2013 Marathon Thread

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12/04/2013 at 18:05

MG here's a checklist for you, nicked from the inimitable Controversial on Fetch

For going abroad:

guide book phrase book passport photocopy of the passport foreign currency hotel details flight details boarding card PC/Mac driving licence

For the hotel

socket adaptor Fork/knife/spoon from camping set to have breakfast before marathon cork/screw bottle opener to have a beer in the hotel sleeping pills ear plugs

For the race:-

Registration confirmation and literature Maps and directions Watch or GPS and charger/cable (Compression) Socks Shorts Compression top Short sleeve top/Vest arm warmers Long sleeve top Rain/cold weather shell Discardable outer layer to be worn in the early stages Hat and/or touque Gloves (or old socks to throw away) Sunglasses/goggles Sun protection cream Safety pins (to attach gel packs, race number,etc.) Vaseline/body lubricant Gel packs Energy drinks Beetroot juice Camera and batteries Something to attach your chip to the shoe sweat band pace band racing trainers painkillers aspirin vitamin C clean kit for after the race sponge salt tablets chocolate bar for before the race imodium tissues towel safety blanket to keep warm before the race sports bottle top of sponsor water bottle - i.e. for London keep the vittel sports top then you can screw it on and drink easier as you go...(that's running) LARGE black plastic bin bag  Official carrier bag with race number on  Carrier bag to sit on whilst waiting in the pen Disposable bottle with LARGE mouth opening, and lid - to take to the start pen, and pee into whilst waiting for the start (much better than having to leave the pen to go back to loo queue)

For after the race:

Skins dry trainers change of clothes diet coke (for when feeling sick) salted crisps (same as above) digestive aid

12/04/2013 at 18:12

Reminder of the racers this Sunday...good luck all

14/04/13 Brighton                    Mace
14/04/13 Lochaber                   Stuart M, Stewart C
14/04/13 Rotterdam                 MG
14/04/13 Vienna                      Mabel40

12/04/2013 at 19:00
Tek thanks for the list! Wow that's pretty dam comprehsive I think I have most of that lot sorted ready to go into my bag, hopefully won't need the phrase book as our Dutch friends speak better english than some over here I know.

Hopefully all is under control, can't believe how quickly the last couple of months have gone, looking forward to getting over there now, just need to make sure Mrs G has got her stuff all under control although looking at her bag anyone think we going for a week instead of 2 nights
12/04/2013 at 19:17

Tek - Nice run today, enjoy the final long run tomorrow!

Fiona - Good run last night!

OH - Good run yesterday, is your marathon next month?

NP - Impressive run, though I don't like hearing 6.11 pace described as easy enough 

MG - From Teks list, I think the bottle opener sounds like the most important item

Good luck for Sunday!


Leg is definitely feeling better today, but I think Sunday is going to come just too soon for it to be 100%. Another couple of days and I think I'd be sorted. I might be wrong, might wake up tomorrow or Sunday and it's totally fine. Going to have to be gentle on Sunday, well as gentle as you can be over marathon distance...

12/04/2013 at 19:23


I'm getting there.  Hopefully will go for a run tomorrow.


Well done on everyone's training & good luck to this weekends racers.

12/04/2013 at 20:07
OH nice 8 mile run
AGF looks like Lulu has had a few runs
Teknik that's some list
SM6 by mile 3 you will be flying.

Good luck to Mace, MG1, SM6, SC go get some PB's
Looking forward to race reports and will see if I can get coverage on my computer
12/04/2013 at 20:07

Evening all

HM4- good news

Fiona- nice treadmill session. Hope the massage does the trick with the hamstring....

NP- Nice running- what pace is 6.11- tempo? MP?

Tek- great list, but safe to say I will be travelling a lot lighter! One thing not on Controversial's great list (for VLMers, at least) is passport/ driving licence- cos you need that WITH your registration  form to collect your number


Disaster this morning- NO smoked salmon left! Had to make do with a couple of bananas for breakfast. Lunch was leftover sliced sirloinon a bed of rocket and tonight I made a spicy chicken tikka masala with a low carb cauliflower "rice"- fab! 6.4ishm recovery run for me this evening- in the wind, of course....

12/04/2013 at 20:18

You must be pleased it's the last long run Teknik!

Good luck mace, MG1, Stuart amd Stewart. Fingers crossed all niggles/lurgy gone by the start line. Lochaber guys I hope the weather turns out better than forecast but don't forget the waterproofs!

