Sub 3

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

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25/07/2013 at 21:45

I'll be beating them off with a sh!tty stick, I'm sure, TR...

25/07/2013 at 22:02

Good parkrunning from Wardi, Dan A and CC2.  Bad parkrunning by Dids, I'd have thought given your Strava battles you'd defend your turf better from other sub-3ers.

Impressive stuff from CD, good half marathon time after all that!  Nice half PB from DS too.

Al_P, as pictures of deer's arses go, you can tell your clubmate it's a pretty good one.  They're lined up perfectly.

Rather disappointing day for me on Sunday in my old hometown for the Frome Half Marathon.  Had been ill for much of the preceding week, but felt better Saturday and Sunday, so thought I'd be OK.  Not really, as it turned out.  The result of attempting a hilly half off that was that I had several brief walk breaks, and ended up with 1:19:58, a personal worst since the beginning of 2012 when I became Not Shit (in my view anyway).  Two and a half minutes slower than last year despite being a faster runner now.  On the plus side, it was still somehow good enough for 3rd, which gives me 8 podiums in a row.  Even on form I wouldn't have troubled the winner, who was one of Marigold's famous BAC Spice Boys.  Spoke to him for a bit afterwards.  Nice bloke.  Nice hair.

Regained some confidence yesterday with 18 including 10 @ 5:59 pace.  Felt a bit tough in the heat, but definitely reassuring that a more sedate 6:05 pace will be doable for sub 2:40 come October.

TT - you interested in the SEAA relays at Aldershot on 22nd September?  Looks like there is some interest, and hopefully we can actually assemble a quick team.  I should be in.

25/07/2013 at 22:17

Only 4 miles easy today - legs do seem to be more tired than they should be at the moment - probably partly due to cycling to work and back each day, and haven't had a proper rest day for a while.

Going to try running to work tomorrow and hopefully will start doing that most days, will mean doing an easy 11 miles every week day which would be good if I can keep it up. Also can get breakfast as well at work which is meant to be pretty good - will have something to look forward to on the way.

Nice 20 miler Dids, never understand why poeple carry water with them when jogging - it's surprising how far you can go without water (not that it's very enjoyable, last summer did 26 miles in the sun without water after not finding any shops to get a drink and apparently looked a bit of a mess afterwards).

25/07/2013 at 23:06

no takers yet Jools ? we have a cricket match otherwise I'd be your escort, could have got my DJ out especially and splashed on a bit of Denim for men too.

Ran 10M today, although it was a 5 and 5 commute.

26/07/2013 at 08:04

Jools - I would love to go to the athletics this weekend, but in the Lakes as you know. Have a good time - hope you find a good date! (not TR)

CW - 2:06 up and downt he same flight of stairs, fair play, I couldn't (mentally) do that!

Dachs - don't worry about it, the illness will have affected you even if you did feel better by the weekend. It always leaves you a bit drained for an extra week or so.

I had a decent evening yesterday - 9:14 for the undulating 3k, plus 16M cycle each way, so a good couple of hours of training.

26/07/2013 at 08:49

Dachs - Shame the half didn't go to plan, but well done on the podium none the less. Judging whether you're recovered from a bug is a hard call. I had a bout of flu the week before the Gosport half one year, didn't feel up to running right up to the Saturday night before, but felt okish on the Sunday morning and ended up having a great race. We may have thread deja vue next weekend as I'm doing the (hilly) Stur half which is also a Dorset Road League fixture, hence I expect to be in the company of various quick guys in blue and yellow..... (but at least not Marigold, as he'll be in Sweden running round in circles a lot). I'm in Paris for work most of next week, so going to take the oppotunity to cut back and do a mini-taper into the race . Btw, the NF10 prize photo was by my club-mate, but he said the shot selection was done by the race organisers not him! Good quality 18M run as well.

Toro - Nice 5k result, I'd like to have done a couple of those races, but they have clashed with the XC racing this year.

CW - 1200m ascent, how many times up and down the stairs was that? how many levels does the car park have? I'm surprized you've got away with it so far, given the big brother CCTV attitudes that prevail these days....

Padams - Good evening's work there for sure.

I was just going to do an easy run with the club last night, but ended up doing a speed session instead. Safe to say it was fairly sh#t after racing the night before. 5x200m parlaufs followed by 5x600m. Terrible to start with, but actually got a bit better by the end as my legs freed up slightly.

26/07/2013 at 10:50

I would love to have gone to the athletics but am not in town this weekend: damnit.

When we come to the annual awards can we please remember CW running up and down car park stairs for over 2 hours? You are remarkable. 

I am struggling so much with CNBA at the moment. Not really had it like this since I resumed running back in 2009. Maybe I'm tired. I'm running recreationally but the effort for marathon training is leaving me beyond 'meh'. Can anyone help me?!

26/07/2013 at 11:09

Padams - Oi!   LLTR

HR - same here, defo tiredness for me, although its a combination of last few weeks of crkt season, and still trying to train on top all the rest too. Not enough hours in the day at the mo. Hopefully I get more time from the end of next week.

