I’m currently in training for the Edinburgh Marathon I’m on week 5 and counting down. Quite looking forward to it now, although the long runs are better now since the scottish weather is improving. This is my second marathon having done the Berlin Marathon last year, of which I really enjoyed (nice and flat). As far as training goes, I’m following a book called “the Competitive runners handbook” by “Bob Glover and Shelly-lynn Florence Glover.
I would class myself as a basic competitor so I’m following the training regime on page 249 of the book and what I’ve found while doing the long runs in Edinburgh, is that it’s really quite difficult to work out the milege using a map and something thats really not needed these days.
What I do is use The AA’s website and pick a location that I know is roughly half the distance I need to run. Using my home as a start point (my postcode anyway), In my case this week I need to run 14 miles for my long run, so I know that Musselburgh is about 7 miles I put my postcode in the from: part of the route planner, then the town Musselburgh in the to: field tick the box that asks Would you like a map of your route? and it works out all the hard bits for me (see below) it even draws a map for you. Yep I know it’s lazy but hey if it saves time then its a good idea in my book.
|0.00||Start out at EH6 4AF,Leith||A902||0.00|
|0.05||At traffic signals turn left onto North Junction Street – A901||A901||0.05|
|0.20||At entrance to Ocean Terminal turn right at traffic signals onto Commercial Street – A199 (signposted Berwick upon Tweed)||A199||0.25|
|0.51||Bear right onto Seafield Road – A199. Entering Edinburgh||A199||2.13|
|0.88||Bear right onto Seafield Road East – A199. Entering Craigentinny||A199||3.01|
|0.01||Junction with A1140/B6415||A199||3.02|
|0.01||At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Sir Harry Lauder Road – A199 (signposted Berwick upon Tweed) Entering Edinburgh||A199||3.03|
|1.39||Bear left onto Sir Harry Lauder Road – A199. Entering Portobello||A199||4.42|
|0.02||Junction with A1||A199||4.43|
|0.02||At roundabout take the 1st exit onto Milton Road – A199 (signposted Musselburgh) Entering Edinburgh||A199||4.45|
|0.90||At traffic signals turn right onto Musselburgh Road – A199||A199||5.35|
|0.07||Continue forward onto Edinburgh Road – A199. Entering Musselburgh||A199||5.42|
|0.84||Brunton Theatre (Musselburgh)||A199||6.26|
|0.19||Cross River Esk and at traffic signals bear left then immediately turn right onto Dalrymple Loan – A6124 (signposted Inveresk)||A6124||6.44|
|0.20||Bear left onto Inveresk Road – A6124||A6124||6.65|
|0.08||Arrive at Musselburgh,Midlothian||A6124||6.73|
|–||Section time 0:17, Total time 0:17||–|