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I run really slow

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 19:21

It's not all about speed, sometimes it's about getting the job finished, well done for getting out there

I'm a plodder myself, keep going xx

Marlborough Downs Challenge 33

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 19:19

I did it last here, loved the route but unfortunately had a DQ on it as I finished after the time as got lost massively at around 24miles

Weather was really windy up by Cherwell monument but some lovely views with the white horse there

Would like to go back and revisit this event one day

Tight Quad

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 19:17

Have you tried a sports massage at all? They are great for loosening up muscles and getting rid of any little knotty niggles that are in the muscles 

Hurt like buggery but really really worth it 

Target Marathon Time and Pacing

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 19:01

I was always told that double your HM time and then add 20mins, and that does seem to have worked when I first started running marathons so see how that goes to give you something to aim for 

but above all enjoy the run, sometimes if you aim for a time then you end up getting disappointed, use it to give you a rough guide but above all go out to finish and enjoy it otherwise you will end up not enjoying the whole first marathon experience and if you're doing Paris you want to enjoy the whole experience, Paris is a great place to run a marathon 

London marathon - blue and red starts- how strict?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 19:53

I've had various friends that have got into pens together with different coloured numbers on, easier for both to get into red pens as blue is ballot and club places where as red ( apart from very front ) tends to be for charity

they all went to red pens, got there early went in the red and blue areas and then the blue numbers walked over to the red area and got in the red pens 

Failing that there is a place where the 2 starts merge together, I've seen alot of people waiting around to meet up with various runners, usually at the 3 mile marker as it's easy to see as it has a balloon arch 

good luck and hope that you manage to sort it out

Energy gels??

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 19:47

try Torq gels more expensive but they are meant to be made by natural ingredients, the rhubard and custard flavour tastes really yummy 

otherwise try some babyfoods sachets I have used rice with peaches and apples, or bananas and apples, found in most supermarkets and don't irritate the stomach

the other gels I've used are the nectar fuel systems gel, they used to sell them in decathlon ( not sis gels ) but not seen them for ages so get them online now

2 Marathons in 7 weeks - whats the best way to train inbetween the two

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 12:21

Not sure if you are after a fast time but the Kent RR is a great pb course and I'd say more likely to get one there than London as it's so busy ( but that's just my opinion, I am sure someone will prove me wrong lol ) 

Enjoy both of them, 2 very different races but love both of them ( ps I'm doing them too ) so see you there

London Marathon Place Nightmare...

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 12:18

not sure how big the charity is but all the places for charities have to be submitted by Feb 2nd The charity has to give the details to the vlm and the email address of runners ( there is a log in page ) 

then the log in page automatically submits the email to the runners reminding them that they have the deadline to submit their vlm details if they don't do it by the deadline date unfortunately they assume that you don't want the place 

It's hard for charities to know and keep on an eye on runners if they have submitted their details as they do not get any notification of a runner submitting details The only way I think they may be able to tell is back on the log in page but as I've not had a runner who hasn't submitted their details after the deadline I haven't had that scenario come up

as others have suggested best bet would be to go for another marathon from teh 100marathonclub list so that all the money raising hasn't been done in vain

Windermere Marathon

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 12:33

I've done this twice, as dearly wanted to enter this again this year but it was not to be but will be coming along on the day as I know a few of the 10 in 10'er this year 

It is a truly beautiful race, so scenic, I got goosebumps at mile 20 when you run down to Bowness on Windermere 

however it is HILLY so do make sure  you train as you may find it hard going and it would be a shame to hate it as it's a really beautiful  marathon

There is a wicked hill at mile 7 that seems to go on and on and on, last year they had a bagpipe player and it was great as you could hear it in the distance and it really helped ( it wasn't there the year before or the year before that ) 

The other really bad hill ( lots of little hills all the way round ) is at mile 21, known as Ice cream mountain as there is an icecream van at the top of it ( yes I've took some money and bought an icecream too ) 

Remember as you come over the little footbridge heading back to Brathay ( a little hill to finish ) to tickle the otters belly on the left after the footbridge for good luck

The run back into the grounds of Brathay after climing that last hill is fabulous and a really good atmopshere

Make sure you stay around for the presentation of the all the 10 in 10ers after, you meet some truly inspirational people there

London Marathon Runners and Supporters Thread

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 12:25

finally managed to log on

looking forward to seeing the RW supporters 

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