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Snowdonia marathon place wanted

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:30

Hi thank you for getting in touch but he has one now - there are people on the Snowdonia Marathon thread in the event forum looking for one though so if you post on there I am sure you can pass it on - thanks again

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:18

Did a last long 22 miler over the weekend (next marathon Thames Meander in August) so a good replication for that - fairly flat and very hot - hard going.  Kept thinking at least it will be cold/wet/windy in N. Wales in October!  My Nathan camelback type thing is fantastic - a revelation to me to be wearing that rather than waist belt - just so comfortable and no faffing about refilling bottles of water so have been wearing it on a nice recovery run today - 3 miles up - 3 miles down just to keep the hilly practice going.  I feel like a girl flaunting an expensive new handbag! Seriously - will make such a difference to my long runs.  Brer rabbit well done for your run and hope day two was cooler. 

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:00

I did it last year too and doing it again - my favourite marathon and I'm not sure why but the combination of it being off road and very informal and so near Christmas I guess.  There seemed less pressure to run a good time as it was so unpredictable - Little M.iss Happy has described it well but it was quite manageable and at least it was dead flat.  I like the out and back course - there was plenty of room at the turnaround but it was a bit hit and miss at sections where it was single file so not exactly busy but could be held up on those parts.  Think a 1000 or more did it?  Had parking really close to start/finish and you could shower in the leisure centre after so it was all really convenient.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:34

Katherine Preston -race was fab - running up and down tors on Dartmoor on a sunny summer's evening - how much better does it get! Nathan vest was excellent, very comfortable and didn't make me hot although didn't run until late evening.  Took a while to get used to sucking the water tube but worked well just having sips instead of gulps and going to experiment next time with loading the pockets up with spare jacket etc.  Doing a 22 miler on Saturday so that will be the real test.

Narrow fitting ladies trail shoes

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 15:41

If it is any help I had to send back several pairs of Adidas Kanadia 5 Trail shoes as they were too narrow.  I ordered a few sizes to try but even the 'large' size was far too narrow for me and I consider I have ordinary width feet. Reviews on various websites also say they are narrow so may be worth a try? Otherwise they seemed fine.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:10

Katherine Preston - have just invested in a Nathan race vest with 2 L bladder, female design, very light and it was recommended to be bounce free so looking forward to trying that out at the weekend. I don't like carrying water on a belt either and in fact never carry water during races but am finding it impossible to carry enough for a long run on a belt and prefer to sip as I go so hoping this is the solution.  Hilly race on Saturday so will do long run on Sunday over Dartmoor, thunderstorms permitting!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 13:36

Thanks InsideForward - that is actually quite reassuring and as you suggest I have started to run up and down long sections of hills now - I can see that the downhill part needs mastering too without wrecking my legs early on.  Ran parts of it whilst on holiday - which is what convinced me to try it - but didn't go as far as the last 4 miles. Thought best to leave that to the imagination for now!


Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:41

Thanks Run Jono and Brer rabbit for the advice.  I am under no illusions about  a PB -just want to it to be do-able without it being an almighty struggle and finish it then figure the next year the challenge will be to attempt to better my time. I am thinking if I can get to mile 22 then allow an hour for the last 4 miles - does that sound about right?  My PB is 4.30 so I'm not speedy but I am quite good at plodding on!  

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 22:43

SiUK and Lawrence Bromley - I have only done flatish marathons before so have just decided to make most of my training hilly eg tempo/midweek/long runs - so same distance but hilly.  I am well into a training plan for an August marathon so last week did a very hilly 18 miler over Dartmoor and felt it in my legs for days - whereas yesterday did a 'normal' 22 miler and today feel absolutely fine.  If you haven't tried a really brutal long run with eg 5 miles up then 5 miles down have a go as it hammers your legs- well it did mine.  I think  - and I am new to this - it isn't the hills that are the problem but the length of them - I do hills all the time but have never done a continual 5 up/5 down before. I struggle to find a hill longer than about a mile around town so am going out on the moors to train or planning to do a lot of mile up/mile down repeats.  It makes no sense I am quite looking forward to that!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 23:11

Run Jono - I ran from Parke outside Bovey Tracey up to Haytor - about 5 miles uphill then over to Widecombe and Manaton way and back to Haytor and down - wanted to see what 5 miles uphill and 5 miles downhill felt like. It was very random really so will plan a different one next time - just want to get the undulations in and get quads stronger. If I survive this one I hope to try Dartmoor Discovery next year, can't not do it really as on doorstep but the race info suggests getting a hilly marathon in first so need to see just how wrecking this one turns out to be. 

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