ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013

A great prize & challenge

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29/11/2013 at 06:33
I've been lucky enough to get a place at this years bootcamp in the sub 3 cat. It's great to hear people's previous experiences on this thread like from Knightrider.

I hope I've got what it takes (whatever it may be!) to make the cut so I too can share what will be an amazing journey through running!

On my way to Birmingham now nervous and excited!
29/11/2013 at 07:14

Ha ha Clive, malcs is like a pied piper. We 're following obediently

29/11/2013 at 07:41



29/11/2013 at 17:06

How was the day people?

29/11/2013 at 20:18

It was AMAZING! How many superlatives can I use to describe today?

It was a great honour meeting Mara Yamauchi, she talked about nutrition and mental strategies, a wealth of knowledge! Such a lovely person!

Love the track sessions. The pacing strategies made so much sense.

My speed session was nicely sandwiched between gait analysis and physio. Work those flutes! Yes Sarah, working my flutes 

Such an amazing team of people, can't thank them enough for the day! Met a lot of people off here and twitter, like long lost friends! Of course we know Malcs was there as a mole for RW , but he's very good at it, if you ask him, he' all just deny it...

We weren't interviewed, whoopee! Not complaining...

Fantastic day, still on a high, lots of new friendship made for sure 


29/11/2013 at 21:37

Great stuff Sticky! Glad you enjoyed it as much as we did last year

29/11/2013 at 21:52

 and we got our very own personalised top too with our very own number

29/11/2013 at 22:04

Sticky - brilliant to meet you! As DS2 says, so glad you enjoyed it - sorry we got split up on the train but that happened with me and Tigger last year too!

Whatever happens please stick around. Your enthusiasm and encouragement would be most welcome here.

DS2 - it was a great day. They made some nice improvements from last year - personal lunch boxes for one! Mara Yamauchi was so nice and very approachable. The physio was in the gym this time which was much better.

Sadly no Olly Murs this year - seems he is focusing on his music career!

29/11/2013 at 22:14

Likewise, honoured to meet you, somewhat of a bootcamp celebrity known to almost everyone!

All trains at Birmingham were delayed or cancelled, technical faults issue, they say. My 18:03 eventually arrived after some detour at 19:09! I'm just so glad it wasn't the same with this morning's train!

Yes, Olly Murs was missed...

30/11/2013 at 10:00

Well done Malcs. I really hope it's your year mate! You'll make a great read and I'll be right behind you mate

We should get right behind those that post regularly on the forums in my opinion. I think it's a shame that some have taken a lot from the competition but given little back. I for one would like to know how people carry on after their involvement in the competition ends. People like Malcs, Sarah, Tigger, Jen, Clive, mr P etc etc

30/11/2013 at 11:02

I'm not in it DS2, condition of my bail I'm afraid . I moved over here from Sarah's 3:30 thread.

I thought my cold was improving but it is bad today, feeling dizzy and uncoordinated, havent run all week!


30/11/2013 at 11:54

Yes Mr P - I did remember that but it seemed rude not to include you since you are such a stalwart on here

Shame about the cold but better now than over Xmas or the week of the marathon!

pleased to say I've run 3 x 5 miles in the last 4 days pain free. I'm embarking on the P&D up to 55 mile plan on 9 December. Just don't feel up to the 55-70 plan this year. 

30/11/2013 at 12:07
Wow looks like you both had a great time yesterday! Great pics Sticky. I am very jealous as it sounds even better than last year, however I am not jealous of your email/phone call wait that you now have to endure! Hope you both get through to the public voting stage!

Did my 50th Parkrun this morning. Top 5 finish and a new best for this year too all on top of a cold as well. Feeling happy! Probably will be to the detriment of my half marathon tomorrow but we shall see....
30/11/2013 at 14:03

Nice going Stan! I'm envious of you being in such good shape when I'm barely starting out regaining fitness. Hope tomorrow goes well.

