Target 26.2 - First Timer Steve's Journey to Paris

Long runs, speed sessions... and a pair of rather tight leggings.

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11/03/2013 at 13:22
Hi Kandinsky, shame you can't make the test event, but perhaps u can pop along when its up and running. Official launch is 6th April.
Yes do say hello on the Halstead thread. Only a few of us, but all enthusiastic

Good luck in the Brentwood Half. I have Colchester Half this Sunday
11/03/2013 at 19:15
Hi Steve, first time I've logged on in a while and really good to see that you've been able to get back out running, albeit that its a bit tentative for the moment. I appreciate that the times and distances won't be quite as good as what you were doing a few weeks back but to echo some of the other posts on your thread, your progress has been phenomenal so keep that positivity going as I'm sure it will help your recovery and get you back to your best sooner rather than later.

You asked if I had any other races planned - I'm doing the Colchester half this Sunday. I'm hoping to break 4hours for Brighton so I think for the half I'm going try and stick to even pacing at 9mins per mile for the half. My pacing is normally all other the place but yours always seems so exact - how do you do it?!

Keep smiling!
11/03/2013 at 20:00

Hi Steve,

I echo PC91 & Kaninsky posts - really nice and constructive posts. Really willing this knee to make a full recovery.

Keep positive (and icing)

 

12/03/2013 at 06:55
Angela Isherwood 2 wrote (see)
Hi Kandinsky, shame you can't make the test event, but perhaps u can pop along when its up and running. Official launch is 6th April.
Yes do say hello on the Halstead thread. Only a few of us, but all enthusiastic

Good luck in the Brentwood Half. I have Colchester Half this Sunday

I was trying to choose between the two but ultimately went for Brentwood becasue the start/finish was just a couple of hundred yards from where I used to live and I remember what it used to be like when the Sugar Hut was still the White Hart and before the vajazzles invaded

12/03/2013 at 21:08

Hi Steve

This is my first post on the forum and if you ever wanted a third carreer (after law and athletics) I think you make a great writer, maybe you should turn this experience into a book with all the highs and lows it could even be a mini series on TV

Who would you get to play you and the other main characters?

I only found this thread on Sunday and have been zooming through it. I decided to follow your forum as I was in a similar to you on the experience front. My goal is a couple of half marathons in the autumn (Windsor and Royal Parks) which are on back to back weekends - am i crazy?!

My main conundrum at the minute is that I have a few short races planned over the summer against colleagues so although the HM has to come first I need to keep my speed going.

 

I really home this story has a happy ending and that your knee holds up over the 26.2

 

PS I am a big fan of sweet potatoes too!

12/03/2013 at 22:55
A.W wrote (see)
Hey Steve,

Where do these pictures keep cropping up from, seen a couple Ady posted too?? Not seen any of these, guessing they're the ones the photographer was taking on training day?

Hi Alex,

Yes, they are the ones from training day two and they are here along with the video from training day two... I'm not in the video much as I missed the track session and spent half the day on the Physio table!

12/03/2013 at 22:58
Kandinsky wrote (see)
Angela Isherwood 2 wrote (see)
Hi Steve,
Wow, your local history knowledge is impressive
Yes Kandinsky of course is very welcome to the Colchester Park run test event . Do I need to repost all the deets?
I'll be practising by volunteering at the Ipswich park run this Saturday... D'oh.... Suffolk....

Thanks and great work Angela, we've been crying out for Essex Parkruns for ages and soon we're going to be spoilt for choice!

Unfortunately that's the same day as the Brentwood Half Marathon so I won't be able to make the test event however my Sister in law is Colchester based so I'll try and push them in your direction!

Of course if I don't make it up to you beforehand you can keep an eye out for me wheezing my way around Halstead on May 12th (note to self must pop into that thread and say hello)!

Best of luck with Halstead Kandinsky - I'll definitely run that one next year if I don't get into VLM

As for the parkruns, it's great to know that we now have Southend, Chelmsford, Colchester... spoilt for choice indeed! My son really wants to run a parkrun so looking forward to doing one (and hopefully lots more!) with him.

12/03/2013 at 22:59
Angela Isherwood 2 wrote (see)
Hi Kandinsky, shame you can't make the test event, but perhaps u can pop along when its up and running. Official launch is 6th April.
Yes do say hello on the Halstead thread. Only a few of us, but all enthusiastic

Good luck in the Brentwood Half. I have Colchester Half this Sunday

Hi Angela,

Hope the Colchester half goes well - what sort of time are you aiming for? Is it another course that runs around the castle grounds?

12/03/2013 at 23:09
PAUL FORDE wrote (see)
Hi Steve, first time I've logged on in a while and really good to see that you've been able to get back out running, albeit that its a bit tentative for the moment. I appreciate that the times and distances won't be quite as good as what you were doing a few weeks back but to echo some of the other posts on your thread, your progress has been phenomenal so keep that positivity going as I'm sure it will help your recovery and get you back to your best sooner rather than later.

You asked if I had any other races planned - I'm doing the Colchester half this Sunday. I'm hoping to break 4hours for Brighton so I think for the half I'm going try and stick to even pacing at 9mins per mile for the half. My pacing is normally all other the place but yours always seems so exact - how do you do it?!

Keep smiling!

Hi Paul,

Good to hear from you - I've enjoyed sharing our training stories!

Yes, the half is a great chance to try out marathon pacing and really nail what it feels like to run at that pace for an extended period. On training day two, we ran one mile out and one mile back at goal marathon pace and then they TOOK OUR GARMINS AWAY (!!) and made us do the same off the back of our own judgement.

Talk about terrifying when Sam Murphy is watching...

But that is the whole point - I rely so heavily on the watch to regulate my pace when I am out on a run that what would I do if it didn't work for whatever reason on race day? The simple answer is: panic!

