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Doing this for the 1st time any tips and hints. Also does anyone have a copy of the route.
Race route and profile from the event website
My favourite marathon - and not just because it's on my doorstep. Not that hilly by Lake District standards but will catch out the underprepared - do you training on undulating routes and you'll be fine.
I am a 10 in 10 runner
As CA saidIt’s not so hilly for that part of the world but a real undulating course in places, has a great finish where you run up the hill towards the house (where is everyone you say?) over the hill wow hundreds of people cheering you home on a little downhill section and across the line you go. Incorporates the marathon with a little fun day as well to keep the family entertained whilst you run.
I am with CA, its one of my favourite UK marathons, very well organised, fantastic atmosphere, timing chip and not an expensive day, very friendly and good medal, no shirt though unless you are 10 in 10 runner but you can purchase a very good WM tee from Pete Bland (£15 I think) on the day.
B78- It’s a really good marathon and well done on choosing it for your first, very friendly marathon and I’m sure the other runners will keep you going, I don’t remember it being as hard as people make out and sure you will be ok if you put the training in.
Sounds like a great event, would like to see if I can stay uninjured before committing, but don't want to miss out - does it usually fill up?
I'm back again! Was here last year to seek revenge on the evil short steep climb at Bowness around 20.5 miles. It made me stop and was worried that I weren't gonna finish the race as i'd totally hit the wall. Fortunately I found the energy to finish so I'm back this year to set things right. I stopped for 8 minutes to recompose myself again and those 8 minutes meant I missed out on a 3:30 with a 3:38.
Mie 7 is the worst hill up there but at least it's early. The worst of it's over after 20.5 so save yourself till then is my advice. Then it's flat / downhill until the last mile when it slightly goes up again.
It's a beautiful course, best i've seen from any HM / FM ever! I met the legendary Steve from Coventry (500 Marathon Man) who gave me some great advice.
For accomodation there's a few b and b's in Lake Road Ambleside only just over a mile from the start so go there if you're not local.
It's all about subbing 3:30 this year; doing everything in my power to ensure this will be the case.
Thanks for the info Richard, will take my own gels then as I don't like Kendal Mint Cake! Will probably stick with the ones I used last year for the Great Langdale marathon (Lucozade), they kept me going a treat.
Chis (not Chris ha). Charles on Sunday's of course, ha!
Hey CharlieR (and everyone else)
I'm back at the South Cheshire 20 again like I was last year; it was a great test ahead of Windermere and I'm doing this ahead of Windermere again this year. Mile 9 is a great test (and VERY tough) which is good training for that tough mile 7 at Windermere.
I can fully recommend SC20, it's a 20 mile "loop", ie the last 5 and the last 5 miles are the same but in opposite directions unlike alot of 20 miles which are 2 rounds of 10 (Oakley, Spitfire etc.), very rural and scenic and very good value for money.
No i wasn't paid for this haha! Looking forward to both races.
I've got mom and dad coming this yearto Windermere and I've found pubs for them to wait at, at Newby Bridge and Bowness-on-Windermere for them to wave at me from
How's everyone's training coming on? I've done Ashby 20 and an 18 miler recently though I have done plenty of 13-15 mile runs too.
Last Sunday I done a 22 mile training run by myself in 2:52:18, very happy other than picking up a sore ankle so I've had to have the week off to let it rest. Hopefully I can just train as normal now ahead of this marathon.
Doing the extra 2 miles was a big psychologicial boost, looking to push that wall back to miles 23-24. By mile 25 you don't care no more... 1 run around the block to go
How's everyone's training going?
I wonder if you could help, I am doing this marathon for the second time, last year I started running in the January and then did the marathon in the May so had a few injury problems for some reason!!!!
This year is going better but I seem to be struggling with the right nutrition, am doing an 18 miler on Sunday and was wondering if you could give me some guidance. I am upping carbs intake through pasta, rice etc and also eating more meat than usual as seem to be craving protein! Should I consider a protein shake and such like???? I have been using SiS Go drink and gels during the run. My main problem is energy levels.
LL2; I think the usual idea is carbs before, sugar during and protein after.
I most of the time have a form of pasta with a chicken / tuna filling, I have the SIS Go-gels during and a protein shake after. Protein recovery as protein aids the bodies natural repairing mechanisms so you ache less than you would otherwise as the micro-tears (that happen with any muscle fibres when you run) are healed quicker. Protein recovery bars are good too as give a "good" hunger quench until you can get home and have something more substantial. I normally take a protein shake pre-made and leave it in the boot for my return after the finish line.
A piece of advise with gels (if you do, or will take them) is take them at consistent mile points so you're mentally ready and waiting for them. I take my 1st one at 6 miles and every 4 miles thereafter.
I hope this helps.
Not long to go now!
How's the taper coming along? Recovered from any injuries? Feeling ready for the big day everyone?
I did the South Cheshire 20 Apr 29th in VILE conditions; it kinda helped in a way 'cos I feel like I can now face anything. Felt a bit slack this week, taper ironically has made me feel tired but I guess that's your body slowing down ahead of the big day. I did a 6 mile tempo run at 7.6 m/m ave to kick myself back into shape.
I had a leg massage last week and doing the same Saturday morning so I've rewarded my legs for all their hard work for the past few months.
Apart from a couple of minor tweaks I feel ready and can't wait to be back at this beautiful venue
Good luck to the TiTs getting underway today. 262 hilly miles in 10 days is a damn good effort.
Not long to go for the rest of us.
Steven, I ran the Manchester marathon on the 29th - I too feel like nothing could ever be that bad again! In fact I would not race again in those conditions. Here's hoping for a better day next Sunday! My first time for this one, really looking forward to it. I was in the area on Tuesday, and drove a section of the course - Newby Bridge up to Bowness, and it seemed to be constantly undulating. I guess I will be running on feel rather than pace.
I can't imagine running 10 in 10, I echo Andy's comment.
I'm looking forward to next weekend - Windermere will be my first marathon.
I planned to do shakespeare marathon 2 weeks ago but it was halved due to the weather. My training up to that went well and I'm aiming for 3:20-3:30 though my longest run in the 6 weeks up to Windermere will have been 15 miles.
Good luck to everyone.