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Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:58

Hi Carter & Cake, it would be an easy one the Rivington Pike race 3.2 miles 700 ft of ascent, weather looks good, quite dry conditions. I am from Horwich and my brother lives on the route and I'll be there this Saturday, no match at the Reebok, so no excuse. Oh and I said on many occasions that I've never do something so stupid,looking on Youtube seems I'll be in good company, l need to start doing some hills as my autumn aim is SNOD. I was brought up near the Pennines so I'm well used to hill walking.

Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:50

Hi Tish marathons hey, look after yourself first and foremost.

I did three short runs last week 3, 4 & 6 felt OK, I completed a local 5 mile race last night in 37.07 a 15 sec pb over last year that was run prior to the marathon last year I was not confident even thought about not doing it, which baffles me as my Manchester marathon was 13 mins slower than last year but I felt the training and fitness was better than last year. Oh and I'm one year older. So I'm putting it down to life and moving on to my next mad idea, which could be a fell race on Saturday.

I Like Chester a good event with a couple more hills than Manchester but not enough to spoil your day, Sandy Lane is the bit that gets you ate the end, well recommended though.

Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 08:14

Bev was that you in the fluorescent yellow top with blond hair, who scooted past me like I was in lead boots, around 14/15 miles whilst commenting on those still to reach half way, you were making it look ridiculously easy. I was quite unkempt in orange by that time. If it was you, you didn't have an hair out of place and was even looking fresh like you was out for a stroll.

Rockin, I'm with you and will learn, can't say I was under prepared, didn't think my pace was too fast to start with but the legs didn't work as instructed, up and on.

I will venture to the gym tomorrow for gentle cross training, then a jog later in the week, with a parkrun Saturday, short amble Sunday then watch VLM on the telly.

Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:29

well done to all  plenty of pb's, gutted for you tish.

I managed 4.08 I started in front of the 4 pacer who came past just before 20 miles, I knew I was slowing and no way I could keep it going, so it was a run/walk last 6 miles, started getting cramp at 24. I'm still pleased I did it, so I will wear the t-shirt and medal with pride. It's still a marathon which is no mean feat. I was13 mins slower than last year but I gave it all I had on the day that's marathons for you.

It's still a good race, except water pouches and results. I don't think I'll do it again as there are other marathons. I have to reconsider the training plan and refocus on a new challenge. White Peak marathon in May for me next, no time in mind, no pressure, just for the experience.


Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 20:33

Bags packed off first thing tomorrow, treating Mrs SKD to a trip to Wigan, walking the streets looking for Uncle Joe or at least a meat pie and barm cake butty, it's traditional, perfect pre race prep. Then off to the theatre of broken dreams the Reebok hotel.

I'm 9332 wearing orange and a bin bag pre race.

On chatting I usually pick on those who look round as I'm approaching with something like hows it going or some other small talk as the mood takes me, you have been warned.

Carb loading similar to many, pasta, rice etc. Sunday night will be different with lashings of beer. Monday AM hotel pool recovery that's the plan.

Sunday lets do it.

Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 07:32

Best wishes Kirsty hope your girl is soon feeling better, car is probably best as you can stop whenever you need to, take it easy, only you know best.

I stopped at two children, Mrs SKD said it hurt too much, still we are blessed, our Calpol days are behind us. My favourite DVD I meant kids favourite Lion King.

Our kids are in their 20's and still a worry, that's life.

Hope everyone else has got their mojo ready for Sunday at 9.00AM.

Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:44

Well said Kirsty - wear your medal with pride, I still like last years t-shirt which says "Manchester Marathon 2013 FINISHER", the medal was seriously big.

The last 6 miles, the pain, the determination, the motivation and the crowds did help me not stop, when they called your name, just to get to the finishing line, bliss. As they say pain is temporary, pride is permanent or something similar

I have a couple of DNF's one was a marathon due to injury and Pontefract parkrun in a gale force wind which was in your face, just couldn't get my breath and then thought what am I doing this for, there's always next week, so I stopped turned round and went home.

Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:00

Hi just back from Iceland well recommended, so it was a bit of cross training at the Blue Lagoon on Sunday, it did occur to me that I would be in Frank Sidebottom land in a week. Iceland was good for the sole but a bit too much having a good time (Polar beer) for the perfect marathon prep. As others on the forum have said and proved there's other things in life that are more important.

Final proper run today then a short jog on Friday. I will be looking to follow the 4hour pacer see how it goes but not too start off too quickly, the realistic target is under 4 hours, sub 3.55 would be a pb, one can hope, it goes well on the day.

Most importantly enjoy yourself, it was a great atmosphere last year I hope Manchester can live up to their high standards this year.

Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 13:17

Rockin, forgot about cyclists I'll add them to my list, so it's only runners, walkers, bird watchers and fishermen left. Carter I like dogs generally, on certain routes it's just that there's too many, some only, the owners could see their beauty, I know it's the minority of owners, who don't have much going on up top and let the side down and why should they stop at one or two when you can have four. Is there really 10 million dogs in this country, there everywhere.

I will be using a gel with caffeine at some point, I don't know about a week without a nice brew, I have thought of the flavoured herbal varieties. On the carbs I do like some pasta as a treat it's traditional.


Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 06:58

Just four short runs this week longest 6 miles, with the lighter mornings three of the runs were off road in the countryside, much better than the tarmac, quite pleasant and enjoyable.

Wouldn't the countyside be better without dogs spoiling it for everyone, leaving it for us runners who can appreciate it unhindered?

I have read somewhere that the final week should be caffeine free then caffeine boost near the end of the marathon, anyone follow this and did it work?

No running this weekend, two shortish runs mid week then packing for Manchester.

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