Sub 3

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

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28/03/2013 at 16:54

Dan - Funny that, I printed out a pace band about five minutes ago.

I'm hoping no TV presenters have left any gifts in my Dualit slots since I last checked - just bought eight hot cross buns to fuel the weekend's racing.  Anyone up for Maidenhead tomorrow?

28/03/2013 at 17:30

Dan/Tmap - I actually love Clare Balding. Think she gets the tone and balance just right.

28/03/2013 at 18:02

Clare Balding assumed we were all there to see her when she was on the parade buses, and she got the Adlington bit really badly wrong.  I thought some of Inverdale and Redgrave's rowing coverage was similarly misjudged, and I struggle to watch the French coverage of the Tour de France as the reporters often act like they own the place. 

You need a distance between commentators and the event - you need to feel that you've been allowed to watch something special and personal, not that you're watching something that's being only orchestrated by TV.  It destroys the sense of ceremony and turns it into a slightly harder It's A Knockout.

28/03/2013 at 18:28

Dids - I cant decide wther to encourage you to keep going or tell you to give it up as a bad job !

LJ - hope that you are back to it soon, planty of time to get some more impact miles into those legs.

Postie - dont play catch up and dont run those long runs too fast, its a double waste of matches.

I have had versions 5,6,7 and 8 of the Saucony shoes I run in and they have been ok, but the last couple of pairs of version 9 have holes in the uppers !

9M, 1.5k, 5M - very tight calf though. One more long run then it's cotton wool time.

28/03/2013 at 18:52

TR.. nice triple again, and in my best Terry Thomas voice - 'Good show!'

LJ.. sorry to hear you've had a double dose of bad fortune, hope you can get back to speed soonest.

Postie.. nice 21m on a weekday.

Charlie.. a good mix of speed distances there, hope the muscle grumbles are in single figures.  

Dids.. brave effort, hope there is no damage done.  Just be patient re. the speed - it will come back.

Piscator.. great to see you in mean form, & welcome back.

Jonny.. have a good one at York Parkrun, flat as a snooker table.

8m today with 3 x 2k @ 5k pace.  I might try Dids' 3 x 2m next time.

Edited: 28/03/2013 at 18:53
28/03/2013 at 18:54

TR - give up? GIVE UP? I'm on the verge of humiliating the greatest marathon runner that the Overall family has ever produced mate.

28/03/2013 at 19:09

Wardi - excellent !

Dids - with a dodgy hammy you'll be lucky to be Mrs Overall and I dont mean his mum !

28/03/2013 at 20:08
LD - you're right, hopefully the turd can be contained to one slot. We actually have a new 4 slot toaster so it's not the end of the world if it gets into a second one anyway. Overall will be quaking now you're back to the speed work. Second session is always much better too.

Postie - quick long run there.

Charlie - nice combo run.

TR - lots of miles, speed work, looks good.

Wardi - good interval session.

Simon L and Jonny - welcome.

Sportaloo - the tough hilly marathon is pretty soon after your last one so no surprise you were knackered by the end.

My appetite is back today which must be a good sign about getting better. Still have some stomach cramps but they're much less severe so I decided that marathon running isn't for pussies and got out and did 6M and 9M, both slow but I'm glad I did them and the future is looking much brighter than it did a couple of days ago.
28/03/2013 at 21:01
Lonely 17 miler done and dusted. Out in 6.47 pace, back in 6.15 pace so rather pleased considering it's a school night!
Good luck to those racing this weekend
28/03/2013 at 21:13

LJ - sounding better, getting moving again will stimulate your metabolism too.

Simon - every run is a lonely run !

Time for a few calf relaxing beers and a glass of red. Last indoor criket training session tomorrow, the summer fixtures have arrived, I can pick a few races for my free Sundays now.

29/03/2013 at 06:50
LJ. Looking better. I was suffering a CNBA last night when I read your post and immediately strapped on my shoes. Cheers.
29/03/2013 at 07:19
Dids - I am glad I am not Overall, someone is going to get hurt.

