Just seen the news about Boston. How awful and how traumatic for all those running and spectating.
Came on give IB a lift but feel pretty angry / cut up / worried about the bombs.
Howard - sorry to hear about your friend - that's really tough.
IB - we all have bad runs when we thought everything was going to go well. I'm sure you'll bounce back.
How are all our Brightoners today? Brings Boston's events into sharp focus, eh?
We're wondering whether/how to mark it at training tonight. Any ideas how clubs coudl do it?
I thought it might be good to wear something American. Bruce Fordyce is wearing his Boston 2012 finishers T shirt all day in solidarity.
Minutes silence? Not sure. I know a few friends are going to wear their club tops whilst running tonight as a sign of respect.
I'm really not sure about Sunday now, was very up mentally and now very down, last nights events were a real shock to me.. unimaginable for those involved, family, friends, some terrible injuries. Running seems all a bit pointless now.
Doesn't seem mentioned much but they raided somewhere last night and someone in questioning already. Plus more devices were de-activated, 3-5 more could've gone off.
FRC, you should really run. I'm hoping to come and watch. Have a school friend running it too...
I'm with Smeags - Running is one of the few activities in the world that is completely inclusive, it shows us that humans of all can come together to enjoy something regardless of age, gender, beliefs etc. Running is a little beacon of hope in a sometimes dire world. It would be a sad day if we were to lose it. My plan is pay my respects to those who have lost their lives or sustained injuries and to continue on as before.
As such, here is my race report from Sunday!
I was feeling quite excited and completely ready to go on Sunday morning, positioning myself in front of the 4:00 pacer. My plan was to run from him the entire way around. My plan went pretty well, for the first 16 miles.. I felt really good coming up and around Preston Park and through the city centre - I was keeping to my splits like clockwork and felt I was doing a good job of holding back. The trip up the hill was also enjoyable, I like hills when I'm allowed to run slowly up them. On the way out of the village is when I spotted Susan, but it took me a few metres to put together the red tutu and name on the shirt - I did yell out but I think my attempted cry of 'Susan, it's Coops!' sounded more like SUUDSAJDSASdPS. I started to tire a little as I was coming down the hill (??) but pulled my splits back to pace with the support of the crowd along the seafront. Somewhere along this stretch I became a little over excited and I think this is where it all went wrong for the 4:00 target.. at 15 miles I was ahead by almost 2 mins, but by 17 I was behind by three. The trip out and around Hove completely humbled me. I turned the corner with a 4:00 pacer balloon from in front slowly getting closer, but by the time I came back on to the seafront the 4:00 pacer from behind had overtaken me at a speed I couldn't believe I had been running only a few miles back. There is little to report of the remaining miles other than they seemed to go on forever. I had abandoned the 4:00 target by then and was just focusing on making my legs work. It is all a bit of a blur but I do remembering thinking how hard the 'climb' was to get over a speed hump and then laughing at how ridiculous that was. I had definitely gone a bit 'squirrel' at this point. Crossing the finish line was just amazing. I'm now shuffling around like a Penguin but I've run a marathon and I refuse to let anything get in the way of how good that makes me feel. Lessons to take in to the next one.. I need to work on nutrition, my single clif bar just didn't cut it on the day. I also need to teach my quads to cope with sustained hard effort. I didn't do any intervals etc. so I think that will be the next addition to my training regime. A bit long, I think I'm feeling rather emotional still - sorry
Top reporting, Coops. All sorts of gym work is good, but I think everyone's quads feel mashed during a marathon, no matter how much strength work they do in advance. That's just normal! Do you do lots of your running off road? Getting used to the pounding of leg against tarmac is something you can only train for by running on the road. (On the other hand, that prob played a big part in my not doing Brighton...)
The main thing is that you enjoyed having triumphed over the marathon - it's a tough task master which you can only 'get' when you've done one. And you HAVE
FRC- You have to run. I will be in my UK top but now may put something on it. Ideas? I would rather we were going to clap as seems more like F@@k off to the people who did this. The marathon family is strong we have to be to.
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