Talkback: ASICS Target 26.2 Team: Craig

Introducing First Timer Craig (aka BoDuke)

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21/04/2012 at 10:00
Good luck susie and it'll be my first tomorrow too so we're not all that experienced . Good work Craig...how'd it feel?
21/04/2012 at 10:16
The first is the best and a guaranteed PB! Enjoy your leap into the unknown, you probably think it's the first and last!

In my first half at Silverstone the finish line photo they actually emailed me for purchase was almost worth the expense for sheer randomness - me trying to look runnerISH alongside a giant caterpillar, with an octogenarian just behind AND a girl throwing up ahead!
21/04/2012 at 10:35
Susie/Louisa: I found passing 13.1 in good shape and then 20 into the unknown as nice bits. Then getting to 25 and knowing that even if it all goes wrong it's only a mile so might as well keep going to be amazing... This time tomorrow you will be getting cheered on by a million people who will be willing you to the end. Then you will cross the line and be a marathon runner... Remember why you are doing it and enjoy. GOOD LUCK!

BTW, I know how exciting/scary it is. I felt exactly the same this time last week. Eat early, stay calm, get an early night and know that by the end of tomorrow you will have done something that most people won't.

I'm totally addicted, does it show???
21/04/2012 at 10:59
Eight miles this morning at marathon pace. I tried out my new Garmin settings [lap pace + actual pace] and planned to run four miles out at 10:15 pace and four miles back at 9:45 pace. The first four miles was 40:58 which was bang-on pace, and the return in 38:49 was 9:42 pace. I had average overall pace on a separate screen, but only referred to it at the end.

The run was a mix of road, hills, muddy/slippery trail - so it was a challenge to maintain the correct pace. If I can get it right over mixed terrain, then I know I can get it right on a reasonably flat road race. So, I'm happy with those pace settings.

A week to go!

Good luck to all VLM'ers tomorrow.
21/04/2012 at 11:34
Ten: it's the only way to go (IMHO). Total average pace is far too variable over that distance. But you do need to do some maths if you plan on doing progressions. BTW I'm 80% certain that I'm going to go over to MK next weekend. Deffo want to see you guys run it and cheer you all on.
21/04/2012 at 11:57
Look forward to seeing you there, if you do go.

I doubt I shall be looking anywhere near as good as you guys did at the end At least spectators will be under cover at the end (in the Stadium) if the weather is carp.
Edited: 21/04/2012 at 11:57
21/04/2012 at 12:20
Ten - is that MK you are doing?
21/04/2012 at 12:27

Craig - like the "cool dude" sunnies and beannie on the photo gallery just up on the home page - the podium shot must be one for you guys to keep

MP run went well yesterday - 6 miles at 8:30 plus a one mile jog home - rest today then 2 hr easy run tomorrow afternoon after watching the VLM on telly

Got my race number in the post today for Mar of North on 6th May - really excited now !!!

21/04/2012 at 12:31
Rosie McBonkers (as she is now affectionately  known in our house) is also doing that mara! She is amazing!
21/04/2012 at 12:46
She's also doing VLM and Edi - Bonkers or what ?
21/04/2012 at 12:51
Oscarr: getting there mate, exciting.

The podium picture is brilliant. Made me v happy being on that (never going to happen again...)

Rosie is going for the 100 Mara club before the end of next year, I think...
21/04/2012 at 13:00
I totally loved the video as well, another keeper, shows real transformation and willingness.

I can really relate to so many parts of the journey.
21/04/2012 at 13:14
Thanks guys. I'm glad you like it, makes me smile to think that this has been recorded for the future. Know how lucky we have been.
21/04/2012 at 15:26
I can't see the other buds on the website - did anyone spelled them? Is it possible?
21/04/2012 at 16:34
Thanks Louisa, Boduke and reikirabbit!
Good luck Louisa!
Boduke, I can't imagine becoming addicted to marathons!!
Reikirabbit, love your photo story, very funny!!
21/04/2012 at 16:38

Best of luck Susie, Louisa and all the other VLMers out there! Rein yourselves in over the early miles, stick to your plan but above all, enjoy the race. Hope it goes brilliantly!

21/04/2012 at 17:08
Sam Murphy Rules! Listen to her!!!
21/04/2012 at 17:48
I am doing!! Just did my revision with the marathon book - don't have any peppermint oil though!
21/04/2012 at 18:20
RR: lol so hard I scared my cats away.... Thank you!
21/04/2012 at 18:25
Thanks Sam,
Surprised by how nervous I am.
Guessing I won't sleep that well tonight, but I am excited too!
Feels like doing an exam!
Off for more pasta soon
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