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Edinburgh Marathon

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 15:47

Thanks guys; it was warm though not much different from London in April which I cruised around (was using it as a training run for EMF) and was only 4 minutes slower, amazing how 2 marathon experiences can be so different!! Mind you, I took a camelbak back with Electrolyte in that race and didn't for this one, perhaps that was also a factor to think about. My Heart Rate was a fair bit higher than usual which suggested pre-existing fatigue.

No matter how many marathons you do they still surprise (and challenge) you, you think you have worked out how to run them and then you have a bad one, and question how you ever did your PB! That's what makes them so tough but also addictive! I was also looking for the next marathon to do, but I have an Ultra in August so have to get through that first. 

@Cbo - yes, enjoyed the city and also got engaged in the shadow of Arthur's Seat the evening of the marathon so the bad running experience soon become secondary! 



Edinburgh Marathon

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:03

Well done everyone; I'm one who was dissapointed and found it tough - legs gave way after 18 and had to resort to run/walk from 20-25, first time ever in this my 7th marathon! Managed to keep running for the last mile as the support picked up and did 3:44, 20 minutes outside my target, with a huge positive split! Can't put my figure on what went wrong, maybe too much sight-seeing the day before, but I think I have to put it down to a bad day on tired legs from many months of training. On a better day I can see the PB potential in that course but not sure I will be returning to Edinburgh.

Thought it was largely well organised apart from that crazy long walk to the shuttle bus. Very nice chunky medal and I do like the tech t-shirt. Goody bag was spot on, with not too much garbage to carry around with you.

Edinburgh Marathon

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 16:43

i keep marathon morning breakfast fairly light (probably cup of tea & toasted bagel with jam) + it's also good to get it in 2-3 hours before you run. I usually pop an immodium around this time as well, just to be on the safe side..! 

Edinburgh Marathon

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 10:04

Re: Carb Loading - I'm on my final day of carb depletion and will carb load from tomorrow. Apparently if you deplete carb stores early in the week then load, you absorb the new carbs better.

During pre-marathon week I use a (free) iphone app called My Fitness Pal - and scan the barcode on the food packet to keep track of how much I'm eating and the carb intake. Ideally you don't want to eat too much, i.e. over your daily calorie intake but make sure the carb intake is a sufficiently high proportion (~75% of intake vs Protein and Fat). For average runners (we're generally leaner than the most) you want to aim for around 500-600g of carb on Thursday + Friday. Saturday you can carb up too but try & finish the loading by around 6pm.

I've spent a fair amount of time in supermarket aisles check nutrition values. High carb foods would include: Bagels (w/Raisins), Pancakes (w/raisins), Oatcake (taste like cardboard but high source), Potato Cakes, Malt Loaf, Pitta Bread, Crackers & of course Pasta/Rice (Brown varieties best).

Good luck!


Edinburgh Marathon

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 13:06

Had a super trail 16 miler on Saturday morning with a progressive-recovery 10k last night. Resting today with a bit of core tonight to keep my mind occupied. Nice tip about the shelter Hillheader - I'll bear that in mind on the day.

Edinburgh Marathon

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:31

My first Edinburgh and a PB shot (under 3:24 will be party time); I did my 3rd London a couple of weeks ago and am still in recovery mode, survived a very painful 20 last Saturday. 16 this weekend. Just wondering about the spectator bus, presume that's the easiest way for my partner to get down to the finish? Is it well organised?

Thanks & taper well!

Edinburgh Marathon

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 16:03

Hi all, just started following this thread - I am signed up for my Edinburgh marathon which will be my 6th 26.2miler, looking forward to the opportunity to go for a PB (3:24) which I did in Berlin over 2 years ago and failed to get close to it at VLM and Halstead this year despite training very hard last winter/spring.

I've used (& recommend) Hal Higdon training plans all the way through my Novice - Intermediate II. I might change tack slightly for next year though as I'm also venturing into the world of Ultramarathons and doing a 48 miler in August which will be my first, very nervous about that but Edinburgh will be good training for it!

@Gary - have you looked at 'Eat and Run' by Scott Jurek? I've just started it and will try and improve my diet over the coming months based on that (perhaps after Xmas!) - he's an amazing Ultra runner.


Edinburgh Marathon 2013

Posted: 07/11/2012 at 12:24

I've signed up for this event next year as I wanted a relatively flat marathon to go for my PB. It will be my 6th marathon, having done London x2, Berlin, Paris and Halstead & Essex (highly recommended rural run). My PB was in Berlin a couple of years ago and I agree with SweatySock it's a must do for slick organisation and an ultra fast course - although you can't beat London for atmosphere, Paris sits somewhere in the middle for me. I have relatives in Edinburgh and I've been to the city lots of times so really for me it's about the run. Will think about Amsterdam in the Autumn as well.

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 10:39

I would be interested Laura, I'm in the same position as I was 2 years ago it seems!!


Windsor Half Marathon 7th October 2012

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 15:01

Thanks Moira. Sounds good, I'll take it. Let me know offline how we can arrange this. My email is elliot_worth@dsl.pipex.com

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