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2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 23:38

Race report: highland fling 2016:

53vmile ultra on the lower half of the west highland way, from Milngavie to Tyndrum.

This was my second crack at this race, although I have done anothe 50 miles+ ultra- this one is Hilly!

Race start is at 6am, so an early start- porridge made up with FRIJJ chocolate milk- after that , my main nutrition wasv tailwind, plus a few snacks- Clif bars, shot bloks, crisps, and babybel cheeses.

Chilly, but minimal wind, and virtulay no rain.

I started off at the same pace as last year- through first 3 cp's within 1 or 2 minute of last year's time, but the last few miles went better than last year- I was barely able to run, even on the downhills, for the last 10 miles, wheras this time, I was able to kep going  in small chunks.

Finished in 14:13.23. 629th out of 673. A 10 minute PB on my only previosu attempt last yeaer.

No chaffing, no blisters, full set of toenails. Now having a curry and glass of red wine. All good!

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 21:17

Thanks, guys- am a bit anxious, especiallly as it may be a tad chilly. FEels very cold out today, so I'll be carrying loads of extra clothes.

As usual, I'm packing about 3 tons of food in my drop bags, and will probably not eat even half of it. Main worry just now, given that I need to get up at 4am, is that my OH is still clattering about the kitchen cooking dinner, which I'd specifically asked him to make earlier than usual, given the early start tomrrow.

Ah, well.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:50

It's the Hoka Highland fling tomorrow- 53 miles milngavie to tyndrum via the west highland way. Lots of snow on the hills is making it look chilly!


P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:41

I't's my big race tomorrow--- wish me luck! Not really used P&D properly, but partly basing my training on it. Very encouraged by the results last week!

 Re: age......I'm over 47 too! I think it gets increasingly difficult to run really fast- ir 5k pace, but marathon running shouldn't be so affected, as long as you allow extra recovery time between hard sessions, which may make the higher mileage P&D programmes not ideal for the more "mature" runner. Dunno.

+1 fo giving yourself adequare recovery time after a raced marathon- lots of the multiple marathoners run very slowly in all their races, so don't be mislead by tales of successive marathons you see on here, you definately need to take a fair chunk of time to recover, especiaaly if you are doing your first.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 13:15

Wow- some great times......well done, guys.


Altitude Chamber Training - any point?

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 23:29

Are you training for a race at high altitude? If so, go for it, if not- keep the cash.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 23:32

Fantastic! Best carb loading tip ever- tattie scones in a buttie...................must remeber that for my race.

52 Jaffa cakes is a nice idea.

The taper madness is entertaining, hope the weather doesn't really turn to snow.

2nd ultra tapering ?

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:44

Taper- and maybe do a little hillwalking practice if it's a hilly route, and you aren't an elite who is going to run all the way!

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:37

Has anyone tried tailwind?- unfortunate name, although I don't think it is supposed to be a description of it's effect on the digestive system- it's the "next big thing" amoung the ultra crowd I hang out with on facebook, and loads of folk were using it at Glas- Edin race- especially the faster guys- they are running more than 50 miles at same pace as my marathon pace, fuelling with this stuff- it is powder mix- electrlytes and simple carbs, supposed to be less liekly to lead to gut issues. I've treid it twice, and it seems to go down OK, but obviously you feel like you haven't eaten anything, which takes half the fun out of ultra running. Might work well for marathons- you can empty half or less of the sachet into a normal water bottle, then drink it as you go.

I'm not sure about it yet, but lots of folk swear by it.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:27

Menn- it can get nasty and leave long term nerve pain behind, but Im not at all sure whether running a marathon makes that any more likely- did you tell the GP that you are planning to run?-Other than keeping the skin cool, clean, and avoiding getting the blisters infected, there's not much to do unless the GP gives you anti viral cream...(warning- I'm not a GP, so might be talking crap).

Tom- carb depletion sounds awful to me, never deliberately done that, although sometimes work is sufficiently crap that I don't get time to eat for hours- this always seems to happen at some pooint in the week before any big race!

You guys are 1 week ahead of me, as my race is still 11 days away, but taper wibbles setting in here too. REALLY want to go out for  a big long run in the glorious weather we have here today, GRrrrrrrrrr.


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