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Scottish Runners

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 15:25

Recovery run this morning...it wasn't pretty !!

Good luck anyone racing this weekend.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:35

Been cycling this morning, my knee doesn't hurt on the bike, so I had a good wee stretch out and felt pretty good energy wise.

Cycling is going to be my 'winter mode' 57.5 ...but I'm going to have to buy some new winter bib tights because my old ones are on the point of disgrace !!

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:25

Great marathon, friendly runners, amazing support from the crowds.

I am used to running marathons in the middle of nowhere, or ultras with a few 100 runners, and no locals even know the event is on, let alone come out to cheer (although some b*****ds do nick the route signs)! I found the cheering and support and people shouting your name quite emotionally overwhelming at times, but it was fantastic for keeping you going over the tough bits . A real credit to the friendliness of the Yorkshire people.

My 34th marathon / ultra (I don't bother to count them separately ), and after 3x trail 50mile+ ultras this year I wasn't expecting a great deal out of my legs. Happy with a solid first half in 2.08, aiming for a 4.20-30 finish, wheels fell off on the ever so slight subtle incline / hideous long drag (depending on how you were feeling at the time) between 14-17m, and was getting a little chilly. 17-20 was mentally tough seeing the people in front of you, so I just tried not to look!! Stomach cramp hit at 20m, reduced to a run / walk strategy for the last 6m, 4.30 went out the window, 4.45 quickly followed it when I was overtaken by the pacer , walked up the last hill then at least managed to finish in style and sprint the downhill to a 4.53.

Cannot say I am surprised with my time given I haven't trained specifically for the consistent running required by marathons this year, and in the end was happy to come away with a sub-5 and not too much damage apart from a gypy stomach.

Highly recommend this marathon to anyone. Great for a first one because of all the support and regular water stations.

I saw a young woman suffering at 15m, on her first, saying it was too hard and she never expected it to be this hard. Her friend summed it up well 'it doesn't matter how many marathons you do, they are all hard, and you are doing something most of the population wouldn't even attempt'. Needless to say she finished it .


Scottish Runners

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 19:32

Stiff today, had a short hobble around the allotment but my knee is too sore from itbs to do anything major.

Elspeth - take it steady and you should do it, but it may not be too pleasant if my experience this year is anything to go by !

FFB - Fling would be 'essential' if you hadn't done it before, but you've done it twice already so I don't see what the big deal is, as long as you train on similar terrain / distance. Also the Devil section is the harder part of the course, the Fling is the nice 'cake' bit in comparison, so its the second half that needs the most training work and recce's not the first bit IMHO .


Scottish Runners

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 11:43

I think when organisers are deciding how to describe races they must drive the course first and just go 'Oh yeah its flat' !!! It might well be flat in a car but it ain't flat on foot!!

Oh yeah, 'net downhill'...that's another good one !!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 11:39

Morning all

Good running 57.5 and Sam.

I decided in the car on the way home last night not to enter the Fling next year (if there are even any places left?!!). I need to give myself some proper recovery time and do something else - thinking of dropping long running for a bit and going back to cycling.

Saying that I am entered for Strathearn and Fort William marathons too , and hopefully will enter FFB's at Loch Katrine .

Well York was a great marathon, the crowd support was unbelievable and really quiet overwhelming at times, emotional highs and lows throughout with all the cheering and people shouting your name, and music etc. Probably the closest I will get to a London type experience, as I am never entering that! The Yorkshire people did us proud, they were all so friendly .

Strangely I ran an almost identical race to yours at LN FFB  except my problem was stomach related. The course was actually quite similar to LN but without those steeper downhill sections. It had lots of really long drags, that didn't look uphill, but you could feel it, particularly 14-17 where I had a blow-up stomach wise and had to slow down.

I did a 2.08 first half, through the freezing fog, then the cold started to get to me and my stomach was churning up. I passed loads of people on the 14-17 hill, some people stopped and chucking up and cramped, but I was majorly slowing too and needed the toilet, There was a hideous out and back between 17 and 20 where you could see the people ahead of you , but masses of cheering crowds kept me going (and Dolly Parton on the speaker doing '9to5'!!). I got a hideous stab in the top of the stomach at 20m and luckily there were porta-loos, so I took a quick break, then fought to get going again.

Finally after about 4hrs running the freezing fog lifted and we were presented with sunshine and more cheering crowds for the last 5mile into York. At this point I was taking half gels, sipping water slowly, and doing a kind of plod/shuffle/walk just to keep going forward, every time I tried anything faster my stomach keeled over again. So I dragged myself through the last section, counting down the miles, until finally the last steep hill to the finish at the University, which some people were trying to run up but my ultra-style walking pace was actually faster, so I just walked up it. Then the last few hundred metres were downhill Woo Hoooooo, so I put on a massive sprint and at least managed to finish in style . My friends were waiting at the runners meeting point so I hobbled back to the them, and then had a roast dinner at their house 10mins walk away .

Finished in 4.53hr, so a massive blow out in the second half basically . Great marathon though, shame we couldn't see anything because of the dense fog!!

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 14:36

They are probably worried some daftie speeding motorist will not see a marshal and plough straight onto the course .

Off to re-pack and swop black running top for bright orange...

Scottish Runners

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 13:39

Thanks BM - I will report back on Monday .

Scottish Runners

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 10:02

Eeeek FFB - not a nice experience. I know what that feels like when your legs wont do what you want them to. Well done for finishing and not letting them take you off the course with only 1.5m to go!

I think the long ultras take it out of your body a lot more than it feels like they are, if that makes any sense. As in, of course there is the usual achy muscles and tiredness after for a while, but then there is a lingering effect that is still there even though you feel okay - until you come to try to run a long way again. I don't think my body has recovered properly this year even from doing the 100 in 2013.

I'm really cutting back on my ultra running now after being ill this year. I will try to enter the Fling again if I can get in before it sells out, but that will be it, just a few marathons and shorter races next year so I can have some better recovery time.

Taper run today.

Bring on York...and 7000 people...arrrrrrghhhhh!!!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 16:09

Would have done Kirky myself but have to taper for this pesky marathon next weekend .

BM - you always seem to be in the right places to spot the running talent. Who was it - Paula R?  you saw last time?

Sam - well done on the entry, keep up the motivation and now get out there for some decent plodding .

Rest day today (bad itbs), knee is very stiff from all the digging work I have been doing. Short plod tomorrow, I want to be well rested for York marathon, so not going to do much this week.

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