Sub 4.30 - Vote for David - First Timer

David Reeve's quest to do a marathon!

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04/12/2013 at 11:46

Thanks for visiting my thread for the Asics 26.2 competition, I’m still on a huge high following my shortlisting for the project!

I took up running one year ago after my wife attended a beginners running course and came home saying how friendly and great the club were, so the next week I went along to the Slinn Allstars in Swindon – big shout out to all the Allstars! – and she was right, they are a great bunch and extremely friendly! It’s a trait I’ve found in all runners actually, and I certainly wouldn’t have achieved the progress I have made without the support of the group.

Since joining the club they have encouraged my running to the point where I have now completed two half marathons (1.59 and 1.56…. getting gradually quicker!) and have really enjoyed both of them…even though it did chuck it down at the Swindon half in October! I have now set my sights on upping the distance to become a marathoner.

I entered the Asics 26.2 project after reading about it in Runners World magazine and, after some encouragement from my sister who ran the London Marathon in 2013, she’s passing the marathon baton on to me now she is Pregnant! I’ve also always had an ambition to do a marathon before I am 30 – it’s next September but don’t tell anyone! - and what better place than in Paris. The beautiful city also holds a special place in my heart as it’s where my wife Eve and I got engaged!

Bootcamp was a fantastic experience, the 5.30AM alarm not so much, but it was well worth it when I got there. I had a bit of time to spare so I started with a tour of the campus to visit my old university days, including a barrier that once hit me on the head when I wasn’t looking. Actually, maybe that explains a lot…

Then it was up to the café at the Munrow Sports Centre to meet my fellow boot campers. Everybody was very welcoming, approachable and we quickly started chatting about running. There was a real mix of experienced marathoners and first timers. Following a quick introduction by the organisers we headed to the comfort of the sprung floorin the gym for an excellent talk on injury management and prevention. It was then outside to complete a timed 5K run under the watchful gaze of Steve Smythe. After lunch we had a really informative chat with Mara Yamauchi, and the overriding thing I took from the session was to keep it simple and enjoy your running. Following an Asics gait analysis session we finished the day under the stadium lights with a pacing session lead by Sam Murphy.

It was a fantastic and very inspiring day made all the better by the rest of the sub 4.30 group. We all had a lot of laughs, picked up a lot of new information and supported each other on all the runs. Since bootcamp I have been putting into place some of the pacing, stretching (“activate the glutes!!!”) and nutrition tips into practice.

I’m so happy to have been shortlisted for the next stage, I really didn’t expect it. So, if you want to see a slightly below average height chap realise his marathon ambition then please vote #TeamReeve. And as you can probably tell by the #, I tweet more than your average garden sparrow, so also please give me a follow me at @davidreeve.

Thanks again and good luck with you running!

04/12/2013 at 12:39
seren nos yn canu    pirate
04/12/2013 at 16:39

si david you have finally found the forums.......

so what kind of poster will you be and what will you bring to the forums...

 

04/12/2013 at 17:26
seren nos wrote (see)

si david you have finally found the forums.......

so what kind of poster will you be and what will you bring to the forums...

 

Hi Seren nos,

Sorry I havent found the forum's before - still relatively new to all this running stuff, despite reading Runners World for while I hadn't ventured onto here. Hope all you regulars play nice!

I plan to bring my training expereinces as I work towards my first Marathon, be that as part of this project or otherwise. I hope people will be able to relate to my trianing experiences and i can learn from others.

 

04/12/2013 at 17:42

So all those seasoned Marathoners on here, if you give us newbies 1 tip what would it be?

04/12/2013 at 18:01
Don't run all of your runs at race pace!
04/12/2013 at 18:12
Dave Reeve wrote (see)

So all those seasoned Marathoners on here, if you give us newbies 1 tip what would it be?

Enjoy and savour every moment and mile of your first marathon, as whatever you do it in, it will be a PB when you cross the line, and it will be a very special moment, likely to very very emotional as well!

Good luck

04/12/2013 at 18:14

Thanks guys, both great tips. I like the sound of the fact it will be a def PB! haha.

04/12/2013 at 18:24

Don't piss off Seren Nos!

04/12/2013 at 18:33

OK i'll remeber that tip! thanks Xyloid

04/12/2013 at 21:46

I'm going to decide who to vote for by asking one question and the person with the best answer gets it.

What's you favourite Star Wars character ??

04/12/2013 at 22:46

Definately R2D2 as I can relate to him on the same level.... #shorty 

04/12/2013 at 22:50

Hi Dave

Good to see someone else flying the flag for Swindon in the final round, its a shame we didn't get to meet at Boot Camp.

Obviously you got my vote in your category and thank you for mine.

I run with Swindon Striders as you can probably tell from the vest   I also run regularly with Swindon Shin Splints.

Good luck with your voting campaign and hopefully we can keep in touch and i'll see you on the Swindon race circuits

04/12/2013 at 22:59

Hi Marcus, 

yes was was a shame our paths didn't cross on Friday. I run with the Slinn Allstars and have done for the past year. 

I have already seen some of members voting for you too! 

Yes good luck luck to you too, ParkRun sat?? 

04/12/2013 at 23:25
Dave Reeve wrote (see)

Hi Marcus, 

yes was was a shame our paths didn't cross on Friday. I run with the Slinn Allstars and have done for the past year. 

I have already seen some of members voting for you too! 

Yes good luck luck to you too, ParkRun sat?? 

Its good to see some of the Allstars voting for me also.  My partner child minds for one of your club members children (Kim) and has been trying to get votes for me.

Im planning to do my first long run on Saturday but maybe I'll run to ParkRun, do the course and run home. If so I'll let you know.

 

05/12/2013 at 06:23
Dave Reeve wrote (see)

Definately R2D2 as I can relate to him on the same level.... #shorty 

 

Interesting, cheers

seren nos yn canu    pirate
05/12/2013 at 07:03
Xyloid wrote (see)

Don't piss off Seren Nos!

 

don't be so nasty......I'm a sensitive soul..........

05/12/2013 at 11:48
Wow I am now getting caned in the voting! The forum obviously didn't like my choice of R2D2!
05/12/2013 at 12:18

There aren't enough runners in the forum to make much of a difference.  I think most of the votes are coming from outside the running community!

05/12/2013 at 12:21

As I suggested to Denise in Sub 5:

How about getting the whole of your county to vote for you? All your local running clubs, get your friends and families to retweet to their contacts to help with the votes? Do you work in a big organisation? Get them all involved! Sadly I cannot claim credit to any of these, they are not my ideas, they are what your fellow finalists are up to!

Good luck!

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