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manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 20:15
Boom. Previous PB 4:31:54... Target time 4:15... decided to try and stay in front of 3:58 pacer on the day and didn't see him throughout. Chip time 3:50:34... FORTY ONE minute PB. Beyond excited. Definitely my proudest running result to date at any distance.

Great course. Great support. Will I be back? Never say never.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 11:17

Caz - I think your Edinburgh marathon buddy Fiona is keen to go for a drink afterwards so we might be popping in.

Idiot-proof watch

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 11:15

They beep / vibrate at each mile or kilometer depending on what setting you have it on to indicate what your split is and you can display pace you're running at. Pretty sure most versions have the beep / vibrate function to indicate going to fast / slow if setting it to a particular pace.

Idiot-proof watch

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 10:13

Either what Keith said or if you really want an actual watch then worth looking out on Amazon for deals. Now and again they'll have an older Garmin version going cheap which will more than cover what you want.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 10:09

Jokeybhoy - your race number should have a colour - Green is 3:30-3:59 so hopefully you've got that.

Glad to hear past measurements have been close if not slightly under the distance. As others have said, it's officially UKA measured and they haven't had complaints of a short course so that's good enough for me. Just glad people haven't recorded half a mile over or 27.1 like I did in London last year. Again, could have been Garmin / running app error but obviously any extra distance adds time.

Eat / Drink strategy for me - gel after 1 hour and then every 50 minutes so only intend taking 4 or 5. Sip water in between (minimal) and going to take High 5 tab for bottle of water in final miles. Maybe a couple of jelly babies if being offered.

Really hope current BBC weather prediction comes true, 7 to 10 degrees would be perfect. Looking forward to it. 

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 12:02

I'm in the no running day before camp as well although a lot of marathon training schedules seem to say about doing 2 miles and I'm sure lots still do their regular parkrun. With other races, I've found doing a 5K the day before has helped but there's a big difference between races (generally HM or less) and a marathon.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 09:30

Not getting to excited that the weather might actually be that for Sunday just yet but really hope so.

JJ - I'm going opposite on the beauty regimes, not actually sure when it started, but been letting beard grow at least a couple of months. Now mainly just an excuse when the wife tells me to have a shave I'm going with 'it's my marathon beard' and I'll shave it off after Sunday.

Couple of miles with club with lengthy warm up / cool down routine and lots of stretching. Very easy jog planned for Thursday and that'll be it.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 14:52

Congrats AlanB - my wife had our twins boys last July - she's extremely understanding as if anything I've done more running and races since!

Seeing as people are eleborating on future race plans I couldn't resist sharing more details.. as well as parkrun every weekend I'm looking at 2 x 5 milers, 2 midweek 5K's and either Preselli Beast or Beast of Bryn (15 mile mountain race) in May... Swansea HM in June... Wyre Forest HM in July... Cardiff Penath-run Challenge in August (a 5K, XC, 10K, HM and 1 mile over 2 days adding marathon distance in total with results being cumulative time over the 5 events), Cardiff 10K and Bristol HM in Sept, Cardiff HM and SNOWDON Marathon in October, at least one more HM and a couple of 10K's in Nov / Dec. Then 2016 - looking at Vale 30 mile Ultra I mentioned yesterday but then sticking with half marathons or shorter. 

VLM 2015 expo question

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 09:14

the magazine suggests it'll take ages if you go on Saturday but last year I turned up about 1pm and there was no queue at all to get my number. I think I might have been lucky although there wasn't more than 4 or 5 in the other queues. The expo itself was very busy. As literatin said, it's not that exciting really. Still worth a quick look around - don't get too tempted to try loads of the various energy food / drinks on offer just in case they upset your stomach. Worth visiting Runners World stand to see what pacers are your pen. Lucozade stand have pacing wrist bands that you can wear yourself or give to family members so they can estimate what time your likely to pass certain points.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 09:06

Only a short one, but planning on doing Pentyrch Hill Race 9 days after Manchester - 7 mile fell race with a couple of unrunable hills. I always have at least 4 or 5 races booked at any one time and pretty much have the rest of 2015 planned and even starting on 2016 plans.

Have to agree with comments that 20 miles in only 'half way' and like Gary, I will be constently reminding myself that if I can just keep it to a slow jog it'll be minutes faster than if I end up walking which is what has happened on my only 2 marathons to date.

Apologies if I missed this in race booklet / elsewhere, but does anyone know where the 3:58 / 3:59 / 4:00 pacers will start? The Green pen is 3:30-3:59 so would assume the back of there... or front of the next one? Don't really want to start in front of them. I know I'm leaving this very late, but still haven't decided on race pace / strategy. I'm not going to say what it is, but my half marathon time suggests I should easily go sub 4 hours but my PB is 4:31 from last year (when my HM PB was pretty much the same). So I'm not sure whether I take it easy and ensure I manage to get round without walking and hopefully get 4:15ish.. or do I go for broke and what I should be capable of and go with a 4:00 / 3:59 pacer from the start?!

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