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The Edinburgh Marathon plan

May 26, 2012

I’m writing this partly as a case of thinking out loud, partly so I’ve got something to compare my race experience again while I’m soothing my legs tomorrow. This is how I plan to run the Edinburgh Marathon:

  • It’s going to be warm. Ironically, I chose Edinburgh as my B race because I was worried London might have another warm year mid-April. We’re looking at highs of 18C tomorrow, with probably 13C or 14C for most of the race. Not sweltering, but there’s potential for it to feel uncomfortable. Today I’m keeping my fluids up, and I’ll be taking on water every 5km.
  • I’m going to fuel up in the morning on porridge and marmalade. A tried and tested breakfast from London, and washed down with a hearty volume of tea and water. All will be consumed a good couple of hours before the starting gun so it gets into my system rather than gets jiggled around in my stomach.
  • The first six miles see the biggest drop in altitude, but are more undulating than the race collateral might have you expect. I’m going to take the uphills easy, make the most of the downhills, and come out of that stretch of the race with my quads fresh and intact. (Or at least that’s the plan…)
  • There are gel stations after around 19 miles. I’m not planning on using these as I’ll be loaded up with four Torq gels. I’ll take one every 7 miles, which means taking three and having one for emergencies. I’m planning to go with rhubarb and custard and forest fruits – the key being a reward on passing each milestone.
  • I’d like to manage (for once) a negative split. I’m going to try to hold back until the half-way point, aiming to pass in sub-90, and then have the energy left to push for the second half of the race.
  • There will be wind. The course follows the coast, and this is Scotland, and while the forecast implies less wind than could be the case, it’ll definitely be there. In which case I’ll aim to use other runners, buildings, trees, and sheer bloody will power to minimise the impact of a headwind.
  • After the race I’m having a beer in the beer tent. It will be well-deserved and will be the best beer for ages. This is a fact.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Goose permalink
    May 27, 2012 2:19 am

    Best of luck today sir. I’m running the Wallingford 10k which starts at the same time, i’ll spare a moment of thought for you. It’s 3am and far too hot to sleep. It’ll certainly be the warmest one for me yet, and I do far better in the cold and wet.

    Best foot 4ward…

    • May 27, 2012 3:46 pm

      Cheers. I hope the Wallingford 10k went well. It was hot up here, so I dread to imagine what it was like down there! After all the rain and cold we’ve had, I’m not going to moan about the heat… Just perhaps not ideal conditions for a marathon!

  2. Goose permalink
    May 27, 2012 11:55 pm

    Quite. It was damn hot, even at 8am when I signed on. Very well done indeed to you, I was spent after 40 mins, the heat was oppressive. God knows how you managed under 3 hours. A really great result.

    I came 20th apparently, with a new PB, 41.36. Very pleased. A last minute entry, I wasn’t expecting to race again until the Chiltern Chase, but I saw the signs and thought, why not. The wallingford event was the most chilled out atmosphere for a 10k i’ve seen yet (only my 3rd), quite flat, which – i think – explains the fast time. In the heat it felt very slow though, I was certain it was more around the 45 minute mark. I broke the 7 minute mile for the first time, which is something i’ve been aiming for, but considering you do that consistently over 26 miles it’s perhaps not that much to write home about. But a milestone for me nontheless.

    Great day, and i’ll definitely be running it next year. I will never tire of that finish line feeling. It’s magic, and I concur, cheering from people makes all the difference in the world. I always make a point of thanking those I finish near, if they have set a pace for me or given me something to chase, I wouldn’t miss that feeling for the world. Some kind of, perhaps not solidarity, but pretty close.

    Approaching 500 miles now on my current Mizunos and my legs/shins/feet are hurting more than i’m used to, so its near time for a new pair I think. Reckon i’ve earned it.

    Well done again, put your feet up for a bit.

    I really love this sometimes ridiculous game. It’s come to mean everything to me.

    • May 28, 2012 8:27 am

      Sounds like you’ve caught the bug! The feeling of racing – the crowd, the atmosphere, the other runners – is definitely addictive. Congratulations on another great run!

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