RW Forum 5 - Sub 3.30

Marrows with Cougie

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M...eldy    pirate
29/12/2013 at 12:40

Again well done!

Special mention to the clsoe second for Lou Diamonds aiming for that 3.15 mark as well

Enjoy the ride !

cougie    pirate
29/12/2013 at 14:00
Arrrr. Welcome aboard Marrows , now hop up on the couch and tell us a bit about ye....
29/12/2013 at 14:11

Well done! Just reading back through everyone's pitches and I see you've volunteered to dress up as a sperm if you don't think you'll get your PB. Of course, I hope everything goes to plan and you are on target, but there's a large part of me wants you to run the marathon dressed as a sperm...

seren nos    pirate
29/12/2013 at 14:23

well done


29/12/2013 at 14:51
Dr Daffs wrote (see)

Well done! Just reading back through everyone's pitches and I see you've volunteered to dress up as a sperm if you don't think you'll get your PB. Of course, I hope everything goes to plan and you are on target, but there's a large part of me wants you to run the marathon dressed as a sperm...

+1.. have to agree with this!

29/12/2013 at 14:56

Congrats Marrows, I think this is going to be an interesting thread

29/12/2013 at 16:34

Oh my wowzers trousers.  Lucky me!

Daffs and Emmy I'm sorry to report that so far it is going OK.  I arm-wrestled a 7 year old girl this week and won.  Am in great shape.

29/12/2013 at 16:35

.. am busy stalking Cougie now

29/12/2013 at 16:40

This is definitely my sort of thread. Great result marrows. 

Will be following and sharing training runs/pains as time progresses 

29/12/2013 at 18:45

Well done marrows!  It was the Forum Six that got me my first sub 3:30 in 2011 after years of trying and I've not looked back. I'm sure cougie will help steer you in the right direction. 

Maybe you could post your pitch on here?

29/12/2013 at 19:51

Ah good idea

marrows wrote (see)

OK OK I pitch.  This is making my palms sweaty.

I started jogging while at university to support an ultimate frisbee habit.  Eventually I moved on from frisbee but carried on jogging, entered a marathon on a whim in 2009 and got hooked.  At first I joined the local hash house harriers but then moved towns and (whisper it) became a member of a running club.

I have a place for London Marathon 2014.  Bullishly I think I'd like to aim for 3:10 but it's a bit early to say.  It will be my third attempt at London Marathon after deferring in 2012 due to injury, and having health issues in 2013.  So, this project now obsesses me.

I got a brand new engine fitted this spring/summer when my iron deficiency anemia was discovered and treated. My 5K/10K PBs came down from 22:23/47:00 to 19:50/41:23 with frankly no additional effort. I know that for many people those paces are nothing much, but for me - what a shock! What a treat!  I promptly went and ran more races and got injured - possibly something to do with suddenly running a half marathon at what used to be 5K/10K pace.  Now I am ready to go again, and to see what happens if I do make some additional effort.  I am unfamiliar with this engine and want guidance.

Strengths and weaknesses...
Physically: at a glance the obvious strong point is my calves.  Looking at the legs of elite runners, I'm not sure my unusual girth confers an advantage, but it is a striking look (from some angles they appear bigger than my thighs).  My weak spot is my bowels but I promise not to fill the forum with poo stories, which apart from anything else are often boring.
Mentally: strengths are a sunny disposition and commitment to the cause. I enjoy training. Weakness is a tendency to let myself off during races - I always finish feeling OK (but sometimes cry).
I also benefit from my delightful club and entertaining training partners.  One of my best training partners is in fact imaginary, or rather he died last year - but I can still conjure him up and he is great company on long runs.

5K 19:50
10K 41:23
HM 1:37
Marathon: 3:33 - but I am more proud of 3:52 at Beachy Head this year

If it all goes wrong and I know a PB is off the cards, I'll jog round in fancy dress instead.  I think I would dress up as a sperm.  Ideally I would have lots of fellow sperm and someone much faster would dress up as an egg.


29/12/2013 at 20:48

Well done marrows indeed and a great pitch. No wonder you got picked.

Will be following this one with interest. Must be great having that extra burst of pace from your new engine. So with some focussed training I am sure you will smash the 3:30 mark.

Best of luck.

29/12/2013 at 21:56

Well done marrows, with your current times and Cougie's sound advice you should be well under 3:30 good luck!


29/12/2013 at 22:13

Hi everyone,

I started training for London this week, its the end of week 1 and I realise that my goal of sub 3:15 was ridiculously optimistic and if I carry on with the sub 3:15 plan I am in for 15 weeks of disappointment then disappointment on the big day as well.

So here I am at the beginning of week 2 and I am switching to the sub 3:30 (which was my original plan anyway so not sure where sub 3:15 came into my crazy brain)

I have run 34 miles this week so far, and am hoping to keep motivated using this forum.

29/12/2013 at 22:17

SiUK - I'm sure sub 3:30 is within your reach and it's a stepping stone to 3:15. Good luck! 

29/12/2013 at 22:21

Thank you Minni, you were very right and I was very optimistic!

29/12/2013 at 22:50

Congratulations Marrows - looking forward to following your progress at it sounds like we're in the same ballpark.

SiUK - no need to set a target in stone at this stage.  Just get stuck into the training and see how you feel in the spring.

cougie    pirate
29/12/2013 at 23:48
Some good times there Marrows - but it looks like your half time is out of synch with the other times ? Would it be fair to say that you run 6 miles a lot more than you do 13 miles ?

How many half marathons have you done ?

One thing you need to be good at is running distance. You have the speed if you're running those kind of times at shorter distance. You do need to be very comfortable running long - I'd aim for 5 or so runs of 20 miles in my plan.
cougie    pirate
29/12/2013 at 23:50
SiUk - you'll have a better idea of your time once youve a half marathon ticked off as part of your training plan.
30/12/2013 at 00:01

Sorted out computer problem. Now i can type more!

Cougie - I've noticed you issuing useful advice to lots of people so I'm very pleased to see you are mentoring and even more pleased you are MY mentor.  Will try to do you proud.   I thought I already wrote a lot about myself to pitch! What else did you want to know?  I do like bicycles but not especially cats.

Poo I hope you will keep chipping in!

I am trying a Pfitzinger and Douglas schedule, 18 weeks of 55-70 miles per week.  It's higher mileage than I am used to but I just finished the third week and so far seem to have got away with it.

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