RW Forum 6 - sub 4.10

Dubai Dave v Bruce C

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16/01/2012 at 18:44
See you at Helsby on Sunday?
M...eldy    pirate
16/01/2012 at 18:44
Last but not least

Well done guys!
16/01/2012 at 18:45
Fab stuff Bruce.
16/01/2012 at 18:48
Nice one Bruce
16/01/2012 at 18:56
Well done Bruce (and the cute puppy)
Mr Zuvai    pirate
16/01/2012 at 18:59

well done Bruce!

you've struck gold with your mentor - he's a very knowledgable person who is very generous with it too!

good luck with the training and ultimately the race!

seren nos    pirate
16/01/2012 at 19:01
well done
16/01/2012 at 19:29
Well done Bruce
16/01/2012 at 19:36

Well done Bruce.  I'm so pleased you got through.  I'm looking forward to following your thread with DD.   He's a very good mentor and he'll get you out working your butt off and at times you may hate him but in the end you will love him!

One other thing - he normally posts about 4 in the morning!

Edited: 16/01/2012 at 19:37
Booo    pirate
16/01/2012 at 19:42

Thanks guys, I'm a little lost for words, and not least a little scared now, its all just got a bit real .

Hopefully however that will soon change, and would just like to say a huge thanks involved and would like to extend an open invite to all those aiming for similar times or just similar running aims to join the thread.

I will also endeavour to deliver at least one cute doggy picture a week, along with regular Inuit updates as they join me in my training (in fact I am being 'informed' this moment tha tis past their walkies time!!).

Frodo, I shall indeed be at Helsby on Sun, looks like I need to do some of this running stuff !

*inserts red carnation in lapel, folds newspaper on lap, and waits nervously for mentor to come along*

16/01/2012 at 19:47
Wicked a whole half marathon's worth of time to try and convince you to enter the Sandstone Trail
16/01/2012 at 19:55
I did the Sandstone Trail once and loved it. 
16/01/2012 at 21:24
Well done Bruce. DD is fantastic!
16/01/2012 at 21:27
Congratulations Bruce, you will be well looked after with DD.
16/01/2012 at 21:43
Congrats Bruce. Can we have the odd not so young puppy rant too?,
16/01/2012 at 21:45
congrats Bruce!!
Dubai Dave    pirate
17/01/2012 at 06:03

Bruce, Morning!

As Minni has said I tend to post early in the morning after I have had my coffee, thought about life and read whats going on with the thread.

Right firstly lets start with you,

  • what marathon are you doing and when is it?
  • how does your present training look? i.e is there any speedwork in there? long runs? paces?
  • Your goal is to improve by 12 minutes to 4-10, given your 1/2M time you can run sub 12

On the assumption you don't know anything about me

  • I have run 46 marathons and ultras
  • I have a PB of 3-24.
  • I like speedwork
  • I like dogs!

 So please give me a breakdown of what your weekly training looks like plus any cross training etc that you might get up to and we will crack on.

lastly I believe that your goal is easily achievable for you but your probably going to have to run a a bit more than 3 or 4 times a week to get there. Good luck

17/01/2012 at 06:48
Those are the most important things to do first thing in the morning DD. Although don't spend too much time thinking about life.
17/01/2012 at 12:29
good luck bruce!!
Booo    pirate
17/01/2012 at 19:58
Good Evening Mr Dave , (or should I call you sir )

Firstly many, many thanks for taking on this challenge, it really is much appreciated.

Posting in mornings is good for me as, as I can read from phone in work (but responding is a bit hit and miss) but I mainly get online from 3pm so will have time to digest and act before replying, so hopefully timeframes will work well.

A little about me, for background etc., started running nearly 4 years ago, and did my first half mara in late 2008 at Angelesy in 2:02:02 (a nice bit of symetry especially as my number was 555 too!).

Since then I have run a number of halves, all in the 1:5x , with my aforementioned PB of 1:49 coming in Oct 2010 at Warrington. I have also done two full marathons VLM in 2010 which ended badly in a cramp ridden 4:47 and then Chester in Oct 2011 which I got 4:22.

My last race was the Pune half in December (I was over there for 2 weeks working so seemed rude not to enter when the event was on the middle weekedn of my trip), and I finished in 1:57.

My target marathon (for various reasons) is Manchester on April 29th

For Chester I followed a slightly amended Hal Higdon (Novice 2) with the main change being dropping the shorter Saturday run, and running 4 times a week. THe main reason for this was injury prevention as I find that I can pick up (minor) injuries quite easily and have always put this down to doing too much ... this is one of the reasons I entered the Foorum Six, as I am sure that it is probably not overtly 'doing too much' that is the problem, but more likely not doing it correctly!!!.

I am currently running 4 times a week, with 3 shorter runs during the week on Tues, Weds, Fri and a long run (currently 14 miles) on a Sunday. The midweek mileage has increased a bit recently mainly due to the January Mileage challenge, from a normal of 4 - 5 to between 5 -7. Most of my runs seem to be done around the same pace of between 9 - 9:30 m/miles which includes my long runs

I do have sort of a plan cobbled together for Manchester based on one of the RW ones but again this is another reason for seeking help as I'm really not sure what I should be doing to best suit me. I can send you a copy or try and post it here if you prefer.

As for cross training, well errr, umm, ahhh, errr ... does walking the dogs twice a day count ???

As you may have already noticed or heard, I have 3 dogs, an old flat coated retriever, and two manic Northern Inuits. Gem the eldest comes training with me, whilst Echo the youngest is just starting his running career.

As a bit of a baseline I have the Helsby Half on Sunday so should get a reasonable idea of my current level of fitness from that (although may be on for a PB as will be being chased around the course by Frodo waving Sandstone Trail entry forms for my signature ! )

So this is me ... if there is anything else you want to know just shout up ...

then feel free to mould me as you wish, but please be gentle

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