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VM London Marathon Pacing

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

I had the pacers in mind as part of my marathon plan but this was completely blown apart when I was put in pen 9. My predicted finishing time was 4:30 although after training I was hoping for sub 4. Therefore I assumed I'd at least be in the pen with the 4:30 pacer. As it turned out I was no where near the 4:45 pacer and guessing the 5 hour pacer was startinig just behind me. Maybe just a on-off error by the organisers or would you expect 4:30 to be final pen?

Also, because I was trying to make up ground, it meant passing some of the pacers (a very tough task with the amount of people sticking like glue to them which is fair enough). However, I think because of the two different starts, I actually passed a 4:30 pacer at one point before passing a 4:45 pacer a bit further along so I was totally confused which pacers had started from the blue (like me) and which from the red. Maybe there was something to indicate this and I missed it, but maybe something to consider for future years as the 4:30 pacer on one start might cross the start line a lot later than the other start which seemed to be the situation last Sunday.

The Taper Is Here

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 08:32

Noooo - can feel the start of a cold with 6 days to go! Just a bit of a sore throat at the moment but that's how a full blown cold usually starts with me. I never usually take vitimins or anything but willing to try anything to stop it getting worse. I've read zinc is supposedly a good start - lozenges / pills?? Any advice??

London Marathon Runners and Supporters Thread

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:57

Another question whilst I'm on here. I was looking at driving to the Excel arena for the Expo. Just wondering if this is a sensible option for travel / parking on the Saturday. The Excel website suggests it's a maximum of £15 to park but it'd be more expensive for me and a couple of people coming with me to get from my hotel and back by train. Looking for the easiest option but will consider alternative if anyones had a nightmare getting there by car in the past. Looking at getting there around 11am on the Saturday

London Marathon Runners and Supporters Thread

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:48

Sorry - just posted this in the Taper thread but probably makes more sense here. For anyone who has run London before - what distance(s) have you ended up doing as I'm assuming it's almost impossible to run the racing line and therefore total distance run will be over 26.2. For anyone going for a certain time, it's something that needs to be considered as even half a mile more can mean the difference between needing to do just over 9mm to under 9mm if aiming for a sub 4 hour finish.

Also, not sure if I dreamt this, but thought I read somewhere there is actually a blue racing line on the course?

The Taper Is Here

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 12:41

Probably shouldn't ask - but just wondering how much distance the average person adds on to the distance during a marathon, and particularly London with the amount of runners? I'm pretty bad for weaving at the start / not taking the racing line to overtake and this and have ended up doing up to 0.5 mile more on a half marathon before. Obviously theres a chance the running app I use is slightly out although for shorter distances it seems to be spot on / very close.

Anyone like to share what their distances have been in past London Marathons? As already noted on here, it affects the pace needed to get a specific time. I'm going for sub 4 which I was thinking 9:05mm would be more than sufficient, but if we're talking a realistic distance of say 27 miles, then it goes to 8:50mm. 

Lucozade gels???

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 08:27

I've since found out it was something called elete. Website seems to suggest ultra runners use it. Don't think I'll bother with it, as surely with it being zero calories, you'd still need to take gels / drink lucozade or alternative anyway.

Lucozade gels???

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 11:51

bit off topic, but I did a half marathon yesterday were they had 'tasteless' electrolyte drinks? Is this just some kind of tablet / powder mixed with water or something you can actually buy in bottles? Pretty much all the usual flavoured sports drinks make me feel sick after a while so if this is just as beneficial then sounds like a good option 

Lucozade gels???

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 11:04

sorry to drag up an old thread but just wondering if anyone knows if they sell the new dual energy Lucozade gels in any supermarkets / shops rather than ordering off internet. I believe this is whats handed out in VLM so wanted to try them out beforehand.

Freaking OUT.

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:51

Cake - thanks for the input. Tapering - I was thinking I'd continue with 3-4 runs per week but maybe easier sessions during the week (difficult for me as I live in valley, so hills everywhere). Then long-run-wise, something like 12-14 miles 2 weeks before the marathon and no more than 10 miles the weekend before.

One other query. On my long runs to date, I've been averaging 9 minute miles which is what I'll be aiming for on the day (works out as 3:56). Given my Half Marathon pace is 7:30, running 90 seconds slower than that feels pretty comfortable (until the later miles at least). However, most schedules suggest the long run should be slower than marathon pace. Just wondering how much slower? I can't imagine slowing down to 10 minute mile pace plus it'd add 20 minutes to a 20 miler which surely doesn't help in terms of time on your feet.

Freaking OUT.

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:50

Sorry to hijack - but as there's a lot of good advice, I thought I'd throw my 'freaking out' worries into the mix which are a bit different to the opening post! I've also got a place for VLM and having had what I would say was a dissapointing first marathon attempt 3 years ago, I've ramped up the training this time.

For a bit of backround, my previous marathon time (3 years ago) was 5:04:08 but since then I've done 10 half marathons and regularly averaged 25 miles a week. My predicted marathon time is now 3:45ish according to some websites based on other PB's but I'd be estatic with 3:59:59.

My worry is I'm overdoing it in an attempt to boost my confidence for the marathon and not fall apart after just 16 miles like last time. Therefore I've already done 12, 19, 15 and 20 milers over the past 4 weekends with 2 midweek runs (usually speed / hills / or just extra mileage), and a recovery run the day after the long run. Is it advisable to continue hitting around 20 miles on the long run every other weekend? My plan was something like 15, 20, 14, 21, 15, 19, 14, 22 over the next 8 weekends before tapering. 

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