp before or during? The very least I would like to do is finish the race after all the training.
saw you at Silverstone last month - I had a little tear in my eye, you were fab! My question: I've managed to do everything right up till now, and I'm on course for my first (super slow, but that's not the point - a year ago I couldn't run 20 seconds!) marathon. But I've managed to get a blister on my toe due to an ill fitting sock.
So my big question: what's your secret cure for blisters, and do you have a favourite brand of socks?!
I am runnnig my first marathon next weekend and am now starting to get very nervous, dread may be more apt.
Any advice on dealing with the nerves?
Hi Liz, my question is regarding post marathon running.
How soon after a race do you look to get back into training? I know rest is important but don't want to sit around for too long.
Thanks for you time
I notice you mention over distance work, which seems to feature in most elite marathoners' training programmes. A 28 miler 3-4 weeks out would seem to be a reasonable idea but my question is do you think a session like this or the overall weekly mileage in the last 12 weeks is the biggest factor in holding pace in the last 10K of a marathon?
Hello Liz, Im running Stratford on 25th and i have a stiff achilies but its not too bad. My question is will i gain anything by running in these last days or would i be better off just resting for the big day?
Hi Liz, hope you don't mind a semi-serious question, and a fun one!
First, do you find you get all kinds of strange aches and pains turning up during taper? And what's your tip for telling niggles from something that really needs some attention? (Because a lot of us on Spink's thread are niggling like mad!)
Second, do you think we'll ever see any of you elites doing London Marathon at the back in fancy dress, taking 5-6 hours, just for fun?
(edited for spelling)
You are a Legend...
I've missed a few long runs so here goes.
My longest run is only 20 miles and I've done a few 18's and a 19...usually I would have done a 22.
My longest run pace is typically between 08:30 - 08:45 which I'm comfortable at, my speed sessions 800m repeats are run at about 06:50 pace, tempo runs tend to be between 07:15 - 07:30......given all that and hopefully you have a calculator I was wondering what your advise on pace would be, I've done 8 marathons and my PB is 3:19 for the marathon, I just feel undercooked through lack of long runs and lack of general mileage. Part of me thinks I should go out at 07:30 pace and see what happens, I just know that wall is waiting for me.
Ps. looking forward to seeing you win London soon
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