Al-P - havnt been able to make one of the 5ks either, shame as my Midsummer 5M time would indicate something very low 17. But the potential hasnt gone away I guess.

26/07/2013 at 12:43

Dachs -- great 18M there after your buggy half, glad you're getting better.

Al_P/HR -- I can't even imagine doing 200m reps right now! It was 100 repeats of 63 steps of 19cm each. I tried to get into a Zen-like state, but it was a bit of a mental game doing so many. I used to use a taller set of stairs in town but they had suspicious security guards; then I realised the nearby multistorey doors are open 24/7 and they are little used, with no CCTV coverage and no security. Just one surprised-looking cleaner!

HR -- maybe you need a race to focus on?

Bimbled a slow 4M into work today. My calves are pretty stiff from the stairs, which is interesting as it is the quads that "should" be -- maybe they are nicely acclimatised now. (Sets self up for nasty surprise on first real fell run...)

26/07/2013 at 14:35

Got no interest in the 'fletix but an afternoon in the company of one of the thread's finest? Wow that's the hottest ticket in town.  Fortunately for ickle sweetcheeks I'm otherwise engaged.  Hope she can get over the disappointment in time for Frankfurt.  It's obviously going to be tough in the coming days and weeks.

As you were.

26/07/2013 at 15:27

Still crying an hour later, CRAB...

26/07/2013 at 16:14

I dunno. Maybe that was the cathartic self-motivation I needed. Just back from 10m out to Thetford forest. Sweating like the proverbial but it was magic. It's still not exactly marathon training. Ah well.

TR - that's my issue too. So many other things to do. Have been decorating for my mum this past fortnight and my little'un's coming to stay tomorrow for three days. Still I guess people have juggled many more balls than this and gone fast.

Maybe my mother's fruitcake is the real source of the problem ...

Edited: 26/07/2013 at 18:18
26/07/2013 at 20:57

Watching Jamaicans win sprint events feels like spotting the examinee next to you read answers off their cuff.

Edited: 26/07/2013 at 20:57
26/07/2013 at 22:46

Blimey, I wish I could get to London. I'd love to go to the Anniversary Games. I'll have to make do with the TV though. Missed tonight's action as I was racing myself. Scraped a minor PB of 18.55 in the Newstead Abbey Dash 5k. 2nd lady and county silver. 

28/07/2013 at 11:06

Did we just have a day with no postings?

Great 5k there CC2, congrats on the podium/medal. (First time sub-19?)

My mountain training was a bit less epic today, as I've notionally started tapering. 4 hours, 27 miles (so 9 min/M avg) including more mind games with 50xCastle Hill in Cambridge, including the 60 shallow (but usefully uneven) steps to the top of the mound. Climbing was getting weary by the end, but I actually found some strength to accelerate to an awesome 7:45/M for the last flat 5M or so round town, with the last half mile at 6:45/M (felt like Mo Farah on his last lap by recent standards). I could easily have done more, so it's good to feel that some of that pre-VLM endurance has returned, when a marathon feels like an ordinary run and doesn't finish as a death-march.

28/07/2013 at 11:13

looks like CC killed the thread this time, with tales of a PB and medals too, surely someone could have given the necessary kudos such a feat deserves ? Well played CC.

CW - any fun fairs with helter skelters near you ?

3h 15M (61M) on the bike yday, and my first 20 since VLM training today. Lack of miles is starting to show though as it felt like it was a very long way.


28/07/2013 at 11:31

TR -- impressive weekend's work there. I thought there might be a fun fair going up today, but actually it was the finishing marquee for the London-Cambridge bike ride -- instead of deathly calm at 05:30 town was full of cyclists, cars with bikes, and coaches and trucks to transport riders and machines. Also yet another group of surprised Euro-teens at the top of Castle Mound still having earnest discussions around a bottle of wine, so there was a bit of fun banter there (I always congratulate post-dawn partygoers on their endurance if they comment on my repetitive antics). You're right though, I've missed a trick: my work once hired a helter-skelter for a BBQ; I could have had one parked in my street, with my own personal spiral staircase to train on...

28/07/2013 at 11:39

Nice work on the PB CC, and training miles TR.

I PB'd at Parkrun Yesterday with a 17.28, 7 seconds better than I ran 10 days ago, pleased to go under 17.30.

Nothing Today as I'm tapering for next weekends multisport efforts!

28/07/2013 at 13:09

CW - you should have come running with me today, I did once up Farlington Avenue and 3 times up Widley Walk. I have a number for the Harting trail 10 next Sunday and Harting is on the South Downs way, so if its a trail race then I'm guessing that its not going to be flat or fast.

Oliver - are you doing IMUK ?

28/07/2013 at 14:35

Thanks folks. Not my first time under 19 mins, I did say it was a dinky PB!

I too had to dodge cyclists on my run today. Bliddy charity riders with no common sense. It's a narrow path, there's a runner coming towards us, lets ride two abrest and/or weave about all over the place... Grr. And an actual funfair to dodge, although they're only just setting up. Seems a bit early as the Riverside festival they're all there for doesn't even start until Friday.

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