April 18th, 2011
I'm planning on trying to juggle kids & work to actually be able to run, failing fantastically the last few months
Ran 10 miles a fortnight ago and 5 miles yesterday. Broke Ski maching thingy tonight on first use, cr@p cr@p cr@p
drawing up plan of action tonight before its too late. Boston will be 22nd marathon so alls not lost til the fat lady sings and I'm not singing yet
Running Liverpool & Silverstone half's, before Boston & Edinburgh Marathons........
Ooops I'll post on my login now!
Nice one Smifffie............. Posting on my login eh !! .
Whatever next !! Just make sure you keep up with me at Silverstone AND Liverpool , it will be good training for Boston.
Yeah scary when you actually look at it on the calender! Whats scarier is that I've got Barcelona 6 weeks before it!!
The idea that I'd be disciplined and motavated enough to train through Christmas and New Year turned out to be rubbish so now I've got to catch up! Got 30k in over the weekend but could feel it on Monday! Out tonight to get in 10k ish. Shins were kicking off a bit at the weekend so hopefully they'll settle down a bit maybe I can get a bit more distance in.
Micromagic - I'd love to know about heartbreak hill to! I think it's not actually that bad but because so many races have been run and lost there it's notorious.
Heartbreak hill: no, it's not as bad as people make out. If it was at the start of the race it wouldn't be a problem. However you've had 16 miles of generally downhill running (which can really hammer the quads) when the hills start. There are four separate rises and if you've overcooked the first half of the race coming to a grinding halt on the final hill is not uncommon. Save something early on in the race and you'll nail it.
Good to hear from you guys.
I'm getting very frustrated at the moment as my calf injury will not clear up (probably as I did not rest it enough) So more rehab before training resumes.
Its hard when the clocks ticking and the days are getting closer to the start and the training schedule has gone out of the window. Still better to get to the start undercooked but 100% fit rather than still injured.
I don't know if anyone else does but I follow DC Rainmaker's Blog essentially a blog ref running, Tri's and equipment reviews. It is very very good!!!
Anyway he writes up a report on his Boston 2009 Marathon experience which I found very useful. Includes lots of pictures and information.
You can find it at Boston Marathon 2009 Blog
Yep I thought the blog was a good read, better than some of the other stuff on Boston as it was written from a participating runner's perspective!
Was the same type of cups in Berlin, I gave up trying to drink at pace and slowed right down to make sure I took on board enough fluids. Perhaps I should line up a few paper cups on the garden table and practice trying to grab, drink at speed!!
The blog certainly gives you a good feel for the race. Boston will only be my 9th Marathon but I think I'm looking forward to this one more than I have the others, just hope I stay free of injury !
It's early days but the training is going ok so far, had a 2 hour off road run on the South Downs yesterday, the mileage was n't huge but the scenery was spectacular and my Garmin measured 2,500 feet of climb.
Doing my local 10k this Sunday so should be a good early gauge of where I'm at.
How's training going for everyone else ?
Yeah cheers for that Biggles. A really good read and now making me very excited!
So who's going to plan to run it hard for a time and who is going just for the day?
I'm going to do Barcelona marathon in March with the plan to run that hard and hopefully not Boston........well that's the plan anyway!
Whiteleyox - That sounds like a great run! Some more like that and you should be in good stead for the Boston hills!
Just received confirmation that my place for Boston 2011 is confirmed. Lke many others I should have run 2010 but Iceland ash ruined that plan. owing to a complicated communication problem I had given up hope so now I will have to get down to some serious training. The last few weeks have been hopeless due to a serious dose of "man-flue".
Loking at the list of UK entrants I appear to be the oldest at 68. I qualified at Chicago 2009 thanks to the lax times for geritrics. This will be my 20th Marathon since 2004 andfor me the final of the "Big Five".
Should be fun.
Well, back in light training now from calf strain, done lots of rehab and strengthening work so far so good, happy days
I would really love to get a London good for age time and run the 2012 VLM but I have read up a lot about Boston and the course demands respect!!! The big thing everyone says is to start at slower pace than target and build so that you have the energy reserves for the Newton Hills. Sounds common sense really but the downhill nature of the first half apparently catches people out.
ITC Fantastic effort. I still have Boston and Chicago to do but hopefully by the end of this year....................!
How's every one's training going?
Managed a 13mile today completely injury free so that was a great feeling. I was supposed to keeping a slowish pace but 7:30 felt easy enough so kept to that.
Have a couple of races comimg up which should be a good indication where I am with regard to fitness etc after recent injuries. Anyone else doing Wokingham on the 13th Feb or Brighton on the 20th?
Impressive running with those conditions at sub 6min pace!! A little too quick for me!
But I suspect I have a few years on you
I'm looking at 7:25 for Boston which will hopefully get me in at 3:15 but will be flexible on the day. I guess you're after a sub 2:40 ish.
Lets hope Wokingham is a bit warmer this year. It was snowing on the drive in but just bloody cold during the race.
Not made Vet status yet (quite), so you could probably make a fair guess on any age gap
Have run Wokingham a few times, from stunningly perfect conditions right through to having it cancelled due to snow, so I'll be happy to take somewhere in the middle since it is just a mara effort (ish) training run.
Not overly stressed about time for Boston as the main time focused marathon for me this year is Berlin. Just trying to complete a solid training cycle in time for Boston and just let the training take care of the time. Would expect a 2.3x if I can stay injury free and keep things going the way they are though.
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