LJ - Thank you, glad you are feeling a bit better.

Dan - I am from South Africa and have completed Comrades 4 times. It is indeed a fantastic race. The 3:00:xx marathon was 4 weeks ago, a trip to the bushes did not help.

20.62 miles this morning, pretty hard work, but looking at the weather in the UK cheered me up a bit.
Edited: 29/03/2013 at 07:20
29/03/2013 at 08:25

Everyone seems to be ticking along nicely.

LJ - glad to see your getting better and back at it.

Taper madness is kicking in, so used to going out and training hard its a bit of a challenge holding back and resisting the temptation to do longer and run harder!

One week to go and I'm keen for the day to arrive now, can't wait to get going!

29/03/2013 at 09:37

10M recovery plod at 8:10/M brings me up to 79M for the week's total -- that'll do. I want to do a long run with an MP segment over the weekend; best day for me is Sunday, but that could be in conflict with Easter egg rituals, and the clock change will work against me trying to get back before anyone notices... will play it by ear.

Nice run SimonL (was it out into the wind and back with it?).

29/03/2013 at 10:03

Sportaloo - ah, didn't realise you were in SA. I asked a South African once if he'd heard of the Comrades.  I remember him looking at me as if I was insane for even so much as asking the question.  At least, I suppose, he didn't shoot me. 

VLM lollipop update - it's actually a flag (sticking out of a backpack type contraption). Not sure there's much faith in my ability if I need four of the forum's finest to supervise me the whole way.  Latest email from RW Towers suggests I am indeed on the blue start, despite having a red number.  Sure it's not an insurmountable challenge, but don't know yet where I should leave my bag - wouldn't want to mislay any Red Lion beer tokens.

On the running front, did 6 + 16 yesterday and another 6 this morning.  Probably do 10 later and 13-odd tomorrow and Sunday in the HM.  Got to fill the bank holiday with something other than darts practice.

29/03/2013 at 10:21

good stuff on the mileage CW, a long run or a long long run ? I have to bag my 20 tomorrow, but will probably stick to 4M loops in case my sore calf twangs.

90min turbo bagged, a good aerobic workout without any running muscles taking a beating.

29/03/2013 at 10:24

DanA - who paces the pacer....depending on how the next 3 weeks go you might have one more to keep you company on your duties. That is a lot of running you're doing.

LJ - sounds promising

29/03/2013 at 11:15

TR -- this weekend will be my last 20+M, and long, but not long -- easily less than a marathon I'd say! I use the same tactic of looping or out-and-backing near home all the time on long runs now, in case of twangs or pit-stops. (Hope your calf doesn't need such a stop.) Once VLM is out of the way though, and August looms, I'll be looking at another BGR attempt again, and so might do some wilder long runs in preparation for that.

Good to hear things looking up LJ.

My company merged with one in Pietermaritzburg, at one end of the Comrades. Guys from there would always react in the same way to marathon stories -- "so that's great, but when are you going to do a real race?"...

29/03/2013 at 11:40
Normally at this time I'd be planning a 22 mile run on Easter Sunday to cap off a great campaign. This time I plodded round 6 miles with the dog at 8:30mm feeling fat not fit. Seriously contemplating deferring this year and spectating before meeting you all in he Red Lion. I can either jog round this year, try and get a GFA time at Abingdon and be back for 2015. Or I can defer, then I have two attempts to get another GFA for 2015. The latter sounds more appealing, especially as I did the jog round this year.

Whatever I decide, I'll see you all in the Red Lion!
29/03/2013 at 12:25

Yay!  Blue start, DanA?  Sneak to the front of pen 1, please

13M for me including 5 x 1M @ MP.  Pushed a little bit hard on the MP sections and they were more 6.35 than 6.45 but it was good to burn off last night's G&Ts!

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