Rotterdam 2009

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05/03/2009 at 13:20

Oooohhh, Steve, does that mean you get into the first VLM with the five rejections?

The biggest event I've done so far has had about 400 people - I think Rotterdam is going to seem huge to me - FLM would do my head in!!

05/03/2009 at 15:05

Aye, only just realised it'd changed as well. So I never got to run the FLM  ah well.

Should have a guaranteed place with my good for age time anyhow, unless the requirements change. Doesn't really matter who the sponsor is, the course will be the same and the atmosphere will hopefully push me to another PB. Although if I get caught up in the madness at the start I'll hate it! Anyway need to concentrate on Rotters first.

05/03/2009 at 18:45
I see Paula is out of London again.....
08/03/2009 at 17:50

Decided to stick with the schedule, so 16 miles today. Went slightly faster than I should have, but it felt comfortable. Bit on the windy side, it has to be said. 10 minutes quicker than the last 16 miles though, so I'm happy.

20 miles next week, then the taper........this is getting close!

Hope everyone else is progressing well.

08/03/2009 at 17:57

Well done RebekahJane - I am hoping to do 15 tomorrow

How do you feel?

08/03/2009 at 18:15

I'm feeling good, actually, could have carried on at the same pace at the end of the run (preferably without the wind though, there were points where I was running on the spot because of it). Not as stiff as I been after other long runs either.

I'll think of you doing 15 tomorrow while I enjoy my rest day

08/03/2009 at 19:14
Was supposed to be 16 miler for me today also, but tagged on a few more miles at the end to make it 18 as I was feeling ok. Rest day tomorrow now and looking forward to it, so it's down to you Vixx to keep things moving tomorrow. Good luck with it.
10/03/2009 at 14:42

whoops... sorry I abandoned this thread a few weeks ago!

I'm still running, still getting ready for Rotterdam. Slight blip with a week's skiing at the end of February. I did do a couple of treadmill sessions whilst I was there though. Thought I'd lost huge amounts of fitness, before realising that running a 2300 metres really is a lot more difficult!

 Since then I've done some more long runs, but only up to around 26 k so far - and I want to do a 30k + run before the race itself. Maybe this Sunday...

 Still, at least it's getting lighter. I've been doing early morning weekday runs in the dark for months, for the first time this morning I headed away from the street lights and went into the woods which was great. Feels like spring is coming... but also reminds me that we are less than 4 weeks away!!


10/03/2009 at 15:46

Welcome back Simon, we thought we'd lost you   glad to hear you're still Rotterdam bound.

Shhhhh, only four weeks  I keep going onto the marathon site (obsessed, moi?!) and they have the countdown in days, hours, minutes and seconds (25 days 18 hours, just in case you need to know).

Vixx, did you get out for your 15 miles yesterday? Do you competition winners get a special start area?

Steve, well done on your extra miles at the weekend - you have to be on track for a PB, I'm sure of it.

I'm just back from a relaxing 5 miles with the dog - spring is definitely on the way it was lovely out.

10/03/2009 at 17:06

Hello RJ - I actually did 16.25 in the end - the vast majority of them out on the road, but then the weather took a turn for the worse, so I did the last 3 on the treadmill, which was annoying, but the weather was just too bad to stay out in. I don't think I get a special start place - probably at the back! I put in an expected finish time of 5:30:00

How is everyone today?

11/03/2009 at 06:27

ok, trying to make up for my absence over the last month by posting again now!

Just did easy 8k, feel a lot better than yesterday, long runs seem to take 3 days to get rid of the aches and pains. Day after long run it's difficult to imagine I could run for the bus, let alone 27 m 385 yds!

11/03/2009 at 06:27
whoops, I meant 26 m 385 yds, I can do without an extra challenge!
12/03/2009 at 20:12

Hehe, that extra mile would be hell as well, with the wieght of the medal and goody bag to carry

Did my last interval session tonight. Now it's just easy and tempo runs. I hate intervals - but went well 4 x 1600m and ahead of target pace. So as long I can walk tomorrow spirits will be high. Not long now, hope all are well and where they want to be in their prep.

12/03/2009 at 23:09

It's all about staying injury-free for me in the next 3 & 1/2 weeks!

Knees are complaining, but nothing major, so I should be fine as long as I keep the tempo runs balanced with easy ones.

Steve - I picked a program without intervals, since I hate them too... evidently you've got more will-power than me!

15/03/2009 at 17:21

And the taper's all in the bank now people, we can relax and ease our way through the next couple of weeks (eek!). 20 miles today with no incident and at target pace (averaged out anyway, I have to adjust for those silly hills).

Simon, I really do not need extra distance, an extra yard would be bad enough - Behave! Victory lap anyone?

Got a SiS marathon belt for my gels. Did you get anything sorted Steve?

Now, I'm just going to repeat "I believe in the schedule" until race day.....

Vixx, I put myself in the back pen (G) as it is my first marathon.......maybe see you at the start.

16/03/2009 at 10:35

Taper... what's that

22 miles yesterday. And just ahead of schedule. Forgot to stretch off properly last night though and so feeling it a bit today. 20 miler next weend. Then my taper will begin.

RJ - Prob not going to bother with a belt now. Think I can manage with  3 gels, 2 I can get in my shorts pocket and I'll come up with something inventive for the third!

Just need to remain sensible now and not do myself a mischief

16/03/2009 at 12:56

Well, I looked it up and apparently a taper has something to do with lighting candles.....

No one is allowed to make, have or obtain any mischief - it is forbidden until late on Sunday 5th April, when mischief can, and probably will, abound

Now, where was I? Oh yes, I believe in the schedule, I BELIEVE in the schedule....even if I have just noticed an interval session at the end of this week.......I b-e-l-i-e-v-e in the schedule!!

16/03/2009 at 13:01

I did 19.5 miles last Friday, so whilst I will not start my taper until next weekend, I will probably do 15 or so toward the end of the week to end on.  Then it's carbo-load time and fun, fun, fun! Well, as fun as it can be flying to Rotterdam with my mate, going to the expo, seeing the sights and, oh yes - run a marathon!

Can't believe I got marathon ready in a month!

How is everyone doing?

16/03/2009 at 13:15

Yay! Well done Vixx - that is quite some achievement, especially with your hip recuperation 

I'm into the "who thought this would be a good idea" stage of training........the 20 miles at the weekend was okay and I could have continued...(supose I did, what with dog walking and what not to do on my return)...but another 10k? Don't panic! I tell myself that I have not been training at race pace so when I have run for that length of time I will have less then 10k to do....and it is on the flat....and hopefully not as windy as most days I have been out......and the atmosphere will help.....and running with other people.....and cheering crowds.......oh, whose idea was this?!??!

But, physically, I'm ready - because (all together now) I believe........

16/03/2009 at 13:21

RJ - I will also be in (G) so we could try and arrange a system for saying Hi and maybe doing the first few miles (you will most likely be faster than I am) together.  I will be around the 5:30:00 mark I think.  I just wonder if it is a definite cut-off or a guideline as I would hate to be cut off at 5:30:00 if I am not far from the finish.....

I know I can do it - it's all about the belief!!!

And I know you guys can all do it too.....

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