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Great to have people's thoughts on this marathon all sounds really positive. A couple of things......what is car parking like (do I need to book somewhere?) and ......toilet facilities? Little things that seem big just before a marathon.
Big news for me.......from someone who planned to run one marathon a year (I did my first, Manchester last year) I have now entered a second one! This week a marathon in my home city of York was announced in Oct. I couldn't resist and just got in before it filled up in 4 days! Mad but excited!
thanks Adrian for the helpful info now have the challenge of training in the snow!
Hi Lily - I'm in same position as you; have enterered (actually was entered as a Christmas present!!) into Marathon of the North which will be my first marathon, and then got all carried away and signed up for the Yorkshire Marathon (I live in Hull)! Very excited although gutted that a horrible cough virus has scuppered any running for over a week - trying not to panic just get myself better before heading outside. Hotel in Sunderland is booked and hopefully can walk to the start (think will be a taxi back though!)
Hi hellsbells74. Think these will be 2 good marathons. I ran my first last April and had a real downer afterwards so having an Autumn one to look forward to and prepare for will be good. Just could not resist York. What training plan are you following? I am doing the same as last year, the beginners plan from Manchester Marathon website. I had a week sort of off when I went on holiday so a break to get better should be fine and you have lots of weeks left.Hope other members might be able to advise you here.Congrats on entering your first marathons Someone said to me you will only ever run one first marathon so enjoy every minute!
Well thought I may as well go for two as I was doing one anyway!! I'm following a 16 week plan put together by my brother ( he's done 4 marathons so far and is a sports psychologist so he seems to know what he's talking about!) - per week I'm doing one long run, a shorter race pace run, parkrun and an interval session on the treadmill. hoping to get back out there this weekend but will take it steady til I feel 100%.
Hope your training's going well
thanks for the info Adrian, will look into it. Good luck Richard. I did my first mara at Manchester last year in 5hrs 17. I am hoping for my next one to be 5hrs. I read on the facebook page there were only 800 ish entrants so far! Quite surprised by that.
I did this race last year, two weeks after achieving a PB in London of 3:07. I managed 3:09 in Sunderland. It was a very friendly affair but I did not find it that flat, in fact the penultimate mile was a cruel climb.
I would have done this race again without hesitation had it not now being scheduled for the week after London.
I even saw Steve Cram on route last year and managed to have a brief chat with him whilst he passed me in the race car!
I didn't mind the lack of crowds. It was friendly amongst the runners but I do remember running through a park and having to ask some pedestrians whether they had seen some runners go by just to make sure I was on the right route. The field had become so strung out I could not see anyone in front of me. (I came about 48th I think)
Glad training going well Adrian. How close together are your marathons? Training ok. Great to get out this morning in sunshine, wind but no ice. Did 6 miles with some speed work and actually feel quite energised. Plan to do some hill work Weds, 13 miles Thurs then 4-5 Saturday. Just working my way through my training plan that worked well for me last year when I ran Manchester.
Hope everyone's training going well
Been hit with a terrible chest-infection type thing. Feel like shit. Determined this isn't going to knock my training after I battled through all the snow but my run tomorrow is in jeopardy.
Heartbroken if so....
oh no poor you, hope you are feeling better Adrian. I wonder if you have managed your run today?
Back. Lived and as usual, after a couple of warm up miles chest was fine. Completed my planned 10 miler and instantly coughed. Lol.
Onwards and upwards...
Good work. 10 miles in the bag!!
I'm sitting here trying to motivate myself for 7 miles, with strides. I'm sure my legs are aching more and more with every minute that passes..........
great, Adrian and Richard, really good to have ths forum to encourage each other I am following a plan from Manchester that worked for me last year again. So I am just about to set off for a 13 miler. I always find it tough to get going but love it once I start and feel great afterwards. But my house is so warm and it is so cold outside! I don't have a garmin (yet!), just my stopwatch! Wow, 2 marathons in a week Adrian. Good idea to practice with 2 long runs close together. Let us know how it goes
After a tough Preston marathon in October and the usual Christmas indulgences, I was deciding to give marathons a miss this spring (or retire!) but i'm now contemplating doing this race again as I loved it last year (see earlier post). Recently did a half which went better than expected! It's between this and Windermere! Will be different this year though with the half marathon running alongside the marathon. Not sure if I like that idea as I did Vienna a few years ago which did the same making the first half quite congested. Does make you go off a bit slower though which can be a good thing. mmm decisions decisions!