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26/11/2012 at 10:40

Just found out that I have to work late on Thursday, so I'll have to get up extra early on Friday to beat the traffic. Never mind.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

26/11/2012 at 11:29

Ouch Steve! I flirted briefly with the idea of driving but decided train was less risky (though you never know - leaves on the line and all that). I guess if you leave at the crack of dawn your risk is reduced.

I'm leaving the house at 5:45 - we can have a race

26/11/2012 at 12:22

Thats a sod Steve. I was faced a bit with that dilemna because I usually have to take my daughter to her dance lesson from 8-8.45pm. Seems she's happy to miss it (or my wife will take her) so I can drive up Thursday evening which is better. Still toying with the train though. I don't sleep very well in hotels either but it seems better than leaving home at 5:xx!

However, tired we may be I'm sure adrenalin will get us all through.

26/11/2012 at 12:29

I'm glad I mentioned about the speedwork on here's very reassuring to hear others are in the same boat...........I've been extremely happy with my long runs this year, but I've only ran a couple of 5km since receiving notification of my place at bootcamp, and I'm well down on my PB. I was originally going to do some speed work today, followed by an 'all out' 5km tomorrow, but I'll re-think this now. Thanks for the advice!


26/11/2012 at 12:45

It's great reading how excited you're all getting - enough so to be worrying about your 5ks - try not to stress though! 

First of all you'll be doing it on a nice bouncy, fast track so if your 5k PB is on road/trail - you'll be amazed by how much easier it feels on the track.  Plus you'll have the excitement of doing it with a real shot of a big prize and that'll sneak up on you and give you a bit more energy too.

Secondly - try to remember that the 5k is not the be all and end all of the decision making criteria! 

Not long now...

seren nos    pirate
26/11/2012 at 12:48

hey are looking no doubt for personality and more importantly.How photogenic you are for their magazine article.......

so you should bin the running this week and book a manicure, pedicure and facial and haircut and have all body hair removed form ever inch of your body and have a spray tan and full makeup..........( yes thats the men and women ) 

26/11/2012 at 12:53

Sequiny tights and tops will also help you stand out!

(There were several people with their names on their tops last year which didn't hurt their chances at being noiticed either!)

26/11/2012 at 13:18

I thought I might turn up in fancy dress1

26/11/2012 at 14:04

Hi Seren - This is hairofthedog. I've stupidly realise I set up on account at home and the other in work. I'll stick to this one from now on.

I haven't done any of the Newport runs, i'm from Swanse, but I am thinking of next years Newport half instead of the Llanelli one as they are on the same day. i hope it went well despite the weather.

Malcs & Jenf I really wanted to run in the MT10 Pembrey is a stunning venue and it would have been my first multi terrain, but in the end I couldn't make it.


This talk of time trials has got me a bit nervous now, I've only ever concentrated on distance rather than pace in my training before. Never mind if nothing else I'm really looking forward to some top quality advice.

Edited: 26/11/2012 at 14:04
26/11/2012 at 14:10

hairofthedog/jonathon scott 12 - quite funny having done that. I shouldn't get too nervous about the speedwork - most are in the same boat. Even if you were to look on the Sub 3 thread most are building mileage with the odd race.

I'ts not worth dreading the day or we will end up wasting a great opportunity!

26/11/2012 at 14:16

Sorry - I meant I hope the MT10 went well!!!!

26/11/2012 at 15:01

Enjoy Bootcamp 2012! I went last year and found it so interesting. I didn't get through to the vote stage (sad face) but followed Emma's training plan and thread and then knocked 28 minutes off my marathon PB. So, even if you don't progress any further you'll find the day totally inspiring. You'll meet like-minded runners and pick up a hatful of useful hints and tips.

Don't forget the University offers some accommodation through it's coferencing facilities. Something like Venue Birmingham, but you may be able to find it via the University's website. Don't forget lots of change for the car park!

Have fun folks! I'll be waiting to cast my vote.

26/11/2012 at 15:03

Hi Jonathan scott 12, thanks, the MT10 was great! my first one and I'd def recommend it.

This week I'm taking Seren nos advice.. no major running, (nothing I do this week is going to make much difference) ... but getting my hair done etc could swing it!!!!!

26/11/2012 at 15:21

Ha ha! jenf. I don't think having my hair done will be of any use!

AbigailLucy - thanks for the encouraging words. When those that have been comment on what a great day they had (even if they didn't make it through ) it just adds to the excitement. I have a planned marathon 5 weeks later so, like you, will use the experience to good effect whatever the outcome. Congrats on such a massive PB.

26/11/2012 at 15:27

I don't even have any hair to 'do' !

AbigailLucy - 28mins! That's amazing. I'm really hoping to find out whether it's possible for me to knock a similarly large chuck off my time so this is really encouraging.


26/11/2012 at 15:30

My thoughts exactly DS2, and well done Abigaillucy.

If I don't get to Paris it will be Milton Keynes. My aim is to knock 28 mins off my marthon PB aswell. That would get me sub 4hrs and I would be ecstatic.

26/11/2012 at 15:40

jonathan scott 12 - I'm going to do the Great Welsh Marathon in Llanelli. I've done it before and really enjoyed it. Amazing scenery along the coastal path and relatively flat too. There were a few turn backs and it's a two lap course but I didn't have any issues with that - made it easier for supporters to see you without moving around too much. Organisation was extremely good. 

Bit closer to home for you than MK if you haven't already fixed on that one.

26/11/2012 at 16:28

Good idea Malcs. I hadn't really thought of that. My first ever event was last years Llanelli half. I assume its a smaller field, I'm sure the advice I get will help me not finish last.


26/11/2012 at 16:30

Won't miss me I'll be the one bouncing up and down in a Green and White Hooped Vest with 'TIGGER' on the front!!


seren nos    pirate
26/11/2012 at 16:32

tha llanelli marathon is my PB.2011 knocked 28 mins off my time..... loved it.....they are going to do a half at the same time next year and they are moving their march half to a different course

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