But I actually got through that session a lot better than I thought and ran it very close to goal pace, which surprised me (especially as I have a penchant for... exceeding my paces every now and then. I think I must just enjoy Sam telling me off - it's the only logical explanation!). So I think I must take more notice of how it "feels" to run at a certain pace than I thought I did!

As for how I keep them consistent, I did at first have the watch set for current pace and, yes, it is really hard to keep it bang on the whole way round...  but now I have the pace on the watch set for each lap and set a lap as one mile, so the pace shows as what I am running for each particular mile of the run. It jumps around a lot less and seems to be a bit more consistent so it works very well for me and allows me to keep close to the pace I am supposed to be running at.

Do you use a GPS watch?

12/03/2013 at 23:15
RUTH MCKEAN wrote (see)

Hi Steve,

I echo PC91 & Kaninsky posts - really nice and constructive posts. Really willing this knee to make a full recovery.

Keep positive (and icing)

 

Hi Ruth,

Yes, I've had some amazing constructive posts that have really helped to keep me smiling and keep me positive.

At the end of the day, going to Paris is going to be amazing and I am in the "first timer" category - whether I get round in 3 hours (that'd freak Alex out, wouldn't it?) or 7 hours, it doesn't matter as long as I finish with a smile on my face.

As Kandinsky and I have discussed, we are both the kind of people who set ourselves really high benchmarks and maybe put more pressure on ourselves than we need to... but we obviously enjoy that pressure, otherwise we wouldn't do it!

But, really and truly, to finish the marathon is what it is all about and the support I have had from you guys at Runners World and from everyone on this forum has been out of this world.

12/03/2013 at 23:19
Kandinsky wrote (see)

I was trying to choose between the two but ultimately went for Brentwood becasue the start/finish was just a couple of hundred yards from where I used to live and I remember what it used to be like when the Sugar Hut was still the White Hart and before the vajazzles invaded

Kandinsky,

I'm not quite sure how to break this to you...

You know I work for a law firm...?

You know we're based in Essex...?

You know we specialise in alcohol and entertainment licensing law...?

Um... we act for Sugar Hut and got them their late licence in 2011  so you can blame the  vajazzle invasion on us!

Edited: 12/03/2013 at 23:19
12/03/2013 at 23:34
Hahaha!!!!
12/03/2013 at 23:41
Edited: 12/03/2013 at 23:43
13/03/2013 at 06:19
Steve loves bacon wrote (see)

Um... we act for Sugar Hut and got them their late licence in 2011  so you can blame the  vajazzle invasion on us!


I opted for a tactical withdrawal not long after Coffee Bars and Tanning Salons outnumbered (proper) pubs in Brentwood high street.

Does that mean you can also claim credit for getting Kevin Bacon to say Tots Amazeballs on TV?

13/03/2013 at 19:01
Hi Steve, the Colchester half course goes along the high street, so vaguely passes the castle, but no, not in the park. I'm aiming for sub 1.57, but I think I can go faster. Did 5 miles today-put some race pace in, but that was 8:30, whereas a 1:57 needs an 8:56, so I have a pacing plan.

Starting at 8:56 for the first 5 miles, then see if I can take it up to 8:45 for the next 5, then go mad for the last 3...
13/03/2013 at 19:15
Angela - that sounds like a plan. If the Colchester park run succeeds I'll run it in the summer when I'm down that way at my caravan. Only 60 days to Halstead! Went to track tonight for first time this year. Did 9 miles with 6 x 800 all inside 3:13 so on track.

Kandinsky - another Halstead entrant on here. Excellent!
13/03/2013 at 23:12
Hi Steve,

It's easy to give advice, might not follow it myself. I presume you aware of the RW and Macmillan calculators however there are no parameters for experience, fueling, injury (you), stupidity (me) nor the weather.

Whatever Sam suggests, she'll push you to the limit with the least risk possible. Don't worry, you're going to suffer but with a good time.

My half suggests 3h45, I plan to aim close to that which is very risky, borderline stupid. If I'm wrong then I'll could be walking home in 4h30. I'll probably change my mind 50 times before the day and a few more times before 8:45am.

All this parkrun talk sounds fun. Your son wants to follow in your footsteps? He knows that they are very fast footsteps? Jack loves bacon! Will Jack be coming to Paris? My eldest is only 3, I would love her to watch me but waiting around is not fair. I dreamt of meeting her just before the finish and carrying her in my arms as I cross the line. Once after a LSR I carried her up the stairs which ended that dream.

Hope the knee is feeling better. All the best
14/03/2013 at 13:08

Hi Steve

Knee feeling any better? In response to your question, I did recently get myself a Garmin 410 but am still in the process of leaving how to use it properly. Colchester half may now now not happen for me, slight knee niggles myself and this close to Brighton (one month today!) I think I may be better off with a few days rest but we'll see.

Paul

15/03/2013 at 11:43

 

You seem postive so that is good!

Just for infor really but have restaurant booked for Friday 5th April:

Al  Caratello (5 rue Audran, 75018) a few minutes walk from hotel but remember not eating until probably 9.30pm  so will need to eat something at say 6pm and will not need  supper but will discuss these  details more over next few weeks. You are eating at 6.30pm on the Saturday night.

Feel free to have a look at reviews:

 http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d788378-Reviews-Ristorante_Al_Caratello-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

No specific menu organized so will have to choose from menu.

Keep

15/03/2013 at 13:09

Stevo - hope the knee is recovering well. Had any more runs on it yet. Really hope it clears up for you before the big day. 

Great training day 2 video by the way. Just unfortunate you couldn't do much of the running. 

What's the latest rehab plan going into the final 3 weeks? And have you had that scan yet?

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