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How long is a marathon?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:38

Reemanator - I do that too, calculate my target pace for slightly over the distance. 

London this year my Garmin measured 26.5 miles. I found it more crowded than the previous time and felt like I was weaving a lot more. 

Longest run in marathon training

Posted: Yesterday at 01:18

From a purely psychological perspective I think there's always a case for going 'over distance' in training and have done so numerous times in half marathon training. 

I've never gone beyond past 23 miles in marathon build up. I've ran 7 marathons and have had a similar experience as you describe in 2 of them. I'm not sure if me training further than 26 miles would have changed this though. There are so many variables in a marathon race that can affect performance and can spark a chain reaction of negative thoughts which may lead to a melt down. 

I think to have any psychological benefit you'd have to run 27 miles regularly, so that the actual 26.2 race is the norm. Bit of a simplistic answer, but that's how I see it. 

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 21:48

Cracking ParkRun, Scott.

My first little run post-London today. Did a recce for a forthcoming trail race along IoM coastal footpath. Spent a lot of time in the car, looking at map, investigste a small section on foot, back in car and so on. Nice weather for it though. 

Best of luck, AWC, Ramjet and Hilly. Go like the clappers! 

What do you do with you race medals?

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 21:31

Little Bob - I did a half marathon in the heat/humidity of Florida whilst on my holibobs, just because I liked the medal. It was epic. Too computer illiterate to post pic. 

Nell, I keep some race bibs and write my finish time on the back too.

The rest of my medals I have on a medal hanger, along with daughter's dancing medals and dog's obedience rosettes! 

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 20:49

Darn, I cocked up the quotey thing - again! 

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 20:48
Madbee wrote (see)
Oh come on, I can't be the only one with the mind of a 12 year old boy on the thread!

Nope, I'm one of those too, Mad, just haven't had time to post! 
Tom, I had a similar groin issue a coulple of years ago - it radiated from the edge of my fluffy bits, down my inside leg. Kept me out of action for about 3 months and then I got fed up of waiting, so ignored it. It just disappeared. Bit weird really, because months of rest/taking it easy didn't help. Hope yours is not so troublesome.


P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:53

Love the race report, Menn. And perfect timing for a sub 3!

I love a good mid-race punch up. Some woman got a bit nowty with me, but I resisted the temptation to thump her and just gave her the V sign. 

Reg, good powers of deduction. 

Chick, get yourself some bamboo silica. It's good for bones.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 22:04

McFlooze - I wondered why people were commenting but I couldn't see anything. I had you on 'ignore'...not idea how that happened! Sorry you suffered, but a PB can't be sniffed at. 

I saw the same guy as you on the right, in a tunnel/underpass. They were working away on him, so that must have been a good while later. Not sure why he'd not gone in an ambulance. But then, it was probably mayhem trying to get through traffic. As you said, it puts all our running woes into perspective. 


P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:17

Sorry to hear about the stress fracture, Chick. My friend had one, recovered and went on to PB. Hope for you yet.

Good health to you SGB, hope you can keep running. 

I might be the slow girl of the thread, but I overtook 925 runners, nine hundred and twenty five, I tell thee! I'm pretty blummin chuffed with that. Unless I started with the 5 hour runners by accident 

Re the congestion we all seemed to experience - I wonder how feasible it is and what difference it would make to introduce wave starts a la some other marathons? 

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 07:39

I overtook 925 people in the last 7k, got overtaken by 60. no wonder I was getting annoyed with people for getting in my way, I was pushing 900 odd of them over 

I love reading about others' experiences in the race reports, so keep 'em coming.

Brilliant one-eyed running Reg (forgot to mention it earlier).

I'm buzzing - not just for myself, for us all. I know some are a bit disappointed/dissolutioned (Westy/McF/Koala), but on the whole, we've collectively put in a sterling performance. 

Shame we don't know how Ferg is - he was supposed to be doing London, right? 

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