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The 7th SuperSix

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14/11/2009 at 23:40

By special request I have decided to write my own account of the next five and a bit months, minus the help of Lucozade, VIP accommodation and first class travel, not to mention doing without expert coaching.

For those of you who don't know me I'm Andy Sly, 45 years old and a "veteran" of 31 marathons, five of which have been in London. I began my marathon career in 2003 in London after luckily getting accepted through the ballot, and after that experience I set my stall out to complete 50 marathons before I get to 50 years old.

My marathon debut wasn't at all bad managing 3:21, though my next effort was a 3:36 in Blackpool since then injuries apart there has been a steady and sometimes dramatic improvement, down to my now pb of 2:48 in Paris this year, in fact I think my last 8 mara's have been sub 3's.

Although I take my training fairly seriously, it is all self taught and pretty fluid and was hoping to get some expert coaching from the competition but alas it was not to be. My methods can't be too bad as I help with the training of some of the runners at my local club, and all of the group I look after have had very successful years and all have achieved pbs in every distance they have tackled, though I do get moaned at frequently, especially when 6 mile steadies turn into 8 mile quicks! It's nice to be flexible!

My downfall for those who don't know me too well is my allegedly poor dietary habits whereby I almost always have steak & kidney pie and chips as a pre-race meal and enjoy a few pints into the bargain.

Anyway that's a brief intro, I will attempt to follow this through in competition with the other six.

nom
14/11/2009 at 23:52

Vegetables are your friends!!!

I'm not sure why this needs to be in competition with the Super six - people who are following training logs will do so regardless of stuff like that.  I would say good luck with training, but with the number of marathons you've done and your times, this is clearly old hat for you!

15/11/2009 at 00:00
Go Andy! Will be trying to keep up with you (in spirit of course, could never do so in reality)
15/11/2009 at 00:14
Vegetables are your friends, too true I do like garden peas with my pie ! 
15/11/2009 at 00:16
nom wrote (see)

Vegetables are your friends!!!

I'm not sure why this needs to be in competition with the Super six - people who are following training logs will do so regardless of stuff like that.  I would say good luck with training, but with the number of marathons you've done and your times, this is clearly old hat for you!


When I said in competition this is meant to be in fun.
15/11/2009 at 00:31
andy sly wrote (see)
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
andy sly wrote (see)
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
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I guess the chances weren't great but i really thought I'd get shortlisted, bugger !


Not you again Andy?

It was criminal you didn't get picked last time, never mind this year!

I hope they choose a worthy speed demon if they're not having you honey.

Cheers Laura, yeah me again, very deflated this evening but what the hell it made me more determined to do well this year and it will do for next April.

My feeling is that the judges just couldn't see how they could deflect me away from my nutrional plans of beer and pies, and as such I would blow away the pasta - water myth 


You're MY super sixer Andy! Blog it anyway!

I like peeps who can run quick marathons on beer and pies!


Vicki: Graceless Whippet wrote (see)

I wish I could run quicker on beer & pies, but alas I think it's gonna have to come down to the healthy stuff. 

Lets not mention last night's pizza

Though it was abuse-your-body-Friday - I am pretty good for the rest of the week

Andy - you could start a thread called "Andy: the 7th super sixer, the fish that got away"  I'd happily subscribe


I might just do that, might be a bit dull though.

 Monday: Ran 6 miles ate chips, drank lager
Tuesady Ran 8 miles ate curry, drank guinness
Weds : Ran to toilet


This is why the thread began.
15/11/2009 at 00:38

Aaahhh food advice......

I had been a bit worried about the training because I'm a really picky eater, and everything I've read seems to be on about the proper nutrition.

 How important is this?  Can I still eat some of the rubbish I like?

15/11/2009 at 00:38

First Pre-London warm-up race booked.

Retford Half Marathon. 21st March.

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/forummessages.asp?dt=&UTN=150050&last=1&V=1&SP=

15/11/2009 at 01:03
andy sly wrote (see)
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
andy sly wrote (see)
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
andy sly wrote (see)
I guess the chances weren't great but i really thought I'd get shortlisted, bugger !


Not you again Andy?

It was criminal you didn't get picked last time, never mind this year!

I hope they choose a worthy speed demon if they're not having you honey.

Cheers Laura, yeah me again, very deflated this evening but what the hell it made me more determined to do well this year and it will do for next April.

My feeling is that the judges just couldn't see how they could deflect me away from my nutrional plans of beer and pies, and as such I would blow away the pasta - water myth 


You're MY super sixer Andy! Blog it anyway!

I like peeps who can run quick marathons on beer and pies!


Vicki: Graceless Whippet wrote (see)

I wish I could run quicker on beer & pies, but alas I think it's gonna have to come down to the healthy stuff. 

Lets not mention last night's pizza

Though it was abuse-your-body-Friday - I am pretty good for the rest of the week

Andy - you could start a thread called "Andy: the 7th super sixer, the fish that got away"  I'd happily subscribe


I might just do that, might be a bit dull though.

 Monday: Ran 6 miles ate chips, drank lager
Tuesady Ran 8 miles ate curry, drank guinness
Weds : Ran to toilet


This is why the thread began.
15/11/2009 at 06:58

My methods can't be too bad as I help with the training of some of the runners at my local club

What are your methods?

15/11/2009 at 07:07
yay! go Andy
15/11/2009 at 09:51

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Steak and Kidney Pie

Count me in then !
15/11/2009 at 09:57

 OMG.......You're doing sub 3 marathons on pie and chips?   I am so jealous.

15/11/2009 at 10:32
pie, chips and peas - don't forget the veg factor
15/11/2009 at 11:04
Do vegetarian pies count? Maybe I need a diet change for my next one...
15/11/2009 at 11:22

Remind you of anyone ?
LIVERBIRD    pirate
15/11/2009 at 13:16

Just hang on while I bookmark this thread!

I'll buy you a bottle of Lucozade too Andy! If we all buy you one, you'll never notice you weren't a chosen sixer!

Except perhaps with the exception of the lack of professional advice!

Well......... as a pro, I shall offer you my pearl of wisdom.

When the gun goes bang, start running. When you see Lizzie's gaff on the Mall, put a birrova sprint on and smile for the camera after 26 miles!

Then have a beer.

15/11/2009 at 13:47
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
When you see Lizzie's gaff on the Mall, put a birrova sprint on and smile for the camera after 26 miles!


That dear LB is everything i need to know in preparation for my first London marathon.  It means i can have my husband waiting at mile point 25.5 with my lippy and hairbrush.   With tips like that this thread is going to be so hot. 

Now.... how do you bookmark a thread?

LIVERBIRD    pirate
15/11/2009 at 13:53

You go down to the bottom of the page LWJ and there is an option "Add to my bookmarks"

Then you can't lose him!

15/11/2009 at 13:57

Got it!

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