ASICS Super Six: Alex (Sub-4:00)

Follow the progress of Alexandra_S, our sub-4:00 hopeful

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17/12/2010 at 18:26

Introducing the fourth member of our ASICS Super Six 2011 … Alex (aka Alexandra_S)

Alex will be using our sub-4:00 Garmin-ready schedule as a basis for her training and will be mentored by Steve Smythe directly on this thread (starting December 20).

She’ll be posting her training progress and be receiving advice directly from the ASICS PRO Team experts live on this thread so make sure you check back regularly to find out how she gets on.

Good luck Alex!

17/12/2010 at 22:33
Go, A!
18/12/2010 at 19:55
Hi there! And welcome to the sub-4:00 SS thread!

Firstly, a million thank yous to those who voted me in to this position. I am both honoured and delighted to be running on behalf of the sub-4:00 wannabes and intend to throw myself into the next four months with boundless energy and enthusiasm.

Secondly, a little bit about myself. I'm Australian, work as a lawyer, can't go a week without baking, and tend to bite my nails. I started running when I moved to London so I could enter a Race for Life and raise money in the name of both my mum and dad smashing cancer. I spent most of 2008 running 5km races, then dared myself to run 10km. 2009 I spent running 10km races, before giving in to my first half in 2010. I've now caught the half marathon bug - so the next step, naturally, is a full blown marathon.

I already exercise every day, and find running the most flexible form for fitting around unpredictable hours at work. I spin and pump, dabble in yoga and powerplate, spend Saturday mornings at Hackney Marshes Parkrun and afternoons at the barre. Following the sub-4:00 schedule will simply entail replacing some of the extracurricular exercise with more running. Very luckily I have a high-spirited club (Run dem Crew) running alongside me and friends at work willing to listen to endless chatter on lunchtime runs.

This four month journey has me overexcited, utterly committed and determined to make more cake than ever. A warning: training sessions are likely to be recounted alongside reports of what's just come out of the oven. I hope you don't mind.

I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in with Steve's expert assistance, to meeting you all, to sharing our highs and lows, and to achieving something together that we can all be proud of.

Toodle pip for now

18/12/2010 at 20:10

Ohhh I shall watch your thread with interest and if I can work out how to get my 305 to accept the plan I will try and join in the fun.

Best of luck.

18/12/2010 at 20:24

Sub 4 in Paris - sounds good to me . And the cake sounds even better! Rocket fuel...

Good luck with the training, I'll be following you with interest.

19/12/2010 at 15:05

Hi- I'm running Lochaber aiming for sub-4 ( done it once...........just). My race is on 10th april,too.

I tend to use a FIRST 3 day per week plan, but am planning to go up to at least 4 days running per week now, plus perhaps one crosstraining session- I think suddenly trying to move up to 5 days per week was my undoing the first time I tried a marathon.  It will be interesting to see how you get on.

19/12/2010 at 22:32
Hi Bright White Trainers, Reindeer Rodent and Tricia! I'm looking forward to comparing notes with you all over the next four months.

Tricia - what's a FIRST plan? Agreed that training too much too soon tempts injury - don't they say mileage should only increase by 10% each week? Sounds sensible to me.

And in case you're hungry, today has seen flourless chocolate chestnut cakes pop out of the oven....

Training starts tomorrow! See you then!
19/12/2010 at 22:40
Any cake left?  *holds out plate*
20/12/2010 at 09:40
Of course! Some in the office today if you're around...
20/12/2010 at 10:32

Am a sub 4.00 hopeful  so will be reading your thread with great interest.  2011 will be my first marathon. have started the FIRST 3 plus 2 plan, Ran 10.5 miles in the snow yesterday - it was a great run (if a bit slow) as the roads were very quiet and beautiful scenes.


20/12/2010 at 10:41
Wonderful! How were your knees afterwards? I ran for the first time on snow at Birmingham boot camp a few weeks ago and found that my knees (which had never been sore before) ached for a bit afterwards. Apparently snow doesn't absorb impact as grass, track or treadmill would.
20/12/2010 at 10:53
Hi Alex *waves*

I've got a similar target to you for Paris, so will be following your plan and training with interest too
Day one has got off to a flying start for me, as you know from the Paris thread, but I may still get myself out and about later

Good luck
20/12/2010 at 13:11

Hiya Alex,

 I'm so chuffed you got through, it was so nice to meet you at Birmingham. I've managed to get a place for London through our club draw so I will be following your training exactly to try and smash a sub 4 at London.


20/12/2010 at 13:47
Thanks Jill! And well done on London. I was so inspired by your hilly marathon tales at bootcamp  and have total faith that you'll smash 4 hours in London. Looking forward to staying in touch!
20/12/2010 at 17:20

Well Done Alex!!!!

I had a feeling you'd be the one to get through, you looked really comfortable when we did those 9 minute miles with Bud in Birmingham.

I'm already signed up for Edinburgh a month after Paris, so will be following your trials and tribulations closely.

 Good Luck!

20/12/2010 at 17:51

Hi Alli - and thanks! Looking forward to seeing you on here over the next four months then!

 By way of update, training began bright and early this morning - I'd already signed up for a spin class at the gym, and slid just coming out the front door, so hit the treadmill for a steady 2 mile warm up beforehand.

 I've printed off the sub-4:00 schedule and am now fitting runs of various lengths and descriptions into the next week - the 7 miler is currently very appropriately positioned on Boxing Day.

 Tomorrow night I'm heading to Mile End stadium with my running club for an icy track session...

20/12/2010 at 18:04

Knees are ok but legs aching today - felt like I was running in sand, only colder.

Good luck with the training - any tips and comments on track/speed sessions will be great as that is my weak spot.

20/12/2010 at 20:28
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21/12/2010 at 07:04
You inspired me on the cooking front Alex, white chocolate flapjacks for the office today
21/12/2010 at 09:06
Nice one! Gingerbread biscuits here! Very important to keep energy levels up.
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