sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

all welcome

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02/02/2004 at 13:05
V well done CA....bang on the money. That's the sort of time I'll be looking for at Hastings though I suspect the pacing will be tricky as it's 5 miles up hill from the start (fine by me, love descents).
02/02/2004 at 14:46

Would it be OK if I join this group? I have only just got back into training after injury (torn calf muscle). I managed 11.5 miles on Sunday in about an hour and a half. I am going to attempt to beat by P.B. of 4 hrs 0 minutes 37 seconds, 2003 FLM hence entering again this year.
02/02/2004 at 14:51
Bacon Roll,

Good afternoon your are more than welcome to join us.

How long was yuo out for?

02/02/2004 at 14:55

I didn't do any running at all for three weeks and have spent the last two weeks on the treadmill in the gym taking it nice and easy. I will try and get out on the roads this week but stay away from the hill for a little bit longer.
02/02/2004 at 15:02
BR - you seem to have taken the sensible approach, were do you normally run?
02/02/2004 at 15:07
4 hours and 37 seconds - that's the stuff of nightmares! Bad luck...
02/02/2004 at 15:13

I live in west London so I tend to run Richmond Park and the Thames towpath for my long runs, apart from that it’s the treadmill at the gym or trying to dodge the London traffic.


Tell me about it…. I am also training my bladder this year as if I hadn’t stop of for a pee at 9 miles I would have probably got under the 4 hour mark.
02/02/2004 at 15:16
hi all.i started the thread and have hardly been on here!have now got over my ingrown toenail,and battling to get back alongside the rw programme but getting sore shins as a result of trying too not sure if the 4 is on.
but will be better attender in future!
02/02/2004 at 15:21
Hi Alex, nice to have you back, I was thinking the other day what had happened to you.

I can sympathise with you on the ingrowing toe nail & shin front, had both my toe nails done some years back, the thought pain still makes me wince.

Hopefully you be happy the way this thread has developed.

02/02/2004 at 15:24
Oh no! Not a 38 second toilet stop!

I can only imagine how long that last stretch along the Mall must have seemed - you must have seen the hour roll over.

Still - you did 20 minutes better than my first (and only) time 7 years ago - and it gives you extra impetus for this year.
02/02/2004 at 15:42
I had been taking on a lot of fluids before the start, plus it must have taken at least 15 seconds to undo the draw string on my shorts.

This will be my third FLM (first in 2000). I beat my orginal PB by 29 minutes last year.
02/02/2004 at 16:30
hey guys,
Valaxiun, nice time but hope your knees hold up.
a desire to keep my knees in shape and get off the injury bench was paramount in my decision to pull out of the watford half.
i went to richmond park and put in 2 LSD laps instead...i feel it may have been the sensible thing to do as whenever the old knee pain flared i could slow down without the pressure to beat my PB. felt like a bit of a poser, but i really have to think long-term, what with the sponsorship money, family coming over and personal pride on the line for FLM!
Bacon Roll...check out the "Sunday Runs in Richmond Park" thread for a sub-4 hour running group that runs, yep, Sundays in Richmond Park...
02/02/2004 at 17:04
Hey everybody, guess who went running this weekend?? At new neighbourhood. loadsa hills. I managed 5+ miles sat in 47 mins and did about 4 miles sunday.
Taking easy as the twisted ankle still bit weak but so far so good! Cant't tell you (prob don't need to) how great it is to get out there again.
Move went well thurs in spite of weather.
Hope all are well, but only read last page as I have been away 4 days and work piled up!
02/02/2004 at 17:40

You are probably gettig your priorities wrong if you're ignoring the forum for your work.

Or are you one of those very lucky people with an interesting job?

02/02/2004 at 17:48
Hi everyone. Hope you had a good weekend and successful runs.

I had a very frustrating one in that I seemed to develop a knee injury AFTER a run I completed on Friday. No problems whilst running. It came on after. Painful Saturday and as a result pulled-out of watford half on sunday which I was very unhappy about but I made the right decision as it gave me an extra day to rest. That seemed to do the trick.

I was OK this morning so ran my long run - 15 miles (slow/steady) with no problems (knee-related anyway :)) Won't mention the lack of oxygen and energy as that's another story :)

Just releaved that it doesn't seem a bad injury and over the worst, I hope. My knee aches a little now but would expect that.

02/02/2004 at 18:37

Pits of a run on Sunday. Probably due to
getting promoted last week and celebrating too
much on Friday - slept like a hog in an
akward position and must still have been
suffering sun am. Legs felt heavy and plodding
would be abetter description than running.
(And not a symptom of over-training either
as meetings and the snow had enforced a weeks
rest anyhow(.

Was planning 20 miles in about 3 hours,
cut short after about 8 miles and came
home doing 1bout 11 in 1:43. Still we all
have off days and I just hope that the
18 April will not be one of them ;-))

Rescehduled the 20 miles for next sunday -
and I bet it is raining then . . .


02/02/2004 at 18:46
Welcome Bacon Roll. I often think of you when running in Richmond Park....;-)
Welcome back Alex. Well done Wabo. Good thinking RRR.

It's about injury management folks..... as well as training and....etc. etc.

Saw physio and masseur today....and now I have a niggly right hamstring as my problem. Not a new problem, just a re-diagnosis. So it's steady as she goes, rest, ice and review and a bit of gentle running for the rest of the week.

Maybe I'll jump into the RW 3:45 schedule for next week if things looks achievable.
02/02/2004 at 18:50
Absolutely normal natnif. At least you had the good sense to call it off. Try a mini taper for next weekend and I'm sure you'll have a better run.....and congrats on the promotion.
02/02/2004 at 20:04
Thanks everyone, and welcome to the new posters.

CA - we must have passed each other at Watford. I had half an eye out for a Charlton shirt, but didn't see you!

JPVD - why the worry about my knees??

I went with a friend of mine who I have persuaded to do the London Marathon - the comedian and writer Richard Herring.

Have a look at his Feb 1 weblog at:

03/02/2004 at 09:22
Hey Higs, thanks for that. I now have my priorities firmly back in place and 1st thing this morning at work I am checking the forum!!!
Inside of ankle aches today but I am only telling you guys.......
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