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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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15/12/2011 at 10:54

Introducing the fourth member of our ASICS Target 26.2 team - Lee (aka Choisty)

With Virgin London Marathon Championship qualification as his goal, Lee will be mentored by Steve Smythe on this thread (starting December 26).

He’ll be posting his training progress and be receiving physio and nutrition advice from the ASICS PRO Team live on this thread so make sure you bookmark this thread to find out how he gets on.

You can read more about Lee's running background and goals by clicking on the article link at the top of the thread.

Good luck Lee!

15/12/2011 at 11:18
Well done on getting chosen Choisty and you've got the best person possible to guide you on your way to gaining that Championship Qualification time.
Bon chance mon ami!
15/12/2011 at 11:19


Congrats !

Was great meeting you in Birmingham and hope the coaching converts your obvious talent for running into a seriously quick time at Paris.

All the best ...

Graham K

15/12/2011 at 11:20

No string vests now ya hear!

Brilliant news - will look forward to following your progress!  Good luck

15/12/2011 at 11:35

Cheers guys..I have to say I though everyone deserved to get through as Brum was brilliant and that was because of the people, I didn't go to sleep 'til about 1am that night.  I would be keen to meet up again at one of the halves coming up as part of the prize.

I was told to keep quiet but I have been bursting to get on here as I am very very ...very excited!

So here goes for the target of 2:45 championship qualifying time in Paris (stretch target 2:39)

SB - I do have a string running vest!

15/12/2011 at 11:40

Aye ... 02:39 should be the target 

15/12/2011 at 11:57
Well done Lee, could tell you had talent from the Bootcamp. Good luck
15/12/2011 at 12:21

Congratulations!, and inspiring target.. Looking forward to catching up with you and the others on Saturday.

15/12/2011 at 12:33
Lee - keep smiling as I know you will - good to be lapped several times by you at boot camp, even though we were in different groups!!  Enjoy, enjoy and good luck.
15/12/2011 at 12:42
Well done Lee - see you on Saturday!
15/12/2011 at 12:53
Glad to see it's you that got through Lee. All the best with it. Will be following your progress keenly
15/12/2011 at 12:55
Ah Choisty, well done.  I thought you'd win.  I'm sure it was the dopey smile that did it.
15/12/2011 at 13:22

Thank you all it means a lot, and I look forward to seeing people in London, where I'm a bit worried about the health check as since I had the snip I don't liek check my health too closely .

SNHN, it's not just the smile that's dopey!!! as I hope to prove

15/12/2011 at 13:44

Stolen from KR's thread but details have been changed to mine!

A bit of a background picture:

Age: 38
Resident: North Hampshire (Kingsclere nr. Basingstoke)
Status: Married
Children: 1 Girl (7) 1 Boy (4)
Pets: 4 Fish
Driving Licence: Clean
Music: Anything but Plastic Pop or Jazz
Food: Roast Dinner
Film: Toy Story
Marathons: 2:54:37 (2006) Qty = 5 + 2 in training last marathon was 2007
20miles: 2:01:13 (2011)
Half: 1:16:06 (2010)
10 miles: 56:53  (2011)
10k: 34:33 (2011)
5 miles: 27:45 (2011)
5k: 16:50 (2010)
3000m S/C: 10:36.4 (2011)
2000m S/C: 6:50.5 (2011)

Total races = 188

15/12/2011 at 14:08

Well done Choisty (how did you get that nickname?) and I am glad to see you get roped into steeplechase at Southern League matches but maybe you didn't have to be roped in: your time shows you are somewhat decent at the event.

I am not planning to get anywhere near your time  but I am interested in seeing how you deal with the mental side of it. Even at 2:45, let alone 2:39 (which IMHO is a bridge to far), you are looking to knock 10 minutes or so off you PB. Your half and 10 mile times say it is possible but it is a big leap and not the usual 2 or 3 minutes a year safely safely others do.

15/12/2011 at 14:44

Congratulations Lee! Look forward to seeing you on saturday

2:39 is an amazing goal - I hope you get there! x

15/12/2011 at 15:27


I never need my arm twisting for a spot of chasing, it's where the name Choisty comes form, as Choisty was 50-1 outsider for the national I picked in a sweepstake, it won the virtual national in the indy, then fell at the first in the actually event.

The way I work for goals are main goal, stretch goal and perfect goal...mine this time around is main goal 2:45, stretch goal sub 2:40, perfect goal 2:38.  What that means is I will train for 2:38 and my pace will be based on that so that if on the day things don't quite go to plan I have a little bit in the reserve tank.

Also as I haven't run a marathon for a long time and since then I have taken 7mins off my 10mile time I think there is scope to improve by the required amount.

15/12/2011 at 16:07

As a clubmate of Lee I'm really pleased that he has been chosen for this.

We are a tiny club and don't have the coaching staff for Lee's level of performance even though the club is extremely successful.

Hopefully we will all be able to learn from Lee's experience.

However, I could add a few different things to his list of "achievements" .

Hope all goes well.


Edited: 15/12/2011 at 16:08
15/12/2011 at 16:21
Piers wrote (see)

However, I could add a few different things to his list of "achievements" .

Dish the filth Piers
15/12/2011 at 16:23
Choisty, what sort of mileage do you do a week currently,ie do you keep a diary? Also how do you structure your year, your training and your racing?
Your 2-01 for 20 looks promising for your targets next spring so did you train specifically for it or was it something you just went and did?
I take it you self coach and am trying to get a feel for how you train - is it structured or as you feel or somewhere in the middle?

As someone who aspires to your short distance times I'm simply interested as to how you've got them: by accident or design?
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