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26/01/2014 at 10:17

Hi all, 

I am training for my first marathon and am supposed to do a long run of about 8 miles today. Looking outside all roads are flooding, the rain is v heavy and the trail I like to run on is covered in ice.  Can I replace this run with a mix of treadmill, cross trainer, bike etc at gym? 

cougie    pirate
26/01/2014 at 10:40
26/01/2014 at 10:44

What will happen if its raining on marathon day

At very least do their full eight on the treadmill!

26/01/2014 at 10:46
The long run is the most important run of the week.
Can you find a 1 mile loop that isn't flooded and run it 8 times.
Sometimes you just have to get used to the rain as it could rain on race day and that will be 26.2 miles.

What marathon are you training for?
26/01/2014 at 11:41

Agreed - run the full distance on the treadmill.

26/01/2014 at 12:11

8 miles is not that long. I would suggest you either run on the treadmill, that will be a normal long run training or just go outside. yes it is raining and yes the roads are flooded. And?  did my 27 miler ast Sunday. It as raining and the roads were flooded. All that happened was that my feet got wet and I had to dry my shoes 8 miles is nothing so just go outdoors. Make sure you are visible, I was wearing my yellow high viz jacket because I was on the road. When I picked up my doggy for the last 8 miles she was also wearing a high viz deck.

The only thing that can hold you indoors is thunder and lightning or severe black ice

Happy running

Edited: 26/01/2014 at 12:12
26/01/2014 at 12:23

Don't be a wuss. Get dressed appropriately and find a non flooded bit to run. Running on the rain is part of the fun.

26/01/2014 at 18:00
Thank you all but i played safe and avoided hidden potholes and the floods and did a mix of treadmill, stepper and cross trainer. As you all say 8 miles is nothing ( although it is to someone new to a marathon) and hopefully the rest of my long runs will be on drier days.
26/01/2014 at 19:13

I wouldn't bank on it Lorna.

Next time I think you need to just bite the bullet if it's raining.

I have to say I'm not sure why you asked for advice and then did what you wanted to anyway.

Edited: 26/01/2014 at 19:14
26/01/2014 at 19:27

Coughie's answer is correct.

But when is this marathon if the long run is a mere 8?

You'll be getting that up to the 18-22 territory in time, so what marathon plan evenstarts as low as 8?!

26/01/2014 at 19:49

Stevie- the beginners 17 week plan in the London marathon magazine doesn't hit 10 miles until week six. If someone was currently following that I think they would have just completed week 5 which is a 75 minute long run. So about where Lorna is. 

Just hope we don't get proper winter conditions anytime soon!!

26/01/2014 at 19:52

Using hidden potholes is a pretty pathetic reason  

so is rain, it sounds a little thing but if you are already finding 'excuses' not to do the long run, then frankly you are going to struggle when it's pissing down, or it's to sunny and you have 18 miles to do. 

Good luck, and next time if you do choose not to do the run outside and have access to a gym which you appear to do, then do the whole distance on the treadmill, even if that's maybe a bit 'dull'  ;)

what happens on marsthon day if there is a puddle and you've never ran that section, will you just stop?

Edited: 26/01/2014 at 19:54
26/01/2014 at 20:00

don't tell me DT19, the peak sees the long run at 18miles, and total mileage for the week 30?

26/01/2014 at 20:15

Well they only publish the first 13 weeks. Apparently we get another magazine in march with the final four. However week 13 looks to be the peak with the only 20 miler but there are only two other runs in that week, a 35 min easy run and a 40 min slow run, so about another 8 miles. 

I suppose this is designed purely to equip peoples to get around. 

26/01/2014 at 20:24
Another good reason for going out in the rain is to test your kit for any chafing issues. I can wear most of my kit in the dry without too many issues but in the wet you do discover some areas that may become problematic.
26/01/2014 at 20:33

you need to be able run in a variety of conditions, in this country a race may be held in 25C heat, the next year the same race at the same time of year may be windy, raining and is nearly freezing. Eight miles also shows any chafing issues particular in raining conditions.

enough said, you went to the gym but next time go out and get use to rain

26/01/2014 at 20:41

Too true.

VLM 2012 I did a 17 miler in snow. 8 days later I did a 19 miler and it was sunny and 19C when I finished.

26/01/2014 at 20:51

What a pity that you did not go outdoors. 8 miles is not too long and you could have tested running in the rain. Why didn't you run the whole 8 miles on the treadmill ? Nope I dont really get it I'm afraid. Next time just go outdoors. What will you do when it rains on marathon day? Stay at home?


seren nos    pirate
26/01/2014 at 20:54

so thgey go from 8 at week 5 to 20 in week 13 and they wonder why so many get injured........why on earth even produce a 17 week schedule for total beginners......

its not helping them much is it.....

anyway as you are following it good luck......as you didn't do the 8 miles this week you will risk more injury by following the schedule and upping the long run mileage next week......please be careful

26/01/2014 at 21:05
I've always thought that the ones in the magazine were a bit dodgy. From nothing to 26.2 in 17 weeks is asking for trouble.
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