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Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: Today at 14:06

Tish - hopefully you will find pleasure in shorter races if you decide you cant run a marathon again.

Bev - I've heard nothing but good reports about Chester so it looks like the one for me.

SKD - if you run a fell race and enjoy it you could easily get hooked. Be prepared for plenty of walking ! Which fell race are you running ?

A nice little 4 miles for me at lunch. I ran down by the river and it was lovely, I could easily have carried on. The legs felt a lot better today so hopefully they will have returned to normal fairly soon.

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Posted: Today at 13:56

PS - still a very respectable time though, well done. Do you know what caused you not to hit your target time ?

A nice gentle 4 miles down by the river at lunch time, what a lovely day for a run, I could have easily kept going. The old legs aren't creaking as much today so hopefully it wont be too long before things are back to normal

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Posted: Today at 12:33

Some great race reports guys, I hope you are all enjoying you resting up after your efforts at the weekend. Have any of you ventured out for a run yet ?

So, it's the Scottish contingent up next, are you all ready for it ? Ali, don't try and do to much to catch up for lost miles, just try and pick up your plan where you left off.

 Since Manchester, I have managed to short easy runs. I've felt pretty good and thankfully no aches or pains, even the stairs haven't been a challenge. When I have been running the legs didn't feel tired, they just felt different to before Manchester; I'm sure they will get back to normal soon enough.

I have a question for you experienced marathoners. I'm just wondering how quickly you start building back up your mileage. For the next couple of weeks I'm planning on running about 50% of my normal weekly amount and then start increasing it. I'm thinking about a local 50km in June but this is in only 2 months time, so basically I only have about 5 weeks of decent mileage available to me. Does the 'increase by no more than 10% per week' rule apply for after a marathon as well ? Obviously, I have got plenty of miles in my legs recently so am not averse to putting in some long runs in preparation for the 50km in June. Advice would, as usual, be most appreciated.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: Today at 08:57

Thanks everyone. 

Jeremy - hill sessions. Long gradual hills, short hill repeats or a combination if both ?

Booktrunk - thanks

Tricialitt - i struggled to eat any solid foods when training for a marathon, I stuck to liquids and gels. Any tips or is it just a case of having to force food down me ?

Spen - I've spent time around Edale etc over the last few months and it's a stunning place to run. Are you entering this year ?

Debra - thanks, I will compare the two plans (I haven't forgotten that it is you who got me in to this ultra running melarky !!). Are there any specific sessions I could do for training on decents, it's not something I've considered before ? What does your calender look like for this year ?

Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: Today at 08:46

AM - I've just been looking at my autumn marathon and have decided that Chester is the one. Have you run Chester before ? Looking at the course profile I would say it's about twice as 'hilly' as Manchester so should still be a course where you can go for a PB ?

Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 22:56

I did 4 miles earlier at a very sedate pace. No injuries or niggles which is obviously good but as AM said I think it will take a bit of time to get back to normal. My plans are more or less sorted: at first I just wanted to run a marathon to say I had done it. After enjoying Manchester so much I'm going back for more in the autumn and looking to crack the 3:30 mark. Hope everyone else is recovering well

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:20

Hi everyone

I've kept an eye on this thread over the last year or so but not really posted much. At the beginning of 2013 I started training for my first marathon, Manchester. I picked up an ITB issue so spent a lot of last year at the physio, stretching and rollering etc. I was unable to run at Manchester or at Chester later in the year due to the injury. Eventually, I got to the position where I was managing the injury ok so started another training plan in November 2013 with the intention of running at Manchester this year. The winter training went well so I set myself a target of 4:00 with a sneaky eye on 3:45. I ended up finishing in 3:36:41 last week and was chuffed to bits with it.

I live in Sheffield, on the outskirts of the Peak District, so a lot of my running is spent on the fells and moorlands. I did a few short, local fell races last year which I really enjoyed. I also ran the Lake Coniston trail half marathon. This year I have run the Grindleford Gallop which is a 21 mile fell/trail race with about 3000ft of ascent. So, the marathon box has been ticked and I now want to move on to some longer off road stuff. I have entered the Long Tour of Bradwell which is a 50km race in the Peak District (Bradwell, The Hope Valley, Kinder Scout, Edale) with about 7000ft of ascent. 

I'm starting to put together a training plan for for this race which is in August but I could do with a bit of help and advice from you guys. I'm spending the rest of April building back up slowly following the marathon and from May I am going to start my training in earnest. I believe on of the most important sessions, if not the most, is the back to back runs. A couple of questions I have are:

At what stage of my 14 week plan should I introduce the back to back runs ?

Due to other commitments, I think I am going to have to do the first (and shorter run) on a Friday with the second (and longer run) on the Saturday. Does it make any difference in which order I do the back to back runs, shorter run followed by the longer run or vice versa ?


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 20:29

Great running Canter, look forward to your report

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:29

Carl - well done on finishing, it must have been a right struggle after a fall but you had the mental strength and the balls to carry on and finish in a very respectable time. Sorry it wasn't your day and you didn't hit your target but your day will definitely come. Hang in there mate

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 13:35

Carl 3:57

Sean 3:38

great running boys !

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