2013 Marathon Thread

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03/05/2013 at 18:24

Tek - Yeah Fort William to Cape Wrath. It's the main reason why I've not committed to Loch Ness yet. We'll be walking for (hopefully)10-12 days, but once we get home it'll probably be another week before I run again. Assuming I haven't managed to injury myself.

It's not really the distance thats bothering me, it's more the supposed 7 vertical miles!!!! of ascent over the course of it

Edited: 03/05/2013 at 18:24
03/05/2013 at 20:31


No & my race number came today.


Sorry to hear that.


I have.... twice today!  Some intervals this morning 400m x 5 with 200m recoveries & and an easy 5k this afternoon.


I know you guys are great on here.


This one is 2.5 mile my 5 miler is in June.  Good luck with that one.


Well done on everyone's training.


03/05/2013 at 20:38

Tek , final countdown for you, it's going to be good

SM6 , good swim earlier, nice to add some variation.

NN well done on the 9 in glowing shoes

Mace nice 7 in the Idyllic setting


Managed 4 miles earlier on, felt okay but took it steady,  will head out again tomorrow as long as I feel okay



03/05/2013 at 22:40

SM6, bloody hell mate that's a bit of a trek, hope you get through unscathed and you have a wonderful time.

Mace, sorry tyo hear your bad news,

Tek, nice recovery now it is time for rest good luck

HM4, nice double today

MG, nice 4 enjoy the run tomorrow,

OH, not long until Cape Wrath


No running tonight, went to the gym and did a body balance class, will do my 7 ga run tomorrow, cricket has been washed out again, prefer to run anyway


04/05/2013 at 10:13

Help! I need some help determining what my Marathon Pace should be. I did paris in 2012 in 4:14, with many loo stops and stopped for quick chat with dad en route etc. However I was running with someone who could have run faster.

This year I feel in better shape ( doing more mile sin training 30-40) but as I only bought a Garmin after the marathon last year I don't know re training times comparison. Currently my long run is at a pace of 9.40-10 ( but I run with a dog for half of it and need to climb 2 big hills to get home). I would really like to break 4 hrs in Edinburgh this month, but I will be running alone with limited spectator support by the sound of it. Is the fact my long run isn't at MP an issue? Is MP something that is always faster?? How can I work out was is relaisitc? I can't use race time predictor as I haven't done any races and I usually run with the dog. Though I did do 10k at 8.16 per mile last week ( when I ran without the dog).


Any help for this novice appreciated.




04/05/2013 at 11:04

Cbo- if mp isn't faster than your long run pace, you are doing normal long runs much too fast. You need to do a shorter race to give some indication. Of potential target marathon pace. Loads of 10ks at this time of year, suggest you race one hard and let us know your time

04/05/2013 at 11:32

7.6 miles with a ridiculous 23.0x parkrun. 5 weeks ago I'd have been capable of around 20.15...

Plenty of easy miles in the next few weeks and then try again in 2 or 3 weeks. Hopefully be back in the 21s.

Think I'll give the gym a miss again today

04/05/2013 at 12:16

SM6 well done earlier,  am sure you will get that pace back

10 m this morning at 8.39 felt a bit ropey at the end , so will have a day off tomorrow and try and get rid of the last bit of lurgy 

04/05/2013 at 13:18

Sounds a great challenge SM6 - when do you intend to finish in Cape Wrath?
(we'll be in Durness until 19th)

04/05/2013 at 17:27

HM nice double yesterday

MG nice 4m and well done on the 10m this morning.

Stewart I don't think cricket and Scotland go together. Hope the 7m went ok...

Cbo welcome - most on here do their long runs at a pace slower than marathon pace. 

Stuart I think you're still just knackered from the marathon.  Think of all those fibres you've shredded...takes time to rebuild.

OH not long now until your big week.  Are you camping or B&B'ing?


Broken my 141 day streak...no running today.  Feet-up.

For those not on Fetch, new race list which hopefully will stay working...


Edited: 04/05/2013 at 18:08
04/05/2013 at 19:04

Thanks guys.

