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VM London Marathon 2014 - Team MacMillan

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 19:48

Not VLM, but i'm doing the 2014 Brighton marathon for Team Macmillan - anyone else doing that one? 

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:23
Zoe Windsor wrote (see)

I only want to run 3 times a week so will have to amend a plan to suit me,

some plans I have found the longest run has been 18 and others 22 miles? Any advice here, I think mentally 20 plus would be good for me

 

I'm certainly no expert as my first (and so far only) marathon was Brighton in April this year, but FWIW I did one weekend long run and one midweek 6 miler which is quite low by most plans but I found I needed plenty of recovery from the long runs and couldn't really sustain a higher weekly milage. In the end I did a comfortable 3:57 with an 8-minute final mile which I was happy with, wanted sub-4 and to enjoy it and got both of those.

Anyway, for the long runs I did three 13-milers, three 17-milers, two 20-milers, and a 23-miler and I was very glad of those last few. Out to sixteen miles always felt comfortable, but the 20s got me used to keeping going as I started to really get tired and stiff. First time at 20 left me thinking that another 6.2 was going to be agony, but the second was better and the 23 was ok. Mentally it helped a lot on the 'road to hell' on the day. 

I know a lot of plans max out at 16-18 miles or a three-hour time limit and I repeatedly went past that during training, but i'd take a couple of minutes to walk/eat and stretch out every 5k and that seemed to make it ok. I had a plan B for the marathon of run/walking the second half if I started to hurt but in the end never needed it.

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 15:57

I'm tempted, as my lunchtime escape from work takes in part of the course and i'm training for a half in October that would naturally lead into the long runs in November for a December marathon. Already entered for Brighton 2014 so it might make a nice base of fitness too.

The bits I know don't look to make it a PB course, but it's flat and a nice route in parts too, so maybe one to relax and enjoy rather than attack.  Would guess that it gets quite muddy in parts around Langstone too in winter

Brighton Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 17:45

Thanks Tillstar, I was very happy with the time but even more that I finished well and my fastest mile of the race was the last one, covered 25 to 26.2 in 8:12

Oh, and the fact that the 2014 marathon will be my 40th birthday is a consideration too

Brighton Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 17:30

I'm in, Brighton 2013 was my first marathon and already starting to think about the next one. I was following a training plan for sub-4:30 and ran 3:57 fairly comfortably, so want to have a decent go at training better over the winter and try for a sub-3:45.

Brighton Marathon 2013

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 13:30

First marathon and finished in 3:57, so very happy - ran the whole thing, paced myself for enjoyment rather than risking blowing up and apart from a brief low on the road to hell I enjoyed all of it.

One question from a newbie though, anybody know what was happening with the 4-hour pacemakers? I'd naively assumed there was one pacemaker per time and they ran that time, but reality seemed a bit different. I started from the back of the blue corral with the pacers ahead of me at the front of the corral, start was a bit slow but by mile three I was spot on my target 9-minute mile average pace. I eventually caught and overtook what I thought was 'the' 4-hour pacer a bit before halfway, then about 20 minutes later saw another baloon ahead - confused me a bit, I thought it couldn't be the 3:45 pacer as I wasn't that quick, and it turned out to be another 4-hour pacer. Caught and passed them too, and out on the road to hell found yet another 4-hour pacer who I almost caught and then lost contact with during my low.

Is it normal to have several running pacers for the same time running different paces? I'd guess the one I didn't catch must have come in a few minutes ahead of me and the second I passed was probably near-on 4 hours, dunno about the first one I passed.

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