Dubai Dave v Bruce C
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!
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!
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*
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,
On the assumption you don't know anything about me
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
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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