For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world
Dan A - fairplay, lol You should get TR on board for that, he'd be good at leading the charge! I might even hitch a ride, got a feeling my VLM campaign is going to be a short one and a lets see what happens on the day anything under 3hrs will do the way things have been going recently. Still a fair bit of time I suppose.
Loads of snow and ice up here in the frozen tundra of the north so I can't run outside anyway plus I've got a proper good old cold that's come on today. Don't feel as bad as I could do if Newcastle don't put Reading away at home tomorrow as I'm back in the Gallowgate
DanA/RS - fear of failure (as a pacer) would be quite motivating I guess, but I'm only 2:5X good, so couldnt afford an off day. We have some of that frozen tundra too, not a bad time to be on the (running) bench ! Plenty of time indeed for both of us, I missed 9 consecutive days of running at the start of March last yr and 10 days in January before my first VLM, they are my two fastest, so I'm pretty cool about it. I have a number for a 10K Sunday that I cant do now cos of my knee issue, so if it gets re-scheduled then I might dip in !
TR - I'd be no good pacing at London with my 3.00.16 and 3.00.31, hahaha. Now that would be pressure for me to take the job on!!!! I'd be running scared all the way There's loads of my lot from Heathside running and a few from Heaton Harriers up here. I think I'll treat it more like a party, day out and enjoy all the hoopla that goes with it rather than obsessing about times/mile splits. I'm actually more interested in nailing a really fast half and a 35.xx 10k. A decent marathon performance would be good though. I agree I'd rather go into London bang on rather then get injured closer in the build up. Hope your knee sorts itself out mate but still plenty of time like you say - it may be a "Coro 10 week build up" job for me.
RS - agreed, plan to enjoy the day as you never know what it's going to throw up, so its pointless spending too many matches planning/stressing over what might or might not happen from now on in as you can only control the controllable. I wasnt planning on bagging a 20 until mid Feb, so I still have tons of time. I'll try a test run Tuesday, that'll mean I'll have given it a week. If its ok, then a week or two building back up gets me to where I need to be by mid Feb.
TR - obviously I've missed something; what did you do to your knee?
Dan - sorry, but that's brilliant
CW - I was thinking bodyweight, rather than accessories. I don't even like carrying a phone if I run to work.
Nice to see Marigold, you obviously copped a bit less snow than we did, we dont usually get much though.
TT - dont know, I've done something to stir up the knee I damaged the medial ligaments in a few years back (possibly a DIY related injury or maybe I twisted it), it had been a bit achy (no big deal) but it was really moaning running up and down the hill on my commute Monday (hill is compulsory) so I've stopped for a while. Hopefully its ok again soon and I can run commute again, otherwise its a very low mileage campaign ahead. But early days so we'll see. Shit happens, buts its small potatoes at the moment.
Marigold, a new avatar is definitely required. You look like Postie Postie. Marigolds are rubber gloves, yes?
Padams - Enjoyed the blog. You do make it sound quite a bit easier than it must actually be.
DanA - Targeting a VLM PB then?
CW - great photo!
Nice to meet Al_P at training last Tuesday. I did a tempo rather than the session which tells me that my current tempo pace is 7:35. Plenty of room for improvement.
My basic plan is temo on Tuesday, marathon pace on Friday, long on Sunday and as much else as I can fit in without getting injured. The slush Marigold mentioned got in the way of marathon pace running - at least on my side of the town it was too risky to go much faster than a jog.
My attempt to be responsible and not run on the snow and slush was rebuffed because apparently it wouldn't be safe for me to use the local council run gym unless I had an induction and I couldn't have one then so I ended up sliding my way around the local parks for 5 miles or so.
Dan A.. congrats on the lollipop duties. Though when you inevitably start to wobble at 22m I reckon it will be a lurking CRAB that plucks the lollipop from your grasp to claim the pacing glory!
Good double punning Charlie!
Marigold.. good to see you re-appearing, don't you have any cartoon banking/IT monikers now the postie era is over?
York BM.. the local villages are under snow and more due tonight so it is a matter of gritting (country lanes are not usually a priority around here) & whether it will freeze. Not too hopeful meself.
Q: What's the difference between Jimmy Saville and the ghost of Christmas past??
A: One rattles his chains and puts the willies up people, the other one is just a ghost.
Welcome back, Marigold. If they won't accept the glove, you can have a picture of a pretty flower instead
Sounds like a good plan, Clearly. Hope it all goes to plan.
Taking my Yaktrax (purchased as an insurance policy prior to Running Home for Christmas) for a spin (well, hopefully 20M) soon. It'll be the first time they've been out of the box! According to the Beeb we got 16cm here but I'm assuming the snow on the Downs will now be quite compacted.
PP - won't be a wasted campaign. I'm training for the Barca marathon on March 17th, with a target of sub 2.45, so VLM will be an interim training run as I build up to the ultra season in the summer.
OK, so I've a lousy VLM record, but it's because I've always gone through half way in 1.22-1.25 seeking a PB, and blown up/given up. The only time I've actually ever tried to run 3 hrs exactly was last year at Gloucester and did it with 10 secs to spare. I've paced half marathons before no problem. If I'm injury free then a controlled steady sub 3 shouldn't be too difficult. Think I've gone sub 3 about 10 times before. Will try and keep CRAB in sight though in case it all goes wrong and I have to hand the baton
A very easy day for me today. 30mins on the mountain bike, pootling around roads/trails then 40mins easy on the beach.
Good uck with the snow everyone. Hope there aren't too many cancellations.
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