Follow the progress of lee (aka Choisty) live in the forums as he prepares to run the Paris Marathon under the guidance of mentor Steve Smythe
Marathon PB: 2:54:37 (2006)
My strengths: Smiling
My weaknesses: Pies
About me: I love to run, anywhere and anyhow, whether a fell race, on the roads or just out training getting lost meeting new people and raising a smile. I would love to learn how to fit marathon training into my busy work and family schedule without causing a divorce getting sacked! I am an outgoing person by nature and I love to spread the running gospel far and wide, normally by getting lost. I believe you always run faster when you're smiling!
Lee's schedule | Lee's training thread | Lee's forum profile
*(NB: target to be discussed with coach and may be adjusted accordingly)
Introducing the fourth member of our ASICS Target 26.2 team - Lee (aka Choisty)
He’ll be posting his training progress and be receiving physio and nutrition advice from the ASICS PRO Team live on this thread so make sure you bookmark this thread to find out how he gets on. You can read more about Lee's running background and goals by clicking on the article link at the top of the thread.
Good luck Lee!
Was great meeting you in Birmingham and hope the coaching converts your obvious talent for running into a seriously quick time at Paris.
All the best ...
No string vests now ya hear!
Brilliant news - will look forward to following your progress! Good luck
Cheers guys..I have to say I though everyone deserved to get through as Brum was brilliant and that was because of the people, I didn't go to sleep 'til about 1am that night. I would be keen to meet up again at one of the halves coming up as part of the prize.
I was told to keep quiet but I have been bursting to get on here as I am very very ...very excited!
So here goes for the target of 2:45 championship qualifying time in Paris (stretch target 2:39)
SB - I do have a string running vest!
Aye ... 02:39 should be the target
Congratulations!, and inspiring target.. Looking forward to catching up with you and the others on Saturday.
Thank you all it means a lot, and I look forward to seeing people in London, where I'm a bit worried about the health check as since I had the snip I don't liek check my health too closely .
SNHN, it's not just the smile that's dopey!!! as I hope to prove
Stolen from KR's thread but details have been changed to mine!
A bit of a background picture:
Age: 38Resident: North Hampshire (Kingsclere nr. Basingstoke)Status: MarriedChildren: 1 Girl (7) 1 Boy (4)Pets: 4 FishDriving Licence: CleanMusic: Anything but Plastic Pop or JazzFood: Roast DinnerFilm: Toy StoryMarathons: 2:54:37 (2006) Qty = 5 + 2 in training last marathon was 200720miles: 2:01:13 (2011)Half: 1:16:06 (2010)10 miles: 56:53 (2011)10k: 34:33 (2011)5 miles: 27:45 (2011)5k: 16:50 (2010)3000m S/C: 10:36.4 (2011)2000m S/C: 6:50.5 (2011)
Total races = 188
Well done Choisty (how did you get that nickname?) and I am glad to see you get roped into steeplechase at Southern League matches but maybe you didn't have to be roped in: your time shows you are somewhat decent at the event.
I am not planning to get anywhere near your time but I am interested in seeing how you deal with the mental side of it. Even at 2:45, let alone 2:39 (which IMHO is a bridge to far), you are looking to knock 10 minutes or so off you PB. Your half and 10 mile times say it is possible but it is a big leap and not the usual 2 or 3 minutes a year safely safely others do.
Congratulations Lee! Look forward to seeing you on saturday
2:39 is an amazing goal - I hope you get there! x
I never need my arm twisting for a spot of chasing, it's where the name Choisty comes form, as Choisty was 50-1 outsider for the national I picked in a sweepstake, it won the virtual national in the indy, then fell at the first in the actually event.
The way I work for goals are main goal, stretch goal and perfect goal...mine this time around is main goal 2:45, stretch goal sub 2:40, perfect goal 2:38. What that means is I will train for 2:38 and my pace will be based on that so that if on the day things don't quite go to plan I have a little bit in the reserve tank.
Also as I haven't run a marathon for a long time and since then I have taken 7mins off my 10mile time I think there is scope to improve by the required amount.
As a clubmate of Lee I'm really pleased that he has been chosen for this.
We are a tiny club and don't have the coaching staff for Lee's level of performance even though the club is extremely successful.
Hopefully we will all be able to learn from Lee's experience.
However, I could add a few different things to his list of "achievements" .
Hope all goes well.
Piers wrote (see)
Well for those hoping to see him in London on Saturday; I woudn't wait, he'll probably end up in South Wales.
His sense of direction is atrocious; he was once running along the North Devon coast and he somehow managed to run the wrong direction!
Piers, if you mention the test way there will be no beer tonight!
Matchstick Man wrote (see)
Choisty, what sort of mileage do you do a week currently,ie do you keep a diary? Also how do you structure your year, your training and your racing? Your 2-01 for 20 looks promising for your targets next spring so did you train specifically for it or was it something you just went and did? I take it you self coach and am trying to get a feel for how you train - is it structured or as you feel or somewhere in the middle? As someone who aspires to your short distance times I'm simply interested as to how you've got them: by accident or design?
No worries about the questions.
The thing I think helps most with training, racing and running is to smile and enjoy it
Won't hurt you too much
I had a feeling when I met you first thing at Bootcamp that you'd make a great member of the final 5. A great goal to aim for! Well done Lee on making the team and all the very best for Paris. I'll be following the forums and tracking your progress.
Congratulations and don't forget to take enough change for the car park!
Thank you all for your votes and congratulations, I hope to make this interesting reading, one thing is for sure I am likely to go off on a tangent from tiem to time.
CC2 I have worked up to 90+mpw when marathon training before without injury problems so am hopeful I can again.
Abi, I've decieded to take the train at the weekend so I don't have to faff about in central london in the car
As piers said we did "Norfolk" reps at the club last night, now this session stems from our training week last year when we joined a session of North Norfolk Beach Runners and in true runners style each rep turned into a wee bit of a race. However the session was a complete mix of differing length and pace of rep and you never new what was coming next, so often it was flat out only to find the rep suddenly extended by 200m.
Last nights session was a series 4 x 2min 30s on a hill, then on to a new area for 3 x 1.2km cruise reps, then 5 x 100m hill sprints with the last being a race between the two groups with the slower paced group having a head start, which they used exceptionally well to win by a street.
Another Clubmate of Choisty's....................
Piers is 100% right about Lee's sense of direction and the "Test Way" episode is the classic of his navigational blunders.
All the best with your training Lee, I will have to look at new ways to make you suffer on Thursday nights.
Choisty wrote (see)
Unfortunately I couldn't complete the tests as my heart had an irregularity which could be a blockage or a sign of increased athletic performance, I will find out next week! I was advised to take it easy until then. So I decided to race this morning, which was wonderful through the frost, and even better I won individually and we won as a team!
Typical runner, told he may have a heart condition (and we all know it is the docs being ultra-cautious) and to take it easy so he races
We need more details than that, what race, what distance, what performance?
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