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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19/12/2011 at 09:22

It was a mob match for the club I run for versus the local cycling club (they use xc as winter training) the course is a loop up onto the downs, along the harrow way and then back down for the only bit of tarmac back to the club house it is about 3.5miles of frozen mud (well this year, last two years it was snow), I finished in 19:46 around 1sec ahead of my training partner (my money was on a win for him this year).

It is a fabualous day, the cyclist cycle over wearing santa costumes, before kettign kitted out to run, we then race, prize giving and raffle before they redress as santa and cycle off for their christmas dinner and we go off for ours, knowing we have done enough to deserve it!

I hate ironing

seren nos    pirate
19/12/2011 at 09:42
well done on the race....i would quit the ironing if I was you....I'm sure its not good for you.
looking forward to following a speedy runner even though its way outside my abilities
good luck
19/12/2011 at 12:04
3.5 miles of x-country in 19:46 is a bit tasty, well done!
19/12/2011 at 16:09
Thank you, well I am continueing to follow the doctors take it easy advice and went for a 10mile tempo run today, 1 mile warm-up, the 8 miles at 5:45 pace followed by 1 miles warm down, all completed in 60:34, so very close to a sub 60 in training now that would be a first.  Not entirely sure this is what they had in mind still all seems well, apart from the fact I am starving!
19/12/2011 at 17:12
That really doesn't sound like taking it easy to me!
19/12/2011 at 18:01
Well everything is now OK after 2 baps and loads of fruit
19/12/2011 at 19:14

Lovey to meet you on Saturday Lee - what a mad day it was!

If only ironing counted as training - I'd be a champ in my own right I reckon!

Youfat was less than normal - mine was huge... I'm hoping some of it was due to being dehydrated. Wht a lardy I am . Need to build up muscle mass - but no way I can squeeze an additional session in - I'm already trying to put an extra run in once a week as it is! Well done on your running.

How far were you able to reach on the stretch test - the chap had his clipboard on the top and had to quickly move it as I progressed further than expected. Even though I am a fatty my VO2 max was ok (apparently - haven't really got a clue).

19/12/2011 at 20:10
I managed a stretch of 40cm which got a wow. That was better than the errr about the heart! I can't wait to go back and get the vo2 max done that was to be the highlight of my day, I also wanted a proper lactate threshold test but isn't included apparently, as it requires them to take blood.

What's your PB for a shirt or trousers, mine is 6mins and 4mins respectively, that is adults kids don't count !
19/12/2011 at 20:16
Impressive to see a runner who has "above average" flexibility. We all seem to made of rigid plastic in my experience. I assume that was an average "normal" rather than an average runner that you were bendier than? Must be all that hardcore ironing

Hope the little heart issue proves to be a storm in a teacup. Doesn't sound like it's holding you back however!

Interesting that you're doing quite tough sessions like 10 including 8@5.45 in your pre mara schedule. I wonder if the early weeks of the schedule proper will have you winding back initially??
19/12/2011 at 21:04

I managed 32 so you are officially the bendiest of our team! Can you do the splits though? I was really chuffed with 32 until my mum said - "did they notice your knuckles scraping on the floor" - charming!

I think I understand the VO2 max thingy - my lung capacity wasn't brill though - about 85% of predicted

6 mins for a shirt is very impressive. Mr C is rather picky about his shirts and offers tips! Last time he did that I pointed out that I would iron them when he was still wearing them! My ironing basket looks like the equivalent to about a 16 or 17 miler (this takes me a very long time). I shall work out my average pace per shirt and let you know!

19/12/2011 at 21:29
Ironing? What's that? Oh wait, I remember. It's that thing I do once a year before I go on holiday. I own very few things that actually require ironing!
19/12/2011 at 22:23

Impressive 10 mile run there Lee. When do find out about the heart issue?
I think I came out at “average” for the stretching?

I think I wind my wife up when I do the ironing as I apparently take too long!

19/12/2011 at 22:36
That is a strategy my hubby uses too KR!
20/12/2011 at 00:07
EmmaC wrote (see)
That is a strategy my hubby uses too KR!
Us men, what are we like!
20/12/2011 at 03:36
This is going to be interesting when someone runs around 60 minutes for 10 miles when supposed to be taking it easy!  Hope to get the first part of the adapted suggested schedule up on Thursday - will have to take into account Lee's current fitness as no point losing fitness in the early weeks but suggest not too many days like today until given the all clear.
20/12/2011 at 03:37
ps well done on the win
20/12/2011 at 11:42
Cheers Steve, I was better today I went out with a mate for 6.5 miles in 55mins when it was great to catch up and have a chat, the countryside was gorgeous too. Just had the docs on the phone and I will be heading back to London for an echo cardiogram just to check things out, as I am BUPA covered it should be done soon. I am really poor at taking it easy as I enjoy running fast.

I not that picky about how the ironing looks at the end as long as it is flatish!

Regarding stretchyness it was versus the populous to give you an idea I can put flat hands on the ground when I touch my toes!
20/12/2011 at 15:06
Very impressed - you secretly been doing yoga Lee?
20/12/2011 at 17:03
You is one seriously bendy dude - embarrassed to admit I struggle to get my fingertips on the ground leaning forward.
20/12/2011 at 18:03
I'm just luck, no yoga or pilates, but I do stretch after every run especially my hamstrings.  However my daughter tells me that I'm not bendy at all...but she is a gymnast!
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