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12/12/2005 at 13:30
tell me about it,, i felt like a ran a marathon just reading the bluddy manual!!! great piece of kit. anyone got a target time yet???
12/12/2005 at 13:33
I'm aiming for a sub 4 - but to be honest I just want to get round. I think I may be being a little ambitious..
12/12/2005 at 13:36
me too. im aiming for sub 4 and im on a sub 3 training program which i have stuck to. but i still think ill be over 5. lol. you know whick line your starting from yet fi?
12/12/2005 at 13:39
I started on the training programme, but now I am just on my own. I tried to stick to it, but for somereason I strayed.
I don't know yet - ou? Where are you training road or club?
12/12/2005 at 13:46
Road and Gym. there areno running club where i live. or none that i know of... i is a country bumpkin you see. lol. nout but corn and hay in these areas. I dont know wither where in starting. I think you find out at the Expo when you go to get your kit bag and runners number.
12/12/2005 at 13:58
I started at a club, but found that they did mostly sprint training, which is useful, but I prefer long runs. Nike town on Oxford Street have runs on Mon and Tue that I have been to, and I train on Saturdays round a common.
12/12/2005 at 14:03
your lucky, usually its just me and my MP3 in the moddl eof nowhere! i would kill fro a running partner.. sorta get loanly sometimes you know.... :(
12/12/2005 at 14:49
Hi! I am doing the 2006 FLM for the first time as well for the Tuberous Sclerosis Association (my son has TS so it is very close to my heart!). I am the only person running for the TSA so I feel a lot of pressure both to raise as much money as possible and to actually finish it on the day!

I am not bothered about a particular time (as I keep being told, it will be my PB whatever!). Like most of you I am feeling nervous about it all, and a bit confused by the different training plans out there.

The longest race I have done is 5K back in September, and didn't run much after that for one reason or another. This will be my third week of regular running since September, although I have been going to the gym so am not as unfit as I was. Did 2 miles saturday and 2 1/2 miles yesterday!

I am planning to follow the RW 4.30 plan, and have signed up for the weekly email. Like a lot of you have said, I too am planning to do my long runs following a run/walk programme, doing the actual marathon running for 1 mile then walking for 1 minute and so on, (or 9/1 possibly). The only thing I have problems with is getting going again after walking - a minute never seems long enough!

My longest run so far has been for 25 minutes non-stop - VERY slowly! so most of you are doing loads better than me already!
I am aiming to get out 4/5 days a week as per the plan - I need a plan to keep me focussed! But did less last week - hard as I have 2 kids under 2 years!

Interesting point 'Absolutely Noting To Do With Fish' wrote about following the training runs too closely can have negative effects - backed up by what Dave Wood 4 said about his training for 1999 LM. Gives me hope!

Ps. Sam, My Saucony's are good - got them fitted by my local specialist running shop in the summer. Before then I had never heard of a lot of the running brand names, so didn't go and particulary choose them, but they have proved very good. I will probably need some more soon though once my weekly mileage goes up!!!
12/12/2005 at 14:58
Well done Jenny - I'm sure you wont be the only person funning for them by the time everyone has secured a charity place.
As you say - you will do your PB so as long as you get round.
12/12/2005 at 15:26
hay here is an idea, anyone wanna run together on the big day??? all keep each other going? could be a laugh. dependant on which libe you start from of course.
ImRio    pirate
12/12/2005 at 15:36
And depending on whether you can find eachother amongst 36000 runners. believe me it is not easy!!
you will all have a ball, dont stress just enjoy the whole experience
12/12/2005 at 15:50
Sam - get yourself to a good running shop where they look at your gait (way you stand and way you run) and recommend some shoes.

A *good* shop will either have a treadmill or let you try out the shoes by a short run on the pavement outside.

Different brands and models suit different people, so you need a recommendation for a good SHOP not a good shoe :-)

Try starting a new thread asking for "Running shop recommendation near yourtown"
12/12/2005 at 15:54
good idea... i think i need more of a cushioned shoe as i have a prefect arch in my foot. im not hi arched or flat footed. so i dont think ill need stability or support shoes. i like the look of the new Rebooks.
ImRio    pirate
12/12/2005 at 16:02
Don't go for look you need to go for feel.. And what you think your arches may look like doesn't mean that you dont overpronate in a mild way or not which will dictate which type of shoe you need. Its not a fashion statement its for your health!
12/12/2005 at 16:29
i konw, i just playing... if you knew me you would know that im not a label guy or a fashion twerp. i found a shop in bristol and im going to go down this weekend. i been to on e befor and i know i need a cushioned shoe.
12/12/2005 at 16:29
I had trouble from some shoes I bought from a 'normal' sports shop and when I took them to a running shop they told me I was wearing 'special needs' shoes that they didn't even carry! The running shop had me run over a pad on the floor, then gave me two pairs of trainers to try outside and I bought one of them. Much better.

Is there a http://www.sweatshop.co.uk/ near you? They were good to me.

Well worth visiting a pucker running shop, in my opinion.
12/12/2005 at 16:34
Sweatshop and EasyRunner are both in Bristol and both are good places.
12/12/2005 at 19:27
Bloody hell me again.....

As part of my training plan, to try and make sure I get out there and put the miles in, I have entered a 10 mile cross-country in Weston-Super-Mare in Feb:
http://www.toughten.co.uk/main.htm
and a hilly half marathon in March:
http://www.hogweedtrotters.co.uk/Hogweed_Hilly_half.htm

Just thought I'd mention it in case anyone was looking for a race in this area, seeing as Bath Half Marathon is full.
12/12/2005 at 20:05
Rich, maybe I have the wrong idea about this marathon training....I chose my March half marathon for how flat it was - the flatter the better! Say no more....
13/12/2005 at 09:02
i know, its a bugger that the bath half is full thats only 20 miles away from me in ikle old trowbridge. ill have to have a look at those runs rich.. thanks for that! i know i need to compete in either a 10k or a 10 mile and a half marathon before i run.
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