Paris marathon 2013 here we go! A.W's Sub 3 attempt!

Asics Target 26.2 PB Hunter A.W

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01/01/2013 at 13:25

Same for me Steve, except couldn't even run at mp.   Lloyd and Roundshaw - both very muddy (and more hilly than I'm used to!).  Was still good to get out.  Happy New Year everyone.


01/01/2013 at 14:06
Good work on getting out for the parkruns golfer and Steve.

How did you manage 2 parkruns Steve? I thought parkruns were all at the same time? Not sure I could have coped with a parkrun today the way I felt!!

Had a very bad hangover today and only about 4 hours sleep! But got myself out for my mile reps, it was a massive struggle to get 5 done! 5.55, 6.15, 5.56, 6.13 and 5.56 were the splits from memory. Was on the sea front, guess which reps were into wind!? I just couldn't have gone any quicker today going against the wind! 8 miles in total and glad I got it done! I'm off all alcohol now until after Paris so time for serious training!!
01/01/2013 at 14:38

I only managed three reps this morning. I just had nothing in my legs and the wind was proving a bit much for my breathing. Luckily I am only on week 1 of 16. The only way is up!

01/01/2013 at 14:53

A.W. /Speedy - good effort on getting out to do reps on New Years Day. Alex, respect for doing them with a hangover!

Steve - two parkruns and cycling between. Must have been like a mini duathlon!

I managed an easy 4.5 miles at 7:55mm. I was glad not to be doing anything harder but it was really pleasant on the downs today. Sunshine! At least we can all say we've run every day this year!

01/01/2013 at 14:59
Forgot to mention how much of a nightmare it was dodging people and dogs out for a new years day walk!! Got taken out completely by a rogue labrador just after finishing my last rep, took my legs from under me from the side! Luckily no real damage, I broke my fall with my hand/arm which is a bit bruised but it could have been worse!
01/01/2013 at 15:06

A.W. - could have been nasty. Seems like the week for falls. Glad to hear no real damage though. Did the dog owner say anything?

01/01/2013 at 15:15

well done on the session AW in the circumstances - actually it would have been good even if it wasnt windy and you had a hangover! Sorry to hear about the fall.

I live near Greenwich park and it seemed to be very crowded today as sunny and a lot of people off.

On New Year's Day, a few parkrun races have later start times and so it's possible to do one at 9am and another at 10am which have done last three years with a different pair each time.

Edited: 01/01/2013 at 15:15
01/01/2013 at 16:09

Happy New Year Alex. Very impressed you managed to get out today. I'm so happy today was a rest day for me. I'd really have struggled otherwise.

Sorry to hear about the rogue dog. As DS2 said, did the dog owner apologise at all? 

Good luck with week 3!

01/01/2013 at 19:00
It was a gorgeous day for running DS2, just wish I felt a bit better so I could enjoy it a bit more!!!

The guy was quite good, made sure I was ok and helped me up and apologised. Its just one of those things, no harm done really.

Hi Ady, hope you had a good evening for new year. Looks like your training has been going well also, hitting all your paces/targets etc.

CC2 - is it London your running? Was it a heavy night that caused the heavy legs or lots of running lately? I struggle the best of times with running into wind, when I'm below par its horrible doing reps when its blowing hard.
01/01/2013 at 20:49

Neither A.W. Lack of sleep maybe - next door were having a party until all hours, and the cat always goes a bit bonkers the first night back from the cattery - she runs up and down the stairs and meows a lot. Plus a long drive yesterday.... Never mind, tomorrow's a new day! And yes, it is VLM I'm running. 

01/01/2013 at 21:32

Hey Alex, hope you had a good new year mate - well done on getting out for a run today, although you clearly need to work on your dog hurdling!

01/01/2013 at 23:05

Happy New Year Alex!!

I agree - sounds like the dog hurdling could use some work! Glad you're ok - there seemed to be loads of people out today with dogs at Weymouth too. Half the dogs had flashing collars on - kept thinking my eyes were playing tricks in the dark!


01/01/2013 at 23:11

Yeah, I have seen absolutely loads of those flashing collars recently too... was half considering buying two and putting them on my ankles!! 

