Sub 3

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

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24/02/2013 at 19:50

Who else thinks Wardi was taking it easy in the race so as to leave something in the tank to (once again) impress a member of his harem afterwards? ;- )

CC2 -- another run in tough conditions after your XC -- assuming your commute is private/public transport, you remind me how lucky I am to be able to run/bike mine and sneak most of my training in without anybody really noticing.

Huge miles from you once again Dan -- I know I should know, but what's the target race in 3 weeks? Incidentally (Padams), having got away with today my biggest priority now is staying fit without injuring myself... hence cotton wool thoughts for me too, eight weeks out.

Quality long runs noted there too, AW & LD.

24/02/2013 at 19:55

CC2 - 15hr 4min 20sec for this week (plus similar travel times as you I suspect for particular runs) so not all that different by the sounds of it.

There is a Mrs Marigold but she probably works on average around 15 more hours a week than me at work so we tend to be in sync most of the time when it comes to evening meals etc !!

24/02/2013 at 19:58

more top training in the way of long runs there folks, looks like it was only me that did nothing today then, oh well, we should all get what we (roughly) deserve on race day.

Dids - you need to get a kitchen that has appliances in it that males can operate too !

CW - eight weeks of cotton wool, no chance ! I give it two weeks before you lack confidence, are injured/blistered, or are growing new bones by running 1M one day and 25 the next. You should run with some worry beads !

Wardi - a temporary blip, you raced well recently. I like the way you found enough energy to do more miles with one of your filly friends.

24/02/2013 at 19:59

CW - however, I still have you down for a PB this year, dont fail me.

24/02/2013 at 20:02

Running sub 3 as a tempo training run sounds like an idea I could turn into a target. Sounds like more fun and achievable for someone who started running 3 years ago and will be a V45 in the near future

Besides tempo running for marathons this year, is supposed to be helping me for the 4 ultras that I am actually entered for. Still not entered a road marathon, but 99% certain it will be Sunderland Marathon now(rather than Manchester) as Mrs B is going to be running her first ever 10km. Her training so far has been to purchase the trainers! Trying to her to start training on my rest days so that I can run with her and get in some sneaky recovery miles  

Edited: 24/02/2013 at 20:03
24/02/2013 at 20:06
Missed your effort CW, sub 3 marathon in training and 27 miles! Good stuff!
24/02/2013 at 20:07
Charlie - nail on head re Wardi I reckon.

Mrs Goth - school girl error!!! Your inefficiency has got me all cross and bothered. 45 mins commute is perfect if you translate that into a bloody run to work. "Travel time to club sessions" is wasted time, Clubs can't make you run faster, only you can make you run faster!

Also, how much wasted money is that commute? May as well just go to the bus/train station and tip a barrow full of cash on the tracks.

No wonder there's no Mr Goth - you'd drive any man to despair!
24/02/2013 at 20:13
Timothy, Timothy .... Have you ever been to Sunderland? That's got to be the world's most unappealing sounding Marathon.

Still, you'll run fast there if they start in Sunderland and finish not in Sunderland.
24/02/2013 at 20:14

Loads of awesome running from you all again. This thread still takes my breath away! What you called "plodtastic", slow, etc was about as fast I could run a single mile not so long ago.

CW sounds like a great session. I did something similar a few weeks ago. Ditched the soft boy clothing, gloves and hat and just went out and ran hard. Helped boost my confidence as well.

LD what is your target race and time for this year?

