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Berlin Marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 00:19

Hi everyone. Brilliant weekend in Berlin, great city fully recommend.

run update for me, very good run with my second best ever time.

i ran a negative split as planned and came home in 3:38:05

wasnt going to take any risks with knee and it held up ok (helped by lots of pills) nearly got cramp at mile 18 but gels ans drink helped. An amazing marathon would fully recommend to anyone. Now rest see how I recover and on Friday/Saturday make a decision about York Marathon.

hope everyone else enjoyed it and didn't find it too hot. Look forward to reading posts.

now a nice week off and a lie in tomorrow. 


Berlin Marathon

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 16:46

good first day in Berlin- nice and early arrival/expo done walked around to start/finish area. Carboload lunch and relax in hot sunny weather!!!! Relaxing now before another carboload dinner meeting friends in Berlin.

hotel full of marathon runners- great position. 

Hope everyone ok.


Berlin Marathon

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 19:29

COYS- I don't think you have to sign up just turn up.

beetle- gutted for you but you are 100% doing the right thing. Enjoy the weekend and remember there are plenty of races in the future.

my week has been a good one in terms of running. Went Sunday/Tuesday/Today and feeling ok. I know my knee will hurt badly at some point on the course I just hope it's as near to the end as possible. Taking the usual pills with me for the day so hopefully numb the pain.

I've  just finished a 6 day stretch at work so now finished and travelling early tomorrow to Berlin. Then I have a week of next week to recover spend time with the wife and relax. If anyone else is setting off tomorrow from Luton airport at the ridiculous time of 6am please let me know????????????????????????????????

happy running.

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 10:37

Great running everyone- msE don't worry about a cold, vit c and paracetamol will do the trick. 

I didnt go spinning today and there is nothing to gain this week. So just my run on Tuesday and Thursday to look forward to. Since Saturday very conscious of what I'm eating and drinking this week. strated a slow carbo load in terms of mid morning snack is now either malt loaf or bagel/jam instead of biscuits. Not going to go to heavy on the pasta front until the Saturday. Have restaurant booked by the charity I'm running with which is great news.

happy running/eating/resting

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:24

Last LSR done Just under 10m with 3 at MP. No new concerns knee was ok and only played up in last half mile when I slowed down Which is strange. A couple of ibuprofen  per day up until Friday should help. 

spinning tomorrow/Very easy 6m run Tuesday/then final very easy Run Thursday with a few strides to keep legs awake. 

Travel early Friday and I'm not going to start carbo loading until then as previous times I have started to early and fel bloated at start line

off to work now, happy running everyone

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 21:39

Beetle- I'm down for 2 marathons Berlin & York however York will be a "fun run" 

nicole- really sorry to hear about your injury. The only thing you can do is rest and very short walk/run. Try and relax and think positive.

pcleapsy- Really impressive running I can only dream of running that fast.

my last LSR tomorrow going out very early for about 8/10m at easy pace with a couple of miles at MP.

good luck for your last long runs if you haven't already done it.

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 20:08

Well Thursday evening run done. 7m average pace 8:30 per mile, knee still a bit dodgy but didn't stop me running really well. Speed good/ breathing good in fact all good apart from me getting paranoid about my knee. Started putting gels with I levee on it and will do this up to race day. 

Next run not until Sunday last LSR

happy running

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:26

Hi Nicole Woods 2- sorry to hear of your injuries. Only thing I can say is keep positive I know with my knee it is on my mind all the time. 

im taking my Asics (not sure number or style) for there last outing as I've done all my long runs in them and did the MK marathon in them. After that I'm going to ditch them and then I need to buy 2 new pairs 1 for long and 1 for short/med. might buy at the expo as sometimes good deals on if not ive got some discount vouchers for a couple of sports stores. As ive got York marathon 2 weeks later going to need to break in new shoes straight away.

going out in about 1 hour 7mile steady although going with a friend who is a lot fitter and quicker than me.

might post later how I got on or tomorrow 


Berlin Marathon

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 22:27

MsE good suggestion ref k tap I've never tried it and wouldn't know where/how to put on. Do they sell it in running stores? Or may be at the expo. Went spinning today and all ok although I can still feel it. I think next week I'm going to use gels all week to rub in and take tablets on the friday, Saturday and the day of the race. 

Big bertie- us runners will try anything for a PB!!!

beetle- The 13m was a good boost and also reminded me of 2 things, start of steady and you feel great after the first 4miles, stop for drink, walk with it and drink then run of slowly and back into pace. I always do it in training but for some reason not in races!!!!


Berlin Marathon

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:46

WOW- just a few days not posting and boom lots of chat to catch up on. Well done everyone some really impressive last LSR out there and you all seem a lot more organised than me. 

Ive had a good week considering what happened the prev Sunday with my knee. I have been very sensible and did an easy 5m, spinning class, good steady 7m and then on Sunday a brilliant 13m with last 5m at MP and I did my stopping/walking  every 3m for drink as practice for big day. Walking and drinking really helped as it was a hot day and it made me get proper fluids down me. I reckon i only lose about 20/30 sec max by doing this but the. Benefits are huge.

my knee is not perfect and I'm very conscious about it so I'm again not going to do anything stupid in the next 2 weeks. Planning on spinning class tomorrow followed by easy run Wednesday followed by Steady run Thursday and spinning on Saturday. sounds a lot but the time/distance is low compared to what I was doing.

intresting reading about start, I haven't done a really busy city marathon for a while so that. could be frustrating or may be good in controlling the start.

got my email and as I'm going with 209 sports tours I got all the info from them as well.

good luck everyone with this weeks training, take it steady as the hard work is done and now it's the mental side that takes overl.


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