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The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 22:01

Well done on the multiple marathon weekend, and th elonger run, Joe. Must be awful watching all the Fling excitement, year?


Norovirus - London Marathon - Any advise appreciated

Posted: Yesterday at 15:24

Sorry- but don't run. If you are an experienced marathoner, then there's no point in doing it just to get round, and you'll not run well, and could make yourself seriously ill ( kidneys/ hyponatraemia, etc).

Find another marathon to run in 2-3 weeks time, and you'll be fine.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 15:07

Sundown- you'll be fine, it's "just" one foot in front of the other.(Says she ,who has spent the moring on fb joining in the pre-fling panic!

 Gels are difficult to judge, but I think most people find they start to find them undigestible nearer the end.I was a 4hr marathoner at best, and I don't think I've ever managed more than about 6 for a race. The point about putting some sugar in your mouth, even if you just swill it round, and spit it out again may well be true..................if you are struggling with stomach issues, it may be a good rescue strategy- I did similar with watered- down lucozade during a bad spell one year, and it was more effective than I expected.

Good luck all!

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 21:37

Slightly panicking about fling now.................Taper wibbles in full flow. Drop bags half done, having a last glass of wine before I start to carb load.

Good luck everyone else who is racing this weekend!

That's one busy weekend Joe Hawk.


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 13:51

You will be fine- the endurance from your trail mara won't all have disappeared. It's better to rest/ recover at this stage, rather than do any last- minute panic running, which will only aggravate the niggle.

Run/ walk is a good plan- I've done it , the only issue at a large road marathon ,is to make sure you look over your shoulder/ pull over to the side of the road before you slwo to a walk, or someone will slam into the back of your heels.You also will find you keep yo-yoing the same people , which can get embarrasing- eventually I had to apologise for not speaking to them everytime I/ they overtook again!

If you are run/ walking, try to have the courage of your convictions to do itfrom the start, even though you feel silly for the first 1 or 2 walk breaks.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 13:45

Experimenting with different types of kineso taping for my knee niggle, resting/ tapering, but need to do enough to work out what helps. I think it does acutally help, - was worried that it might be purely for decoration!

Am going to go for a run/ walk along the start of the race route on monday, then nothing after that............getting nervous now!

Glorious sunshine here is Glasgow this weekend.............some of these races may get warm!

Knee injury. Marathon 2 weeks away.

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 20:27

Simialr difficulties here- came on after a trainig marathon, which was done as a fianle long run before my ultra in 2 weeks time.

Time  to properly taper/ rest now- no more runs of any significant length. You could have a go at pool running just to keep the muscles moving.

Best treatment obviously depends on the exact trouble can you make a decent guess off internet info.

For strapping techniques off t'interweb- youtube has some decent videos about kt taping. It seems to help  alot, I think mine is patello femoral pain- the strapping has made a 90% improvement ( driving and walking doenhill were the main pain- triggers, as well as running on the flat/ downhill, so I've bought some pre-cut kiesio strapping from amazon, and I'll try that on a 5miler next weekend, and if it's all goood, use it on race day.

A knee brace , like a cho pat strap got me through my first ever marathon- I think it was ITBS that time.I also used a run/ walk technique- my time was only 10 mins slower than subsequent races, so it's better than nothing if it gets you to the finish.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 22:48

Hi, am back from a ski trip, knww niggle no worse for it. Did no running at all during the week, but managed a hilly 5 miler today. Am tapering now ( not that there's much to taper from!).

Will probably not do anything longer than 1 hr now until the race, as the knee still needs rest. I've ordered some kiesio tape on t'internet, as experiments with EP strapping from work seemed to help the knee niggle, and running with a knee brace on  is a PITA (I had to wear noe for about the first 5 years after my first marathon- that was ITBE, this is patello- femoral, I think).

Ski-ing is not the best preapration for a race, but I've done it every spring, and somehow I seem to manage, but it seems to really mess my legs up for some reason ( and I'm not a good ski-er, and only spend about 4hrs perday on the slopes).

Bleurgh, work tomorrow.

Why run during a marathon taper?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 21:42

PHil- I was thinknig the same today- I've an ultra in 2 weeks. I'm just back from ski-ing, and I did a marathon 3 weeks ago. I'm hoping that the endurance stuff lasts longest, so that 5 weeks after a marathon , I'm still well trained in that regard.

I do think my muscle strength, which will be more importatn forthe hilly bits of the race, will drop off without much training, and slow runnig won't help much.

REALLY unsure what I should be doing at this stage, but as I have a knww niggle, it's going to be pretty limited.

Opted for 1hr of hilly stuff today. Probably some spinning/ short runs this week, then strap the knee up, rest, and fingers crossed!

Training was going well until my last two LSRs...

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 18:13

You'll be fine once you've tapered, 2 weeks is hopefully enough, but have you seriously been doing a LSR at race pace every week?

It might be sensible to do substantially less than the mileage in your plan's taper, and really rest properly- you'll really not lose significant fitness.

Your LSR paces and half mara speed suggest that 4:15 shouldbe well in your sights, but beware that you'll feel fantastic once tapered on race day, and don't rush off like a mad thing in the first few miles.

The other odd thing about "the wall" is that much of it is psychological/transient- lots of folk perk up again after a mile or 2 of trudging, so don't give up if you start to feeel bad again, just walk for a few minutes, eat/drink something, then have a nother go.

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