Sorry not to mention everyone by name. But I read all the posts and remain hugely impressed and inspired by the efforts everyone puts into their running on here. I feel about the only thing I have in common with most of you in relation to running ability is enjoying my running to an obssesive level

24/02/2013 at 20:17
You know when a man surfaces too quickly from the depths of the ocean and he has the "bends"? Well what's the word for when a starving man eats his roast beef so frantically that he subsequently feels worse than if he hasn't eaten at all?
24/02/2013 at 20:23
Timothy - ha! Just wait til April and they forecast freak hot sunny weather for your marathon. You won't be abandoning the hat and gloves then. you'll be wrapped in more layers than a giant onion and sweating your worried little bollocks off like the rest of us, in a vain attempt at "acclimatisation".
24/02/2013 at 20:24

Hang on TB, didn't you just do 46M or more in 2 days? Hats off. And I know it's a bit of a trek from the north, but you should come and do London next time -- it's a hell of a day out. Stalking briefly, I note your 2:58 in Sunderland last time which positively overqualifies you for a FGFA place for the next couple of years if you want it.

TR -- just getting a different time this year would be a good start. Fear not I'm sure my nervy nerys nature will reappear before then... probably won't stop me having a good go, even if I'm running with Heath Robinson patches on my feet again or stitching my training around supposed crippling injuries. I'm always up for experimenting with new ideas though, and I have after all succumbed to your bullying with more miles :- )

24/02/2013 at 20:43

CW - the extra miles have been noted by me, thats hwy I'm backing a PB. If only I paid as much interest to my own training..........although one day those inverse tapers will start paying me back !

Dids - I was only thinking the other day that before we know it we'll still be out there in long sleeves (over a base layer) and a hat trying to get some warm weather training in. I remember a warm long run in some extra layers making me feel pretty rough by the end last spring. I try to over-dress a bit for B races and run in hat year round now to keep a bit of heat in deliberately.

Must be nearly beerio o'clock ? 

24/02/2013 at 20:57

No, a 45 minute DRIVE commute is not perfect to run to work. Due to it being on A roads with no pavements the minimum distance I could run to work is 13 miles. With a rucksack full of all my stuff. Uphill. This would take the best part of 2 hours. We have no showers at work. Plus I'd have to eat before a run that long, and digest it. I'd have to get up at 5am. I know some folks on these forums do that, but I am sooooo not a morning person.

If I don't travel to the Notts AC invervals session then I'd have to travel somewhere else to run them, as I live in side-street hell. You can't run more than 20m without having to cross a road where I live. And I definitely run them better in a group than I do on my own. I drive to the river/canal for my LSR because VLM is flat and where I live is decidedly non-flat. Specificity! 

How much money is wasted on the commute? I spend about £20 a week on petrol  in total, which is the drive to work as well as driving to other places. There was a time when I could blag a lift to work and run home, but the girl I used to car share with rather selfishly got pregnant and had twins, resulting in no more car share opportunities. I did try getting public transport to work once so that I could run home in the evening, but it took 2 and a half hours and cost me £6.40 one way. 

24/02/2013 at 21:14

Anyone else starting to think Mrs. Dids is a saint?

24/02/2013 at 21:15

Charlie/Dids.. you have indeed rumbled me!  On the other hand my Doc reckons I'm a remarkable example of a V55 as I don't take pills or potions for anything, rare at my age apparently.  Maybe I should start! 

CC2.. don't tell me, your puddy tat is a black one.  It must be, it must be!

24/02/2013 at 21:19

Sorry Wardi, she's a grey and white tabby! 

24/02/2013 at 21:29
Mrs Goth - this just shows the difference between an Indie brain and that of a lady Goth. Drive half way you dunderhead, to somewhere thats not an A road then run the rest! The AA calculates the cost/mile is about 40p. So that's actually ??6/day you save. That's ??1,200 / yr!!!

Ladies don't smell when sweaty, (especially Goths who just smell of Boots mega hold hairspray) so worry not about showers.

You'll thank me one day.
24/02/2013 at 23:41
I think Mrs D must be an angel! Given how he was moved from Lancashire to Yorkshire in his key development stages!
24/02/2013 at 23:46

21.5 for me this morning. Attempted to run the last 6 @ mp but still a bit slow (6:37, 6:42, 6:44, 6:35, 6:37, 6:36). I need 6:29 but theres still time yet.

Think I bagged 80 for the week- a first for me

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