Runners Profile - Lesley Moore
- MARATHON PB – LONDON 2015 – 3:10:13
- HALF MARATHON PB – GOSPORT 2013 – 1:28:58
- PARKRUN PB – 19:11
- 1ST LADY – BOURNEMOUTH BAY HALF MARATHON APRIL 2015
- 1ST LADY – EGDON EASY 10K MAY 2015
- 1ST LADY – TUNNEL TO TOWERS 5K, FORT LAUDERDALE, USA
- 1ST LADY – WIMBORNE 10 NOV 2015
Club: Poole AC
Event - London Marathon
Date: April 2015
I have been running more seriously since 2011 but actually ran my first marathon in London in 2005 finishing in 4hrs 22. My breakthrough year was 2013 when I started to run with a different group at my club and after being paced round some local races found my times falling. That year my highlights were 66:09 at the Cabbage Patch 10 mile race in London and a month later 1:28:58 at the Gosport Half marathon.
Since spring 2014 after qualifying for the London marathon (with my Gosport time) I have been on the marathon trail – with two serious marathon builds a year and finish times of VLM 2014 3:29:54, Berlin 2014 3:22:13, London 2015 3:10:13 (PB) and Bournemouth 2015 3:20:08.
For 2016 I'm building up for another London marathon, then over the summer I want to focus on 5k & 10k races.
For my past few marathons, even when staying in a hotel, I always take my own cereal – usually Weetabix or a porridge pot. I rarely eat before Sunday long runs but on marathon day I have either one Weetabix with milk and sugar or a porridge pot (where you just add boiling water) – not particularly healthy but easy to have in your hotel room and they work for me. I will also have a cup of tea. I don’t drink much water pre-race.
I use High 5 energy gels – I prefer the Citrus Burst variety but have also enjoyed the Mojito ones! Seems wrong to be thinking of cocktails when running a marathon, but it always makes me chuckle as I reach for my gel, which I guess helps keep me relaxed!
During London this year I think I had about 5 gels. I will try to have my first one around 5 miles. This approach worked well for me at Berlin 2014 and London 2015.
I also took on some Lucozade sports energy drink from one of the aid stations towards the end, I think near the tunnel around 23-24 miles (you know the one with the obscene Disco music blaring in it!) After quite a few gels they can get a bit difficult to take onboard and I am not keen on water so the flavoured energy drink is a good alternative to carry me through to the finish.
Once crossing the line I will try to drink some of the water provided in the goody bag but otherwise I’m afraid it tends to be meet up with friends for a pint at the pub in Westminster! Especially this year as I was so stunned with my time!
I am not usually hungry so don’t really eat much. I find it hard to eat soon after the long runs. On the way home from London marathon though, I do like to have a well earned MacDonald's at Fleet services!
I have tried various different belts to hold my nutrition but struggled to find one small enough for me that doesn’t bounce around for 26 miles during the marathon. The one I used at the London marathon 2015 didn’t suit me at all and constantly distracted me.
However whilst at the VLM expo I visited the “Flipbelt” trade stand. After my frustrations mentioned during running London, I subsequently purchases an XS flipbelt which I used at Bournemouth marathon in October and I often use on training runs/longer races. It doesn’t move around at all and can accommodate gels, keys and phones securely. I thoroughly recommend this piece of kit. It was particularly suitable for me because the other belts just didn’t go small enough or bounced around too much.
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