I agree with HA77. It's hard to judge a correct pace for a hilly marathon unless you've run it before and/or trained on hills.
I also ran the Windermere marathon on Sunday and the hills and heat caught me out big time especially in the last quarter. My PB is 3:29 but because I went out too fast without knowing the course as well as the heat touching around 20C I finished in 3:49 having to run/walk the last 5 miles. There's no point beating yourself up about it, I just think hilly marathons are too different from a normal marathon to warrant comparison. Next time I run one I will aim for a sub 3:45 as a goal instead of expecting to get anywhere near my PB.
It was a beautiful marathon though.and I'd recommend it to anyone, just be aware of the hills sapping your strength in the second half.
I did see some people wearing headphones on the roads that weren't closed. Not sure if they were DQd though.
Tripped over a loose paving slab on a 4 mile recovery run on Friday. Slammed down hard on my left hand side, took skin off my knee and elbow and bruised my hip.
The pain was worse the next day and I couldn't run without pain so I cancelled my planned final 20 miler before the Chester marathon in 3 weeks' time. It still hurts now on Monday but I plan to go back out tomorrow and carry on with the schedule. Fortunately I'm not bothered about any particular time for the marathon so missing the run was not crucial.
The first thing I did though when I hit the floor was press stop on my Garmin. Don't want to hurt those average pace stats!
Yes, 16 miles was the longest run. But I will say that it's not an easy training schedule at all as you run 6 days a week. Also, I ran more in training for this marathon than I've ever done on the P+D or RW schedules despite "only" running a maximum of 16 miles.
Yes Liz, very pleased with the results. It was my sixth marathon and I've never felt stronger in the last six miles and didn't come close to hitting the wall. Highly recommend it.
I'm planning on running Chester in October but will follow a P+D 12 week plan for that due to time constraints. But for next year's spring marathon I will definitely use Hanson again and try to get a BQ.
l loved it. Maybe because I got under 3:30 for the first time (just, 3:29:57). The weather was perfect and the course had enough variety to be interesting without being too hard (a couple of long slopes rather than hills).
It was very busy for the first two or three miles and the lack of timing pens probably contributed to that but it helped slow me down instead of haring off too fast. I actually managed a negative split which I've never done before.
I had followed the Hanson marathon method to the letter (advanced schedule) and never once hit the wall. Took a gel every 30 minutes and a mouthful of water at most of the water stops.
I thought it was excellently organised and marshalled and liked the fact that it was quiet out in the countryside. I also liked the greenway section as it was a proper "heads down grit the teeth" sort of section. Getting up that hill on mile 8/18 was a highlight as the view was outstanding although the steep downhill was a bit tough on the thighs. Would definitely recommend as an alternative to the big city marathons.