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Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 15:19

Is anyone on here planning to do Malaga next month? 

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:19

Very well done everyone. My expectation was to finish in 5hrs-5:15 with my current mara schedule plus how tired I was coming into this. However, I felt relatively strong mentally at the start even though I was my usual bag of nerves. I started out at sub 4hrs 30 pacing, although I had decided against wearing a Garmin in favour of a stopwatch, probably insane but I thought I'd see how long I could hold onto that pace. KM markers work better fof me for some reason, perhaps because they come around quicker, who knows? I had my usual dip at the equivalent miles 18-19 but I had decided I wouldn't stop throughout, slowed a little to take Powerade which I carried between the fuel stations. I think I dipped again at 34km but pushed through to the magical 37km which meant just one more parkrun to go! I realised at 40km with 4:18 on my watch that I could scrape just over 4:30 if I dug deep. Dug like a complete loon from 41km, thought I was in Australia by the time I hit that blue mat. Definite case of eyeballs out (Usain would be proud!) for that last push to come in at 4:29:58. Not super fast compared to you guys but my fastest in a few months and having run 3 marathons over last Fri, Sat and Sun, I'm not sure where yesterday came from!

I enjoyed it, the challenge, the atmosphere, people and organisation. Feet and ankles dipped in the freezing cold moat around the finish followed by the complimentary massage and stretch afterwards which was great. I'm pretty much a scaredy cat when it comes to running in any temperature which doesn't require gloves so the heat was really my main worry before starting. I've learned not to take on water (unless I have salt tablets, which I forgot to bring!), I lose far too much salt, isotonic drinks work better for me as I found yesterday. 

My only criticism would be the fuel stations at 5km apart is much too far, especially given how warm it was. With this in mind, I've had to condition myself to hold a drink throughout which has worked well with my last few maras, taking a sip every mile or 10 minutes. This is my favouite of the 4 Spanish ones I've run so far and I look forward to returning to this beautiful city to run it again on fresher legs to do the course some justice.

Great to meet up with Jamie post race in the finish area by sheer coincidence as well as spending time with Nicole pre race and last evening.   

Safe journeys home everyone, back tomorrow.  Booooo! 

 

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 21:10

19mph+ headwinds in New York 10 days ago for the whole way, head down, plodded on and thanked goodness it didn't rain! In case I don't jump on here again before the weekend, safe journeys everyone, have a great run/race and I hope you get the times you deserve. x

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 17:00

I will be wearing a Down's Syndrome Association vest or my club South London Harriers vest.

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 09:07

Hello Lucky and welcome. I certainly won't be finishing before 4:15 don't you worry!  

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 00:20

Thanks Nicole, I've messaged you.  

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 12:08

Hi Nicole, that would be brilliant,  thank you! Could you enable the messaging facility on your profile so I can message you please or you could message me via my profile.

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 22:07

Hello All, not long to go now. Typing from my phone which won't let me view previous coments to this thread. I'm booked into Vincci Lys Hotel which is a short walk away from Sorolla Centro which someone recommended but I was unable to book. I can't remember if it was indeed this forum so forgive me if I've confused you all! If anyone is staying at either, would you mind picking up my bib number and goody bag please? My flight doesn't get in until 19:30 on the Saturday. The option to collect the number (without goody bag) on race day is there but I would much rather have everything the day before. I will need to email through authorisation plus a copy of my photo ID to anyone willing to help me out.

We can arrange to meet on Sat evening or it can be left with reception at my hotel. Thanks.

Chicago marathon 2014

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 11:48
Hello All, looking for last minute accommodation. Arriving Thurs/Fri leaving Mon.

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 14:30

Oops!  

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