My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3 Roger

Asics year they 26.2 2014 journey

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07/04/2014 at 22:22
Sarah and Victor also deserve a special mention, thanks for the physio and sound advice you guys are great and also part of the reason for my great success.

James thanks for looking after my asics kit needs, it performed fantastically.

Andrew thanks for all the help

Dr Vice thanks for the Chiropractic which was invaluable.

I am so blessed to have such an awesome team
07/04/2014 at 22:33

Having been with Roger over the past few days - he is an inspiration. The man is a machine. Where he get's his energy from is beyond me.

He has a heart of gold and that shows in how he looks after people and brings his experience to the conversation.

Thank you Roger for your words of wisdom.

08/04/2014 at 14:32

Well done Roger ,Great running and much quicker in the second half so definitely potential there to be even faster. 

08/04/2014 at 19:38

Roger - thanks for being so nice about us all! I am just so thrilled for  you. when is your next marathon????

08/04/2014 at 20:26

It's like an Oscar acceptance speech in here! 

Now you get to just sit back and watch the rest of us give it a go in London. I'm a little bit jealous. Only a little bit though

08/04/2014 at 21:22
Haha, oscars. Thanks Gareth, you are gent and really tenacious, you never gave up and you had a much tougher day than me.

Ruth I meant it. Advice was golden.

I hope all of you guys doing London are getting excited, big day soon. It's your turn to shine.

For me it is now time to catch up all the things I've let slip being so foccussed on my running, since I got back my car has given up the ghost, my conservatory door fell off! And I am waiting for the aa to pick me up with my motorbike as I put diesel in it, bit tired/ stupid ( not the first time). But hey that is all ok cos I got a 2.52.23
14/04/2014 at 11:32

Hello everyone,

Not sure who's still checking in on here, but keen to know how all the VLM runners got on yesterday.

I managed 03:08:35, which, given that this time 4 weeks ago I didn't think I'd be able to take my place in the race, is pretty pleasing. I managed remarkably even 5km splits throughout, and even had a bit left in the tank for a burst at the finish. Definitely a case of 'what might have been', but I'm young enough to have plenty more attempts at sub-3 in the future - starting with New York in November!

Hope everyone else is happy with their outcomes as well; well done to you all!

14/04/2014 at 13:36

Well done Cookbox!  I had a similar experience last year at London and finished in 3hrs 11 mins but spent the following 12 months improving my speed and following 'the plan' and all came good in Paris.

Think my next marathon will be London 2015 - in the short-term I am going to remind my kids they have a dad after all this training!!!

14/04/2014 at 15:14

I did London yesterday in 2:53:35. Big new PB which is pleasing but for my 3rd marathon attempt but a lesson about the dangers of the 26.2 distance. Training and prep races have gone pretty well, but was perhaps being pretty optimistic setting myself a 2:45 target. Ran the first half in 1:21:41, and did feel comfortable until mile 20 (there in about 2:05 giving myself 40 minutes for the last 10k) but the wheels came off big time at mile 21 without too much warning, had to go into survival mode to get to the finish over the last 5 miles. Finished badly dehydrated and suffering from heatstroke, and was treated to a little lie down in the medical tent. Whoops!

15/04/2014 at 06:22
Well done Cookbox, great to hear you had a good race and a really good time considering your setbacks. How are the legs today?

Well done Andy bye, a great time and wow 1.21,41 first half the second half must have been painfulThanks for letting us know how you got on. I really enjoy to post race stories as we can really learn from them.

Well done all I hope you are all happy with the result you got. It has been an absolute privilege and a pleasure being part of this community over the last 3 months.
15/04/2014 at 06:23
How did everyone else get on?
15/04/2014 at 11:09

Legs are feeling surprisingly good thanks Roger! Had a sports massage last night, and she said she would never have been able to tell I'd run a marathon the day before! Which tells me I obviously wasn't working hard enough.

As I've said, it was my first London marathon, so apologies if you've all seen this little feature before, but I thought it was pretty nifty:

http://www.runpix4.com/arace8/08/lon14/dge.php?

My proudest stat from my own overview: "Over final 7.2km, you passed 535 runners, and 1 passed you".

Congrats on the big PB Andy - although not the most comfortable of experiences! What do you think happened, not taking on enough fluid before/during the race? Or just a bit too keen in the first half? Like Roger said, it's useful to learn from others' experiences.

Edited: 15/04/2014 at 13:22
15/04/2014 at 14:05

Well done Andy V and Andy B & Cookbox.

Unfortunately, not the same for me in Manchester and came in 3.14.44.
Was going well and through halfway in 1.30.10 and then to 20 in 2.18.34. But then hit the wall at 21 and the last 5 miles were very painful with cramp etc.

I'll have to see where I'm at in the Autumn to whether I do another marathon next spring. Going to work on my 5k, 10k and times over the next few months as I thikn that is key to any improvements.

16/04/2014 at 06:54
Sorry to hear KR, that was always what happened to me previously. I think Ruth's carb load made a big difference. As this was the first marathon I had energy all the way through and ran fastest at the end. How was your nutrition, hydration and perhaps you needed some electrolytes? I took one electrolyte tab the night before and one first thing on the morning to make sure I was hydrated and not going to cramp.

Don't give up. Think of it as a learning experience. Good luck with the speedwork
16/04/2014 at 07:50
Had a brilliant and very enjoyable VLM with. 5 min PB at 3.13, so next year I'll start the long road of chipping away towards 3 hours.So good to hear everyone's experiences - lots of great times and here's to next year!
16/04/2014 at 17:01
Cookbox wrote (see)

Legs are feeling surprisingly good thanks Roger! Had a sports massage last night, and she said she would never have been able to tell I'd run a marathon the day before! Which tells me I obviously wasn't working hard enough.

As I've said, it was my first London marathon, so apologies if you've all seen this little feature before, but I thought it was pretty nifty:

http://www.runpix4.com/arace8/08/lon14/dge.php?

My proudest stat from my own overview: "Over final 7.2km, you passed 535 runners, and 1 passed you".

Congrats on the big PB Andy - although not the most comfortable of experiences! What do you think happened, not taking on enough fluid before/during the race? Or just a bit too keen in the first half? Like Roger said, it's useful to learn from others' experiences.

I think combination of factors led to me hitting the wall. One of the main things I'm going to blame was dehydration as although it wasn't a scorching day it was fairly warm on Sunday especially when in the sunshine, and although there was no shortage of water on route for some reason I didn't feel like it was absorbing into body very well and just seemed to be sloshing around the stomach/making me feel a bit nauseous. Perhaps this was due to nerves, or perhaps not drinking enough on my training runs, so ill try and practice that more, but also in hindsight I wish Id taken an electrolyte tablet and stuck it in a water bottle to dissolve.

The other main factor was obviously the pace I was attempting which obviously stretched me a bit too far. I did feel (fairly) comfortable pretty much right until my legs went pop, but obviously not comfortable enough. I had thought I would get a few more warning signs, and reckoned on more of a gradual slowing, but that's a good lesson for me, and think in the future ill be better served by running more conservatively. I am not too put off by the whole experience and now its a few days later can still say I enjoyed it, but wouldn't want to repeat that last 5 miles.

17/04/2014 at 10:27
Miss Kovich wrote (see)
Had a brilliant and very enjoyable VLM with. 5 min PB at 3.13, so next year I'll start the long road of chipping away towards 3 hours.So good to hear everyone's experiences - lots of great times and here's to next year!

Well done, great race 5 min is huge!


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