02/01/2013 at 13:47
Hurdling was never a strong point at school, it obviously hasn't improved since!!

I have a couple of those flashing LED collars for my two dogs, they will go away now until next xmas!! Funnily enough I haven't seen any other dogs with one?!

Easy 8 miles exactly done this morning, 1.01.15, average pace of 7.39 a mile. Felt really good today, happy to say both my calf seem to be nearly 100% with no adverse reaction from the speed work yesterday.

Steve I had the wrong date for the xc this weekend, its on the Saturday not the Sunday and its 12k not 8k. Shall I just stick to the schedule run the xc as my parkrun/hills and normal long run on Sunday? Guessing I should hold back a little on the xc?
02/01/2013 at 23:35

Happy New Year Alex. Don't you just love dog walkers when training! You just know they (dogs not owners) will somehow move into your legs as you go past. This weeks training looks good - like the progressive 6 miler.

2 parkruns in one morning eems a challenge Steve, especially the logistics of getting to both. What sort of times did you get for them?

Just about getting back into the running after the rib incident which turned out to be a pulled muscle. Ibruprofen seems to be helping, but frustrated with the whole thing. Then on Xmas eve I tripped (in the dark) on a spring mattress that had been left on a pavement. This left me with quite a bit of bleeding to both knees & arm. So not the best way to end the year! Good to hear all the traiining is going well though Alex and the dog didn't do any serious damage

03/01/2013 at 00:18

AW re cross-country - better that way but  the long run at this stage isn't as crucial as later in the schedule so don't see a problem in racing hard and if need be, going slightly slower on the Sunday 

Another good run today for you.

KR - sorry to hear - shame didn't land on the mattress!

The parkruns were slow - took a while to even get below 7 minute miling in very wet and not flat courses and didn't really feel like racing. I had just under 30 minutes to cycle around 10k which did with a few minutes to spare. One of my runners who drove though got held up by road closure for accident and only arrived seconds before the start having ahd to run he last mile in a faster pace than I managed in the race!

03/01/2013 at 09:58

AW - just a quick note to say that I wish you well for your sub 3 challenge. I followed Knight Rider's progress last year and I hope that you enjoy it as much as he did.

You're in great hands and it's nice to see that you have the support of other people who have been through this process before.

Good luck.


03/01/2013 at 14:26


Congratulations on the forum so far. My name is Ruth and I am the Asics Pro Team Dietitian. I have worked with athletes now for 12 years from young developing athletes to Olympic level athletes and enjoy the challenges that sports nutrition brings; research continues to move at a  pace, but often getting the basics right will have the greatest results throughout training and on on race day. Good nutrition will benefit immunity, motivation and recovery. A sucessful race day is dependant on a well practiced nutrition plan.

Please feel free to post typical daily food and drink consumption, including meal & snack times as well as sleeping and training times. Also include any recent dietary changes.

 I look forward to see how your journey will progress over the coming few months with Steve. I tend to come onto the forums a couple of times  a week (likely to be Monday & Thursday) and try to answer all nutrition questions.

Hi also to CC2- speedy Goth, Knight Rider and others from the last couple of years! Great as always to have the support of everyone posting on forums.


03/01/2013 at 15:11

KR - not clever! hope the pulled muscle recovery doesn't take too long. As Steve says, you should have landed on the mattress (unless there was a drunken tramp laying on it)!

A.W. - I like the way Ruth has waited for the festivities to be out of the way before coming to the party!

Still feeling under the weather here. Not sure whether to train or rest.

What you up to today Alex?

03/01/2013 at 15:43

Hi KR, glad to see things are getting back to normal on the running front with the rib improvement, but sorry to hear about the fall. I hope it doesn't hamper your recovery too much. I live in London and there are always obstacles left out on the pavements, I've come across mattresses too but luckily always in the day time!

Hi Rob and thank you for the support.

Probably best with the Christmas I had DS2!! Funnily enough I am lighter now than just before Christmas when I last weighed myself. Figure that out!? 

If your still not feeling great DS2 probably best to take it easy still?

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