30/11/2013 at 23:12

Stan - well done! And great that you managed that all with a cold too! Best of luck with the half.

Thanks for the good wishes, very good of you. Both Sticky and I are in the same group. They were a great bunch I have to say. Had alot of laughs with them. I think they would all be great to follow.

DS2 - thanks, really appreciate the support. Whatever happens, I'm happy. To make it to BC is more than most get so to do it twice I feel incredibly lucky - verging on quite guilty if I'm honest!

Let's face it, Clive should really have been there instead of me so I have been very fortunate.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to go through. However, I didn't participate in the forums until last year so I won't be complaining if the nod goes to a newcomer. 

Mr P - sorry about the cold. Having just had one of those pesky blighters you have my sympathies. Bet you feel good for the rest once it's gone though. Every cloud...

Edited: 30/11/2013 at 23:12
01/12/2013 at 08:48

Thanks Stan, for the vote of confidence, much appreciated! . As Malcs says, we're in the same group, but feels more like a family, and I can clearly feel the support we gave each other, especially on the tracks, it was almost emotional at some stages, very touched by it all. OK, I'm a softie...

And triple well done for parkrun Stan! Great achievement! Good luck with the half today!

01/12/2013 at 09:24

Not only did I have an amazing day at bootcamp and meet some lovely people, but I have now discovered that there is this brilliant community of runners! I would have felt less nervous about Friday had I realised sooner. 

Any of the people in my 3:30 group would be well-deserving of a place (and you all outran me in the 5k time trial!!) so thanks for making it such a lovely experience (apart from the 5k time trial - never going to find that distance easy, but hope Steve's advice will reduce the pain) and good luck everyone! 

01/12/2013 at 13:26
Oh no can 't believe you're in the same category. Oh well you'll have to persuade my why I should vote for you! Try not to check your phone/emails too much over the next few days!

Welcome ArrowsLou. Yeah Steve's time trial is challenging but I try it every now and again to gauge where I am at. Is there a parkrun near you? They might help you learn to love the 5k distance.The forums are great. I dip in and out and there is usually a board for every topic. The advice and support from people on here is amazing. It really helped me out in the run up to Paris last year.

Thanks everyone for your encouragement on the half. Scenery was great but not as impressive as Mr P's last week. Nice flat course all completed in 1:26:10 which I'll take. Not a PB but my pace didn't vary that much (slowest 6:44, fastest 6:22 and that was mile 12!) So a pretty successful weekend! Just need to sort my London training now. When does everyone else who is doing London intend to start their training?
01/12/2013 at 15:55

ArrowsLou - great to meet you on Friday. I found the 5K tough too. Haven't done much speed work lately and I think my lunch was still being processed despite the hour gap!

Please do stick around on the forums. The community here is great. This is last years thread which you would be very welcome to join but I see you found the one for this year too. 

Best of luck to you for Wednesday and beyond!

Stan - that's another great result. I'd bite your hand off for that HM time! 

I'm not in London but I will be doing a spring marathon. Not even thought about starting training yet though.

Yes, sadly Sticky and I (and ArrowsLou) are all in the same group so only one of us will get the golden ticket. However, as ArrowsLou indicated, it was a great bunch and all would be great choices. 

Edited: 01/12/2013 at 15:55
01/12/2013 at 17:37

Stan - great weekend! I'm starting my VLM training on 9 December but I'm miles away from where I should be thanks to being injured for nearly 6 months! Still, I did a nice comfortable 10.85 miles @ 8:18mm on a hilly course and increased progressively throughout. Longest run since May by 5.85 miles!!!

anyhow, I'm still hoping to get in Sub 3:15 shape but a long long way to go

25.85 miles for the week. Need a solid week next week then embark on P&D 18 week up to 55 miles per week schedule. I'm going to enter Halstead again so may consider VLM as a long training run 4 weeks before Halstead if I feel I need a bit more time.

What you looking to do for London, Stan?

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