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Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 21:51

The photos are up... Time to relive the joy/horrors

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 16:56

Well done to everyone who ran PBs today. Sub 2:45 for MG15 is an amazing result and Dachs is in a different league. I am sure without the nasty headwind you would have a 2:3x time to your name.

Great run Jamie - was this your first marathon? If so I am sure there is lots more to come.

Today was not ideal running conditions with the mix of rain, wind, sun and mud but it certainly was a great race with superb marshals. The shower at the end was blissfull - I hope everyone managed to get pipping hot water.

I ran 3:01. Which I was happy with considering I was only able to get 4 weeks of run training before the marathon. I had thought I was going to run sub 3 up until about 23 miles then after a losing 15s decided to just try and enjoy the last few miles - pretty sure I didn't enjoy them though!

 

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 15:49

The best atmosphere would be the 5/14/23 bit as lots of people hang about there plus they can cheer you on 3 times. Parking shouldn't be much of an issue assuming they get there before the runners.

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 15:46

The industrial estate would be good as they could sit in car and get out just before you arrived. The estate is pretty dull and never many supporters until you get to the fetch water station - which is usually very loud!!! 

Ask them to cheer us all!

 

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 11:36

Sounds like everyone is getting excited. I am sure those with niggles will be OK and the odd ache or pain will be forgotten once the race starts.... We will all be grumbling when climbing the steps at the end to get a tea and biscuit!

I am sure all first timers have been given loads of advice so the only thing I want to add is to make sure you take it easy for the first half at least. It feel so easy at the start but the last few miles can be tough  . most importantly have fun!!

Good luck everyone.

 

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 08:07

Yes Old Shadowfax is right it is a compacted path but I expect there will be few puddles. Also on the loop at mile 13 and 22 there is a 500m bit along a path which could be a little muddy.

Mmh weather could be wet and windy 

 

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 20:09

Steve - lots of parking a 5/10 min walk away so no problem. The race starts on the track. We do 300m then leave by a gate and head to the main road. As there are about 800 runners it gets a little congested but it probably only adds a few seconds so nothing to worry about. Once we get on the main road it is all good going until about 3 miles where there is a mile on along a mud footpath where passing can be a bit of an issue but by that stage the field is spread out and most are running at their planned pace.

 

I have done that race 6 times before and it is really well organised that is why I don't mind getting up before 5am to drive up from London every year!

 

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 07:56

No in cups though therethere is usually lucosade at mile 14 and 21.

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 18:07

Well done the racers. Nice 10k MG15 and amazing half RR.

I stuck to my tried and tested run a week out and did 10 miles with 2 at marathon pace - which felt ok. It was a bit of a shock to run in the rain on Sunday, it doesn't often happen.

Zirion - I normally run with 3 gels in my hand and have one in my pcoket. I usually don't even bother getting the one in the pocket out but it is nice to know it is there. I find if I tape all 3 gels together then they are easy to carry and I peel one off at mile 7 and 14 wheni need them. I am also pretty happy carrying a bottle in my hand - it is not as if I need my hands to do much whilst running

 

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 20:09

Zirion - I think you did the right think to avoid giving blood so close to the marathon. You need all the red blood cells you've built up during training to carry the oxygen around during the marathon. I think it takes more than 3 weeks to get back to the level you were before unless you use Lance Armstrong's doctor where he could pump it all back in the day before.

As for running in the last week, I will do 10 miles on Sunday with probably 2 at marathon pace then I will run 2 or 3 times during the week but no more than 4 miles. In each run I will do  a few bits of approx 100m at marathon pace.

I managed a gentle 10 on Tues and an even gentler 4 miles today. Plan is for 5 tomorrow with a few efforts chucked in.

Nearly there

 

 

 

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