Shopping night tonight then jason?!  Venison for me tonight with veg.  No run but off to stretch etc and will run in the morning. This time next week I should have my number and chip tucked away in the hotel safe (obviously they are much sought after!!)


12/04/2013 at 20:23

Fiona- LOL! Shopping done this morning. I LOVE venison! Wish you hadn't mentioned that about "this time next week"!!

12/04/2013 at 20:38
Fiona snap will be looking at going out for something to eat and having a nice sleep in on Saturday morning got to pack this weekend as I'm at work from 9am Monday till 5 pm Wednesday. But then I'm off till 22 May with only 18 days left at work after that
12/04/2013 at 21:34
Good luck to Stewart, Stuart, MG and Mable.

Arrived in Brighton this afternoon with the wife and kids. Didn't run today but have done a couple of miles walking. Will do a 3 or so in the morning and that's it.

Done an hour in the expo and tried out the water pouches and have to say I'm quite impressed with them. Overall feeling fairly relaxed still but keeping an eye on the wind forecast

For anyone who may be interested my number is 8669 .... there's a free app "Brighton Marathon" for anyone with an iPhone. Can track runners with splits from 10k onwards.

Happy training / eating / tapering everyone
12/04/2013 at 21:37
Fiona, nice run I'm sure the massage will sort it out enjoy your run tomorrow
Tek, good run today, enjoy the last long one tomorrow
MG, good luck on Sunday looking forward to the race report
SM, I'm sure you'll be flying on Sunday
NP, easy for you impossible for me, awesome as always
Jason nice recovery, surprised you didn't have the steak for breakie

Still have a slight cough, but everything else is just dandy, i had a sports massage today and tomorrow is the big carb load and staying off the feet I'm getting excited and can't wait for the race to start, weather looks crap don't mind the rain it's the wind that's going to be tough to deal with
12/04/2013 at 21:50
Stewart, sounds like you're gonna be ok I agree, only concern for me is the wind. Looks like its gonna be a southerly 20mph with 30mph gusts in Brighton which will be mostly side on as most of the race is along the seafront. Not sure if i'd prefer side on or a head/tail wind ????
12/04/2013 at 22:04
Mace- side on definitely better! You will never make up with a tailwind what you lose in a headwind - fact supported by physics
Best of luck, guys!
12/04/2013 at 22:06
Mace, Good luck at Brighton on Sunday can't wait to hear all about it, I think the wind will be more in our face on the return, I'm not going to worry too much about it PB no matter
12/04/2013 at 22:16
Mace , Stewart and Stuart good luck and have a great race on Sunday, that southerly wind is forecast for Rotterdam as well.
13/04/2013 at 08:12
Just popping in to wish all this weekends marathoners the best of British! Hard work is done, trust your training and enjoy. Good luck all.
13/04/2013 at 11:06

8.71m for me this morning in 1.05.35, including Parkrun jog

13/04/2013 at 13:34

An exciting weekend of racing for the thread, good luck MACE, STEWART MG1 AND SM.

I look forward to the race reports tomorrow.

Still not run and losing confidence here I have done plenty of cross training and the tendon is feeling better but still sore if I press it (I know...dont press it then..lol ) icing massaging taking volterol, and using volterol spray (at the same time ummmmm...so what I dont  care..lol the worse thing that will happen is an upset tum...but ok so far) still a whole week to go and I must remind myself I had a great 21.5 miler just 2 weeks ago, so hopefully the enforced rest wont matter too much...11 days no running, thats the longest since I had the flu over 2 years ago !!!!

One thing I have managed to do is cut right back on the carbs go without..bread potatoes, cereal including the PORRIDGE for 3 whole days !!I have even managed to resists the biscuits and chocolates left for us by patients ,lots of fish and meat veg and fruit,so not feeling to fat with the lack or running..


Edited: 13/04/2013 at 13:37
13/04/2013 at 15:57

Gosh, 18 days is not long NP. Then you can concentrate on being an athlete!

mace don't have an iphone but will be checking. Best of luck!

Stewart and Stuart keeping my fingers crossed for you. Totally agree that wind worse than rain.

MG1 enjoy Rotterdam and hope the weather is better there.

NN now it is about confidence! Did 8m this morning and hamstring tight and sore but not sharp (5 or 6 on the 1-10 scale). Normally I'd stop but did not get worse. Still going for it at VLM.  If it gets worse on the day then I hope I'd still manage to hobble round to get GFA. Nothing venture.


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