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The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 11:22
Good luck to all the guys who are running tomorrow in VLM, have a great race and great day.

SM looks a good plan, go for it!

Tei good luck tomorrow hope it goes well.

7 m at LR run pace this morning, rest tomorrow, as for Gels take one every 30 mins after the start so usualy take 5.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 19:38
Tek well done on the 9 for the day.

NN not long now, keep the faith.

SM enjoy whatever you have do.

6 m easy tonight, nice out there.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 22:50
MG7 good work on the hills , got to help overall

Gaz nice easy run, taper madness !

NP well,done in your run earlier, will you not do a couple of miles on Saturday? Did a couple last Saturday myself to follow the plan and I really cant say it made any difference apart from a little mental boost.

Tek good run and like the signs of progress, well done .

NN sounds great news on the bouncy legs, a really nice way to head into the weekend.

Stewart good to hear the legs are okay.

SM good MLR earlier in the sun, I am looking forward to the spring and summer training weather now.

Well the days of non running didnt last, a nice and easy 3 m at lunch in the sun as I felt the legs would benefit a little and have to say that they feel fairly well for it. Will do 4 or 5 easy tomorrow night.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:17
Tek good brisk run earlier and double yesterday.

NN hope the heel is okay, mind playing taper games?

Stewart glad to hear the legs are recovering okay.


No run today, busy work day and for the best.
Away tomorrow night with work so will get out Thursday night, no point in rushing back.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 15:29
MG7 well done on your run and the rock climbing, nice strength and core work

Stewart great report, respect for digging in over the closing miles !

Tek good combo yesterday and weeks mileage

Sundown sure you will be fine, just a case of being sensible with the pace .

SM thanks, yes it should be GFA as long as they dont alter the times.

Well nothing like a good walk up down the old cobbles of Zurich old town for a few hours to get the legs moving overall they feel fine and hope to be do a few gentle miles tomorrow or Wednesday. Apologies for the awful grammar / spelling in the report

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 16:47
Joe super stuff, another sub 3

Stewart well done on your PB as well, look forward to the report.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 15:59
Rubbish - last bit of post goes missing, try again.

So my A goal of 3.10 had now gone so just pushed last mile in 6.59 with plenty more runners being picked off. Crossed the line in 3.12:13 for a new PB by just under 4 mins, soon found Mrs G for water and then a beer which tasted dam good.

Overall a great marathon with the best course I have done very fair and fast .
organisation was pretty good with plenty of water stops out on the course, scenery is stunning and crowd support good so overall I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it , just bring a fat wallet!

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 15:50
Zurich 2015 Report

Well after a good winter of training the race seemed to come round very quickly, arrived in Zurich lunchtime Friday so plenty of time to check the race out and area out. Having done Stockholm it was not a great surprise of the cost of everything here. The city although very expensive works like clockwork and is very friendly.

Hotel was ideally situated close to the expo and a handy tram stop into town, only downside was oir room which was really warm so had two rubbish nights sleep on friday and saturday.

Spent saturday taking it easy after a couple of miles to get the legs turning over ready for raceday.

Raceday - with a 8.30 start it was a 6 am wakeup followed by breakfast then over to the expo to get a free shuttle bus down into town. Got down there for 7.50 so plenty of time for a warm up but had to drop my bag first which was a bit tricky as all the signs were in swiss. 15 mins later i was told to head to the start area after little time for a warm up. The weather was about 5 oc with clear blue skies and no wind so perfect for me. I did fear what would be store later once things warmed up.

Made my way to my pen which was a bit of lottery as no one was policing what runners went where. I had decided that I would aim for 7.15 - 7.20 per mile pace for at least the first half and see from there. The first 5-6 miles where through the city centre, great crowds very very noisy with lots and cow bells and chanting like you hear on ski sunday. The course profile was pretty flat which was nice to know in the back of the mind, always tricky when you dont know the course I think.

Got on the pace from the off with it being a bit narrow in places, first 5 mile splits- 7.21 7.19 7.19 7.12 7.09 . After leaving the city the course followed the banks of lake Zurich which looked stunning in the sun, the course went out following the shoreline before turning back towards the city. At this point i was feeling good with conditions still cool and still.

Mile splits to half way - 7.18 7.16 7.15 7.19 7.21 7.20 7.23 7.14 , so to mile 13 in about 1.36 which was a little bit behind my A goal.

The views were still great and was feeling okay to enjoy the snowy mountain tops and and fab lake.

Was happy to turn and head from home although the wind was now picking up and we were heading right i to it ! Next 5 m Splits show it , 7.19 7.16 7.23 7.23 7.22 7.25 although not a major slow down I was trying pretty hard.

Mangaged to hook up with a about 6 others to run as group which helped a bit but I somehow ended up at the front taking the buffering with no one wanting to take a turn, maybe a bit of naivety on my part.

Could now see the city in the distance with another 8 to go, the temperature was now going up but still not an issue fortunately. With the city in looming closer i decided to try and push a wee bit and leave the group and see if any followed.

Next couple of M in 7.14 7.15, now getting close to the city still trying to maintain the pace with no thought yet of trying to really push it.

With just under 5 m left I was going as hard as I could, didnt have the confidence to up the pace just yet, crowds were put in force in the city which was great.

Now feeling a bit warm bit legs were not yet in bits but knew they were heading that way, next 2 m in 7.20 7.18 , noticing the spits I just hoped that there was no great crash in the next 3 .2 .

Thought sod it nothing ventured so just tried to force the pace as best I could , 7.12 and 7.25,seemed to go by quickly, was blowing by now big time and running on my own vut was picking off plenty of other runners which was good.

Now entered the last 1.2 m and legs were hurting, temp was warm but still had pace, knew that my A goal of 3.10 was o

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 12:06
That was a good one, most enjoable yet and a new PB @ 3.12.13. Will bore you all later with details

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 06:07
Raceday here in Zurich, 8.30 start , weather cold and still, so not to bad at all although could warm up a bit later.

Good luck to all other racers, enjoy !
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