Neil H, Kielder is a world away from Coniston. The ground is hard packed trail, the uphills not as harsh, downhills not rocky, time of year cooler. I ran 3:53 at Kielder and only started to feel it at 18 miles and really started to crack with 2 miles to go. At Coniston I cracked at 10 miles and muddled through, stopping to sit down a lot, my time was 5:18, with Garmin showing a moving time of 4:40. Coniston winning time 3:01 and Kielder was 2:25 I think, tells a story. Folks I ran Kielder with who run road marathons who were around my time reckon add 25-30 mins to a road time for Kielder. You will find you can get into a rhythm even with the hills as they are all short. I liked Kielder, but a completely different experience to Coniston, which was an extreme endurance event.
best to have tried things first if you can. having said that I am quite picky as some things repeat on me, but kendal mint cake i think is fairly neutral as its pure sugar and i suppose minty things are good for the stomach, like mint tea for example. i'll be carrying Torq Organic Mango energy bars, a highly rated bar and i find quite palatable.
I have been practising with a hydration pack from Decathlon and it feels absolutely fine, I will probably not fill it (2 litres) but maybe put in a litre and take drinks from drinks stations. it also has neat little pockets for energy bars which I am also carrying, but the kendal mint cake will be tempting too!
No-one answered my post asking for a lift from Hawksead YHA, if anyone can help I would be so grateful.
hey great thread. Coniston on Sunday will be my second Marathon after Kielder last year. Looking forward to enjoying the scenery, time is not a goal this time.
Is anyone on this thread staying at Hawkhead YHA. I am trying to beg a lift for the start of the 9.00 am event as I hear the taxi prices are very high and it will be too early for a bus. My family (wife and 3 toddlers) will still be eating their breakfast when I want to head off to the start.
I would not call it pain. Just a tightness, non-specific, not concentrated on one place. It shows up only as I say when I get up from my desk after being still for a while or if I get up from kneeling down. More of a oh that feels tight feeling, than any discomfort. I was still able to run 16 miles no problem today, and was very happy with the time, 2:04:31, without pushing too hard, and had no knee discomfort during the run. I think to an extent my body may be simply adjusting to the higher mileage runs but I feel I should take care also. I run in NB 768's and they have only done 200 miles. I'd say they could be more cushioned for me, and consequently I have a pair of Brooks Infiniti but lined up as a Christmas present. I have been doing more but being sensible in the increase of mileage. All my other running (except for this long once every 3 weeks road run) is off road, so much less impact
I found a few stretches that seem to help a bit actually. I am bad at doing stretches. And also my wife has a baby in 2 days time so I'd expect I'll not run for nearly a week now, and I have not taken that much time off running for 8 months. So timing could be right to rest the knees a bit, and keep doing the gentle stretching.