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@MedalSlut

UNITED KINGDOM Raving since 2014 https://medalslut.com Active 7 years, 7 months ago

About Me

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    Berlin Marathon

  • I run because:

    Beer tastes better after losing 2kg of body weight in sweat.

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Paris, France 2013 4:18:40
14 Miler Edinburgh, United Kingdom Jun 22, 2014 3:15:56
Half Marathon Edinburgh, Scotland 2012 1:53:28

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Past Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
14 Miler Edinburgh, United Kingdom Jun 22, 2014 3:15:56
Marathon Paris, France 2013 4:18:40
Marathon Inverness, United Kingdom 2013
Half Marathon Edinburgh, Scotland 2012 1:53:28

My Raves

I ran this in 2012 as my first marathon, finishing 8 seconds shy of my time goal. Obviously, a repeat performance was required. Sadly, I was about 17 minutes SLOWER … MORE

I ran this in 2012 as my first marathon, finishing 8 seconds shy of my time goal. Obviously, a repeat performance was required. Sadly, I was about 17 minutes SLOWER in 2013, but I attribute that to the 25 pound sled I was carrying (race report below for more details). FYI – when they say “no strollers”, it’s clearly to avoid babies being catapulted across the road.

The course starts with 5-6 miles downhill, which destroyed my quads the first time. I guess it never really crossed my mind that I should train for downhill sections. You should do this.

The rest of the course is ‘undulating’, with a noticeable hill after Dores at around mile 16/17/ You crest it (at least you think you do), but there’s on final incline before the crowd support starts trickling onto the radar, and you make your approach into Inverness.

Scenery is pretty good, though a lot is on a closed B road flanked by trees, through which you catch glimpses of the loch. There are porta-loos throughout, but if you can make it to Dores, wait for the pub and rest your cheeks on porcelain!

Crowd support is sparse until the final 3-4 miles, but you are never running on your own, as it’s one of Scotland’s biggest marathons. Aid stations are regular, but I stick anything in my mouth during a course, I can’t really comment on choice (though I seem to remember little).

The main kicker (other than the hill after Dores) is the 7am bus to the start line at Fort Augustus. The start time being 10:00. Take a leak before the bus (though there are porta-loos at the start and you will have time to use them). Also at the start line: bag drop – so wear warm layers and strip them off at the last possible moment.

There are massages at the end, but the wait is unholy. However, if you’re running for a charity, Macmillan have a massage table just for their runners. Worth hassling people at work for some donation cash, believe me!

I had signed up for my third year running (ho ho ho), but injury forced me to drop down to the 5k fun run, which will remain a low point in my life.

General weekend info: Inverness is in the ass end of nowhere, so allow plenty of travel time if you’re driving. You’ll probably need to arrive Saturday for packet pick-up (though they do allow some people to register early Sunday, it is not highly advertized). If you want to eat anywhere decent, book a restaurant ASAP. The week before the marathon is not a suitable time to try and find anywhere willing to accommodate you (no matter how much you beg), unless eating at 3pm or 10:30 pm is your style.

Oh, and the medal ain’t bad, but it hasn’t changed in years.

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SWAG
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