04/05/2013 at 20:09

Self Catering at Balnakeil as we're there all week Tek

Last preparations completed for beach run today

Edited: 04/05/2013 at 21:47
04/05/2013 at 20:15

SM6, I think Tek is right, my HR is still elevated and I don't think I could run at pace for long, still a good time and I'm sure you be running 21mins in a few weeks time

MG1, nice 10 miler, rest up and fully recover

OH, I didn't realise you were doing both the half and full up at Cape Wrath

Tek, I'm begining to think so, the weather was ok today but the damage was done over the previous 48 hours. enjoy the rest  


7 miles today around a flat route it was windy, which made the run harder than it should have been, hopefully it won't be as windy for my 10 tomorrow


04/05/2013 at 20:20

Hi guys

Not been on here much since my injury(metatarsal fracture) in December,finally back running pain free again after an all too eager comeback and not listening to my body(lesson learned there) in March.

All easy miles for me at the minute and dont even wear my garmin as all my runs are done by perceived effort and im quite enjoying just building up the miles again.Up to 20-25 miles and its all feeling good.

Loch Ness is cancelled for me this year as Mrs YC is  expecting our first baby at the start of October,shes had a rough time of it these past few weeks so i have decided to put the marathon plans on hold till next year  and  devote my time to making sure she is ok because i know the long training runs take their toll on my energy levels so i dont think it would be very fair on her.

Tek- thanks for your message on Fetch(only seen it last week ) lol.And best of luck for Sunday mate,you put the effort into your training at all times so you deserve to get a good result


04/05/2013 at 21:22

Stuart - it'll come back soon enough

Tek - 141 days is amazing !!

Stewart - fingers x'd for the wind

MG - sounds like a nice little rest is due

yc - good to have you back and absolutely the right choice ... Congrats

04/05/2013 at 21:28

Parkrun this morning in just shy of 30 mins. Had great fun with my 2 boys working through the field and encouraging them to pick off runners .... they loved it.

04/05/2013 at 22:43

StewartC yes, did half and (my first) mara at Cape Wrath in 2012 too. This year, I'm also signed up for 5.5 mile "hill race" on the Tuesday (but not the 10 miler on Wednesday). It's a whole week of running plus socialising - highly recommended. Suspect that the Saturday night ceilidh will finally finish me off (if I get that far).
Haven't got sight on any ambitious targets but would just be good to finish.

Welcome back YC Congratulations .....and a sensible decision - the baby will always win that one !

Enjoy the rest Tek

05/05/2013 at 07:11

Congratulations YC, good news on the injury too.

mace sounds like your boys will be hooked! Good age to get them interested in sports.

Stewart it still sounds windy out there which will make my hill run interesting! Good luck on the 10.

Teknik, amazing to have run 141 days, you have trained so well and are well on for a major PB - GFA?

MG1 these things take ages to clear, take it easy.

Stuart don't be too hard on yourself, as others have said the marathon takes it's toll. Just relax and the speed will come back. That's a long walk!!

Welcome Cbo.

NN, Abingdon is the same day as Amsterdam. I plan just running with no set plan for another 6 weeks then will add a bit of structure but still more relaxed than the VLM build up although watching more of VLM last night made me want to get out there and improve!!

Nice double the other day HM4.

NP must be due back from his hols soon?


Edited: 05/05/2013 at 07:12
05/05/2013 at 08:30


Congratulations & good news about the injury.




Well done on everyone's training.

05/05/2013 at 08:34

Stewart nice 7 miler. Take it easy on today's 10

YC congrats!  Sensible decision - enjoy a few months of easy no-pressure jogging. Best wishes to Mrs YC.

Mace that sounded like great fun with the boys

OH hope you get some of the weather down here...

Fiona enjoy your hill run.  GFA? No chance - need to get the Half time below 1:30 first.  But I am aiming for 3:29...hope the weather is no "worse" than forecast - now predicting 14C at the gun and 17C at 1pm.

Enjoy the long week-end everyone

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