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My first marathon was all Edinburgh (Must be a good one for first timers) and like matt, i too had only done one twenty mile run.
I came in at the half way point only one minute slower than my HM PB and again like matt the later half of the marathon was a struggle. I think from the 20 mile point, it was more of a shuffle than anything and I came in at 04:13....i had thought id make 03:30 at one point!!!
Since then ive done London and Preston marathons and in preston i finished in 03:48, so getting closer to what i want. I think it takes a few marathons to truly get to grips with in and i certainly found my third one went how i planned it and i managed a strong finish, two minutes ahead of my best hope time.
In training i had four 20 miles and one 22 mile run, so that probably helped too, but i do still think it takes a couple of goes at the distance to get into the groove. Race wise in the months running up to a marathon dont do anything shorter than 10 Miles is also good advice i think.
the weather was terrible at Preston, at lot of runners nipples suffered big time!!! lol ouch!!!
You need need to work out a good pace plan rick and try and stick to it, that way you get around how you want. Thats what i did at Preston, although apart of me feels maybe i held back too much, but then i am still pleased with the result so its all good.
21 mile run well done rick, i did just 12 today, in the rain and wind!! Typical that the weather finally warms up and it rains!!
I would go with matts advice, but if you really want to do it, then do it. You could always wait till next year you know lol
Hello Paul, im guessing your planning on doing a marathon soon based on your post.
Hello to everyone,Been a long time since I have posted from home, away working means I missed the Cartmel run (my first one too) been training whilst away and now its going to be in at the deep end with Coniston Marathon. Niggling foot injury which I posted in health forum holding me back a bit now. Jealous reading about everyones brilliant races but just wanted to say and well done to everyone, hope I can join the list come June
Rick, my experience travelling and from playing sport (not running) is the world is full of people who against all odd's accomplish amazing things and defy everything to do it. I think it trickles down into everything we do so if you think you can then know you can and do it dude
Runswithmoobs.....great user name. And coniston marathon hey, your have let us all know what thats like.
Sorry to hear about your injuries....nothing worse for a runner.
Same about that kid at brigton hey! 23!! Crazy.
I just read that, very sad especially so young.
User name changed from paulgardner16, since I had time to think of a new one
lol i thought i didnt remember you, i thought how did i forget seeing that user name!
I know, cant believe it about that guy , based on his age. I know it can and does happen....sad times.
Cant believe the news from Boston!!!! Hope no one, knows any one taking part!! Its a sad day for the world of running
Hi - sorry never posted on this thread before but just wanted to assure you that Nicola and her family are safe and well. I'm sure she'll be along to tell you in good time, but I just wanted to let you know. Thanks for your concern .
God yes, so she was and thank you Tiny Runners 85 for the update and no need to say sorry this thread is for any one and time.
THanks everyone. Being a fellow Lancashire lass I'll probably join in with this thread, as you seem like a good bunch . But it just feels too trivial today to be chatting about training and racing considering what's happened. Feel so empty today. I'll pop back along at some point. Take care.
It certainly was Lou, i was in shock about it , i just could believe that you would do that and then shock turned to anger.
Your welcome any time Tiny R and we pleased that Nicola is ok, she not just one of us on here she is one of our running community and i doubt there is a runner in the world that wasnt annoyed and saddened by what happened.
Lets all keep our fingers crossed the London lot and hope its well.
Had a nice run around Southport after a work event, i ran on the beach for quite a bit, until i hit the pair, and that was hard going and then i ran long some sand dunes on my way back, which cuts my legs up lol so yer.....lesson learned there!!
This is routhly what i ran, but being lazy i didnt bother mapping hte beach or the dunes, just the roads along them, however, if you run it your clearly come across entry to the beach and i doubt your miss the dunes along by the lake :
I also ran along the grass along marine drive, rather than the pavement, just to make it a tad harder, Does anyone else tack;e greass verges or is it just me ?
Any who, thought id share the route, just in case anyone else fancied taking it on.
Ive now entered the Fleetwodd 10Mile, is anyone else running it ?
Nice one Rick, best of luck and dont let your son catch ya
I am entered for the Fleetwoood 10M.
Focus this year has been away from marathons and main aim is to get some good times from 5k - 10 miles. Been training pretty well since December so looking to get a good time at Fleetwood. Luckily getting in good practice running in the wind!
Well done Rick, i hope it goes ok so good luck to you and your son for that one.
Hello Max! I'll to let you know my number if i find it out before hand and say hello...
Yes the wind is quite strong down that way, i found that out on my run around Southport yesterday and when i did the Windmill run a few years ago. Should make it interesting. Are you based on the coast ?
Red Squirrels, why didnt you say sooner :P he he - Well if i have a meeting down that way again, i will take your advice. It was a nice run, but tough going on that beach and grass section and yes the crazy ssand dune experiemnet he he, but im sure it will do me good
Manchester 10k hey! Im put off by their crazy stages starts, but as you won a place why not hey!! So how did you win a place ? Are you parkrunner of the month again ? :P
I am not at parkrun today, which any minute now, your find out. I swtiched my long run to today as i could watch the full marathon show. #Loser
Hope everyone has some great runs this weekend.