Talkback: ASICS Target 26.2 Team: Lee

Introducing the fourth member of our ASICS Target 26.2 team - Lee (aka Choisty) With Virgin London Marathon Championship qualification as hi...

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10/01/2012 at 12:30
Easy again this morning 7.5 miles in 50 mins so just a little quicker than it should be but it felt steady. A little warmer this morning but that may because I started late at 5:45!
11/01/2012 at 10:27

ok - not much inside sub 7s and if it felt comfortable then hopefully it wouldn't have taken too much out of you

11/01/2012 at 15:45
Today felt like a struggle especially in the early miles, but again it was up early after a late night which may explain it. Still managed to complete the 9 miles in 58mins so it was on pace and it got easier and I started to wake up. I travel back overnight tonight so it will be interesting to see how that effects reps tomorrow!
11/01/2012 at 17:14
another good solid training run. It will probably have some effect tomorrow so think it is important to ease into tomorrow's session and improve speed through session than start fast and risk slowing as you get more tired as the jet lag etc kicks in.
11/01/2012 at 20:50
Lee: Hope you can at least enjoy some wamth and  get some much needed Vitamin D !
12/01/2012 at 14:12

Definetly enjoyed Miami, the running was so easy, also on the last day I cross trained by kite surfing, coming away unscathed apart from a cut knee, at least I managed to avoid the portuguese man o war!

 Steve tonight I will take your advice and start slow and build up, thanks for the advice.  I will miss the easy 4miles today, the first run on the plan I've skip......damn!

12/01/2012 at 16:10
Good luck with it. I'd be tempted to do first one at nearer marathon pace (ie 6:00-6:10) and then second one nearer half-marathon pace (5:40-5:45) and then aim to pick up the last 3 gradually and see if you can finish with a sub-5:20
12/01/2012 at 17:19
Steve - a chap who helped me run my first marathon knows you. He a is a lovely chap called Dave Beatie - do you remember him?
12/01/2012 at 18:20

Congratulations on making the team.  I voted for you because I have a similar target having run a PB of 2 hours 40 minutes and 28 seconds at the London Marathon last year.

 I am looking forward to following your training and maybe borrowing a few of the training ideas from your coach,

 Good luck.

12/01/2012 at 18:44

Hi Emma yes know Dave Beattie well and he is indeed a very friendly knowledgeable and highly experienced runner, having won the London to Brighton and completed it 20 times!.

Hi Russell - you look like you have similar short distance ability to Lee's and certainly have the raw basic pace requirements to break 2:40.

12/01/2012 at 21:32

Wow - I knew he'd run it and won it and thought he'd got the record or had the record for some time. But didn't realise he'd run it 20 times!

He gave talks lead some runs for the charity runners for St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley - every year he raises money for them when he runs the marathon. He still gets GFA places - and seems so relaxed about it all.

Every now and again I bump into him at events around the county ... I saw him running the wrong way at the Tunbridge Wells half in a St Catherine's vest - think he had gone back to support someone!

13/01/2012 at 09:54

Wow, London to brighton thats a bit too far!

 Does anyone have a cure for jet lag, so far I am very dosy, nausius and very tired

Russell, Thank you for the support, how is your training going?

Steve, despite the jet lag I complete the session yesterday as you suggested.  I really didn't want to go but I was basically shoved out the door by my wife who pointed out I would regret it if I didn't run...a usefull in house motivator!  I ran 1.5miles warm-up, followed by the 1 x 5miles, gettting faster for  each one, start at 6:05 and increasing to 5:40, followed by 2.5 mile warm-down.  It was very tough, tiredness, jet-lag, change in temperature, hills.  But my wife was right I am pleased I completed it.

13/01/2012 at 10:10

Choisty, you seem to be ticking off the sessions quite well. you must be pleased with your progress so far?

yesterdays session sounds like a great acheivement given the circumstances and you're right to be pleased. I get that feeling of guilt when you miss a session (and so does my missus too so I have been kicked out the door on a few occasions).

maybe a few twiglets will sort your jetlag out? aren't they full of vitamin B (Among other things?)

13/01/2012 at 10:37
Excellent - well done on doing. It's easy to make excuses but it's doing sessions like this when you can easily not that makes the difference and it's the mentality you need in those last 4 miles in marathons when the body is screaming for you to stop or slow but you have to fight it to reach your target
13/01/2012 at 10:38
Best fix for jetlag is to get back into the swing of thngs as soon as possible. If it is daylight, get outside, get active and let your body know it is day, if it is night, get into bed and under the covers and sleep.
13/01/2012 at 12:17

Thanks for your advice I will use it go for a run at lunch time (I am at work an into a normal routine, its just hard).

I am pleased with how the training is going so far, my only concern has been it feels more a struggle than I would of hoped to get to and maintain the faster (10km) pace, so I am a little worried about my absolute pace, this said I have set a park run PB recently.  The endurance so far has been easy and I have enjoyed the extra miles, the tempo has felt like normal so I am satisfied there.

My usual completion rate fo training plans is 97% with around 101% of distance, is this the same for you?

13/01/2012 at 12:43

if your asking me choisty, i've not worked it out but my completion rate i would imagine is not great. I seemed to have suffered more than my fair share of injuries over the years and in a marathon build up I usully get ill once. last year for the VLM out of 16 weeks training i missed 2 weeks with illness and then i probably missed nearly another 2 weeks worth of running spread out through just being too busy or having exams and assignments to complete.

so if i can stay away from ill people and try and organise myself a bit better i think i can have a real good go at it this time

 i would say 97% is pretty good going....

13/01/2012 at 13:02
Otis I am lucky that I have never suffered with anything other than an odd cold which can be run through.  Running as well as you do off of 75% completion is good going.
13/01/2012 at 19:10

Choisty - training is going well thanks.  I live in Glasgow and there is a great bunch of runners from various club that meet up most lunchtimes.  We do sessions on Tuesday and Thursday and steady runs the rest of the week.

 I ran the Glasgow Parkrun a few times over Christmas and New Year to counteract the extra drinking and eating and raced the Great Edinburgh Run 5k last week.  I am going to start ramping up the long runs from tomorrow where I will try to do about 16 miles.

 I am trying to decide on a warm up half marathon in March.  It is between Inverness 11th March, Alloa or Liverpool both on 18th March. 

13/01/2012 at 19:36
If it makes any difference to you Russell, Liverpool doesn't count for Po10. At least it didn't in 2010 when I ran it anyway.
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