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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