Sub 3

For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world

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21/10/2012 at 18:41

No, mine's been processed and I've entered.  Did you not get a response confirming they had received your entry?  If not, I'd contact them and see if there's been a problem, CW.

21/10/2012 at 18:55

no Abo reports yet ?

CC - cant see the boots from that far away !

Padams - a good weekends training there.

CW - give them a chance, thats was less than a week ago.

Thought I should up the running a bit so 12M up and over the hill (and back) early today, legs didnt like it, seemed a long way. 

21/10/2012 at 19:27

TR -  the boots would have filled up with water, so I opted for shoes with scary metal bits sticking out of the soles for that one. The goth thing must be catching on though, I saw quite a few other runners today in similar footwear. 

CW - I got the link sent through to pay the day after I submitted my application. Check your spam.

21/10/2012 at 19:31

Well done to Marigold and Marders on their sub-3's! And well done to Wardi on the sub-20.

I spent a glorious morning today marshalling our club's main fundraiser, the Green Drive 5 which was won by Anthony Ford in a pretty impressive 24:17.

This afternoon I headed out for 11 with 4 @ MP which seemed to confirm that I'm over whatever it was that caused me shin issues last weekend. 15 for the week, but not concerned as I only had 35 planned anyway.

Into the final week now, and a question. Do those of you who do carb depletion do it in the hope that it benefits the carb load, or just to try and lose some weight in the final week? The science seems to be in favour of just decreasing training volume and increasing percentage of calories from carbs.

21/10/2012 at 19:46

Stunning performances from Marigold and marders. Managed to 'follow' some of it, and it sounds like Marigold paced it to perfection.

Al_P - you misread. marders was 3rd - the link doesn't show 2nd as he isn't a UK resident (but does have 3 alongside marders name). Still amazing though.

Wardi - brilliant!

Well done also B_Kins.

Good news on the shin Andy D.

21/10/2012 at 22:12
TT - thanks for the correction and apologies for the slight breach of forum etiquette, got a bit excited and over eager when the news can up on twitter!

CW - I got an email back from VLM saying my entry had been accepted a few days after applying (and getting the initial response email back confirming application)

CC - tasty bit of XCing, hard going under foot and difficult to see where you're going!

Andy D - Sounding good running wise, not tried carb depletion myself yet. My carb load is normally a one day affair the day before, using a a calculation of grams of carb per kg of body weight to give the total amount of carbs to eat over the day ( and breakfast on race morning)

Did a lumpy 12ml in Devon today, including attempting 1x0.5 and 2x1ml at 10ml pace, but like CW I didn't really get there, managing 6:00/ml instead of 05:45

Waiting with baited breath for Abo results.....
21/10/2012 at 22:13

Amazing results from northern Italy yesterday....lots of very hard work and talent can go a long way. Hats off to both... 

21/10/2012 at 22:35
Evening all,

Firstly just want to echo all the Mar-love going on for both Marigold and marders.superb doesn't really do it justice - amazing stuff!! Just awaiting CRAB's post where he says they were 'reasonable'

Will read back properly tomorrow (on phone at mo and signal is dodgy). But scores on the doors today at Abo was a 2'53'03 for me. Chuffed with that, although wish I'd found another 4 seconds from somewhere!

I ran the first half to HR - hit 9 miles in 1 hour exactly (6'40 pace) and then halfway in 1'26'45. So I ran a circa 30 second negative split. Was hard but I finished strongly and passed quite a lot late on. Was an important race for me on a personal level with the whole brother thing, and it was great that my Mum and Dad were there too. Quite a poignant day, emotional at times and very cathartic, but really pleased to have ran a solid race.

Also one of the highlights was seeing a bloke who I'd never met before today break 3 hours. We ran the first 16 miles together, and after 12 or so years of trying he not only broke 3 hours - he smashed it with a 2'54'xx (I think). He was in tears at the end cos he'd finally done it. Was great to see and to warmly congratulate him. What it's all about really, and why we do what we do.

Also great to catch up with Dan, and to have a few beers with Jock Itch after. Both lovely fellas and was great to see them both.

All in all a top day and a superb race. My favourite marathon by some distance I think, and I much preferred Abo to London.
21/10/2012 at 23:23
Nice one LS21. Congrats, great stuff.
21/10/2012 at 23:36
Cheers selbs and thanks once again for the place. I thought about you quite a bit today actually - when I was struggling and wanted to chuck it in I thought about how you'd have loved to have been out there, and your whole knee injury etc. Wish I hadn't taken YOUR number cos would have preferred you to run, but I was very very grateful for the place. Abingdon has given me a real focus for the 3 months or so, and helped me dig myself out of a dark hole. It's been a good weekend for both me and my folks, so thanks mate - I owe you many many beers!!
21/10/2012 at 23:59

LS21 that's superb mate and after all you have been through a very special day. Well done! I want to write more but somehow they seem trite. You know what that has meant. So, huge congratulations. I'm looking forward to seeing you some time for a beer!

22/10/2012 at 08:26

LS21 - great stuff, well done!!! So pleased for've had a really tough time, it is good to hear that running can you smile (and other people cry!). 

22/10/2012 at 08:33

I'd cry as well if I got beat by LS21

Fcuking brilliant mate.  Nailed one good and proper.  Reckon Nige ran most of the second half though - where did that neg split come from??!

Edited: 22/10/2012 at 08:35
22/10/2012 at 08:46

I must follow suit in giving LS21 a big pat on the back.

Not many of us can do sub-3 and negative split

22/10/2012 at 08:58

Very nice negative split, LS21.  Take that over the 4 seconds, any day, surely?!

22/10/2012 at 09:01

Quality stuff LS21. Sounds like a good day.

22/10/2012 at 09:10

Nice one LS21, top work..

18 yesterday, glad I didn't race abo

22/10/2012 at 09:40

SL, You made a tough but very sensible call. It will work out well for you I'm sure. Some quality stuff over the next few weeks culinating in you nailing the half next month. Train smart.....


22/10/2012 at 12:34

Fantastic, well done LS21.

(Don't remind me of selbs' last performance at Abo though, I was a bit too close to it at 15-ish miles in that ditch :- ).

Thanks on the feedback re champs entries everyone. It seems their system doesn't like sending to my usual email address (they retried and I still didn't get it), but it got to my work email instead OK so I've paid up and entered now. But of course I might have got a slightly lower number without that hitch ;- ).

22/10/2012 at 13:00

LS21 - well done again mate on a very nicely executed race.

I DNF'd at Abo. Simply not fit enough for sub 3 running yet.  Hit a wall at halfway (1.29) and knew it wasn't going to happen, so jogged to 18 and dropped.  Not a big deal, as wasn't a target race.  Will head off to France in two weeks with a plan to run no quicker than 3.15 pace, and just enjoy a new marathon in a nice place.  Loads of work to do over the winter. Strangely looking forward to it.

On the plus side, my bro finished his first marathon in 5h04 which he was well pleased with. All relative I suppose.

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