Long Run, Facts And A Competition!

In Which You Can Win Something! (Not From Me, I’m Not That Generous)

Last Thursday I finally FINALLY got out and did a long training run. I’ve been doing little runs from work and around the area where I live, but this is the first time I’ve hit double figures. I did 10 miles! To put into perspective, this is the 3rd longest I’ve ever run, whether training or racing. These are my longest ever distances:

  • 1 x 26.2 mile marathon.
  • 1 x 13.1 mile 1/2 marathon.
  • 1 x 10 mile training run.
  • 1 x 8 mile training run.
  • 7 x 10k races.
  • Plenty x 3 mile or less training runs.

“But Marc!” You cry. (Why are you crying? Wuss.) “What about all the training runs you did before Blackpool marathon?”

“Look.” I reply, “I hardly did any. And that’s why it hurt so much and took weeks to recover. Wipe your tears or I’ll get the blister picture out again.”

I was aiming for around a 10:15 per mile pace (which in the marathon would give me a Sub 4:30 finish) so was pleased when I got home and saw that I’d averaged 09:58 a mile.

Although it seems my house sunk 3ft while I was out...

Although it seems my house sunk 3ft while I was out…

With only 4 weeks of training left before York Marathon, I’m making sure I get a long run in each week, upping the distance each time. Depending on which articles you read depends on how far you go on your longest long run before marathon day. Some say 20miles a few times, others say only go up to 16. I’m putting faith in the ‘only go up to 16 miles’ article, because it’s on the internet and therefore true.

Also, I’ve been practicing with energy gels. (Something else I didn’t do for Blackpool Marathon.) I got to about 5 1/2 miles on my long run and felt a bit tired, so had a gel (took ages, they’re like jam. Jam!) and felt a bit better for it. Plus they have energy drink stations around the course in York, whereas Blackpool just had water. They also have Lucozade energy gel at miles 15 and 20, but I’m expecting these to have gone by the time I get there. I might get myself one of those oh-so-cool gel pouch things!

(Ha! Just remembered I had a dream the other night about lining up for a race, and Sarah was shouting at me that I’d entered the disabled race by accident, so I decided to pretend to be blind. I was stood in the line up, looking up and off to one side, blinking my eyes loads.)

Marathon Facts

You lose around 2kg (4.5lbs) doing a marathon due to sweat. Think on that when you go to hug your loved ones at the end.

In 1908 the length of the marathon was going to be 26 miles, starting at Windsor Castle and finishing at White City Stadium. Queen Alexandra told them that they had to extend it a further 385 yards(to total 26.2 miles) – so that the royal children could watch the race from their nursery. When you get to the 26 mile marker in your marathon, remember that if it wasn’t for spoilt little brats, you’d be finished.

If you weigh 140lbs and run 10 minute miles, you’ll burn just under 2’800 calories doing a marathon. (If it wasn’t for those pesky Royal kids, it’d be less.) They say to eat an average of 2’000 – 2’500 calories a day, so added to the calories you burned off you can go ABSOLUTELY MENTAL on junk food for the rest of the day.

I don't even...

That horse has arms. ARMS.

Famous Marathoners:

  • Gordon Ramsey finished the Los Angeles marathon in 3 hours, 36 minutes.
  • George W. Bush ran the Houston marathon in 1993 in 3 hours, 44 minutes.
  • Ryan Reynolds ran 2008 NYC Marathon in 3 hours, 50 minutes, 22 seconds.
  • Will Ferrell completed the Boston marathon in 2003 in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 12 seconds.
  • In 2003, Sean Combs (Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Piddely Diddely) ran the NYC Marathon in 4 hours, 14 minutes, 54 seconds.
  • Alanis Morissette did the NYC in 2009 in 4 hours, 28 minutes, 45 seconds.
  • Katie Holmes finished the 2007 New York City marathon in 5 hours, 29 minutes, 58 seconds.
  • To raise money for Sports Relief, Eddie Izzard ran 43 marathons in 51 days after only 5 weeks of training.

