By the way did anybody notice the old guy in the orange who was knocked over by the bomb going off? He was 78 and about to cross the finishing line in 4:09. Pretty impressive I hear you say!!!!!!!
Well take 4 mins off for crossing the start line and another 20 minutes off to account for the fact he started in wave 2 20 mins behind the real flyers. A 78 year old man ran Boston in 3:45!!!!!!
Along with the people of Boston that just sums up the magic of Boston for me. It is a gathering of people that are just amazing runners like that 78 year old and it was an absolute priveledge to be able to take a place on the starting line with blokes like him. The people of Boston treat everybody that makes it to the marathon like superstars. For me it really is the most magical place and race on earth and hopefully a few evil people will not destroy it or change it forever.
Well done for the 3:28! These things happen for a reason - you were obviously meant to run Tokyo next year. And the fact that you finish so many marathons with such good times is better than most!
And wow! Richard Branson! Know what you mean though - I waited for about 10 seconds for someone to have their photo taken with Goofy at the finish of the Disney marathon so that I could high-five him before I crossed the finish line! I had to have a Goofy high-five for finishing the Goofy!
You wont regret doing Tokyo Caniggia33. Great event, quick course, big enthusiastic crowds and some typical Japanese quirks (ie, official feeding stations handing out cherry tomatoes and spectators handing out sushi). Registration opens on 1st August and stays open for the whole month.
5k, 10k and dopey sold out.
Still places in the half, full and goofy if anybody is still wanting to enter some races.
I've got up for the last few days without sore legs for the 1st time in months. This running break is great. It wont last long after 2 days back at work I can feel my stress levels rising and will need to run soon. Sore legs are less inconvenient to my life than a life sentence for murdering someone getting on my thruppeny bits lol
I've just entered a couple of 10ks and a couple of halfs for over the summer. Think I will just try to have a bit of fun and do a couple of races I've not done before just to add a bit of variety. Feels like ages since I ran a few 10k's as I've just stumbled from marathon to marathon for the last 15 months. London was my 5th since april last year and was at least one too many. Time to have a bit of fun.
Its just as well I ran London while I had the chance the qualifying time for men under 40 has come down again. Not quite as severe as it was before but 3:05 is 5 minutes quicker than it was for this year and faster than I've ever gone in my life. At least in years to come I can say I qualified for London I just won't mention the times were "soft" when I got in.
Bizarrely everybody under 40 (blokes not unexpected) and women aged 55 and over (completely bewildering) have been hammered by the powers that be while everybody else's times stayed the same. The women aged 55-59 have to run 15 minutes faster and women over 65 have to be 30 mins quicker than they were for this years race. Does anybody think HRT should be banned as a performance enhancing drug. If they know what these HRT tablets are please let me know as I will be bumping some and trying them myself. Being a pharmacist has to have some perks lol
The organisers must have let too many runners and not enough feckwits into this years race and won't want to make the same mistake again lol
Don't really know what age HRT is required, but a local lady runner aged 45-49 has qualified to run with the elites in London 2 years running now - so there may be something in your theory....
Know what you mean about the shorter races - just ran a half marathon for a bit of fun at the weekend with very little training - but really enjoyed it and equalled my PB!
Mind you, I went there to be anonymous (as I was expecting to be embarrassingly slow) - until my competitive running partner saw someone they knew (but are not particularly fond of) and demanded that I beat them! Ruined the start for me as I'm not particularly competitive (only with my own times) and I sulked big-style that I wasn't going to be able to just relax and plod round, using it as a bit of training. Anyway, it all worked out ok and I really enjoyed the run - not much wind (for a change!) and flat.
But for the first time in a few years my focus has moved away from Disney - to Rome! Really excited about going now - another 20th anniversary medal!
I dare say that immediately after Rome I will be dreaming about the 10th anniversary Goofy.....
The bullet for next year has been bit. Look where I'm going!!!!!!!!!!!!
And to continue the theme of Disney 2013, I will be targeting another 20th anniversary medal - in Rome.
But back to Florida in 2015 if all goes well.
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