The average man completes the marathon in: 4h, 32min and 8 seconds

The average woman completes the marathon in: 5h, 6min, and 8 seconds

It takes roughly 46’112 steps to get round a marathon.

99% of people have never done a marathon. In America, it raises to 99.9% that have never done one.

Suitably motivated? Good, on to…


(You probably just scrolled straight to this anyway. If you did, you missed some GREAT facts.)

I got an email from the Leeds Abbey Dash organisers who are busy organising the Leeds Abbey Dash and who are running a competition for 2 free entries to the Leeds Abbey Dash (which they are organising.)

It’s a lovely, flat, out and back route and it starts and ends in Leeds City Centre. (Near where the pubs are.)

Takes place on Sunday 17th November.


Probably best if you live in/around Yorkshire for this one…

Good Luck!

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24 thoughts on “Long Run, Facts And A Competition!

  1. Great run! I think you will do better in your marathon, but wow, only 16 miles? I have a different training philosophy, but my long term goal is that 55 mile race, so everything seems short when I look at that goal. I am kind of a nut about running long. I think you could be really AMAZING at running with very consistent training!

  2. Neat facts! Although, as an American, I have to say it is *quite* embarrassing that Bush has a faster marathon PR than myself….shameful! You’ve provided me with a serious time goal for my next one. 🙂 Thanks! Great blog Hemingway – keep it going!

  3. Loved the facts. I read all of them!
    I’ve never done a full marathon but I would follow a similar plan to what you are now if I was. Good luck!

  4. Great post, I just entered the Abbey dash comp, cheers.
    I’m with you on the 16 mile thing. 20 mile runs are rubbish and hard to recover from. I have done just one this time round and a few 16 milers. I’ll know in 3 weeks if it was the right thing to do, but at the moment it certainly feels like it. Good luck in York.

  5. I’m faster than the average woman … .would never have known that! Woo hoo. Thanks for the encouragement as I start to do the long runs … again!

  6. See you at York! I’m planning what I’ll eat afterwards already 🙂

  7. I made the mistake of never taking gels in training runs, took my first one during a half marathon. God it was horrible, far too thick! Have found some more liquidy type ones now which don’t need a load of water to flush it down!

    Good luck with the training, I’m aiming to make my first marathon as enjoyable as possible!

  8. My favorite long run fuel are the Bonk Breaker peanut butter and jelly bar. They’re small and mighty and do the trick. I recommend them.

  9. I’ve just signed up for my first half. I’m doing it for the bumper sticker.

  10. I’m going to be in the 0.1% … thanks for the motivation!! Good luck on your marathon!!

  11. Two things:

    1. The extra 0.2 miles added onto the 1908 Marathon caused the first runner into the stadium, Dorando Pietri, to collapse and need to be helped over the finish line. He was therefore disqualified and Queen Alexandra felt so guilty that she arranged for him to receive a special consolation gold cup.
    2. I now know Alanis Morissettte is 12 seconds faster than me over 26.2!

  12. Oooooo….a gel pouch…..that sounds soooo cool! *sarcasm*

  13. I know I shouldn’t laugh at that dream but that is hilarious! Glad training is going well for you 🙂

  14. That Will Ferrell (and pretty much everyone else on your list) has run a marathon faster than me is more than enough motivation.

  15. Spoilt little brats 🙂 Ha ha ha!

    16 mile long run. Talking about the Hanson’s method?

  16. You really are funny. Thanks for liking my post because now I follow your blog and literally lol @ every post! Oh, and you are inspiring, too!

  17. Are you seriously telling me that you’ve run a marathon with that kind of running history? I think I’m in shock! How did you do it? Jesus!

    • Yeah. I was running about 3 miles 3 times a week but my longest ever training run was about 6 miles before the marathon. I’m just very strong minded I guess! Wanted to quit at mile 14 but kept on.

  18. Well done on the long run: great pace! And your dream made me laugh, even though I know I shouldn’t…. 😉

  19. You’re very brave, but completely mad. You need much, much, more training volume before you can expect anything but misery in a marathon. My long run before RACING a HALF marathon is 15 miles…

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