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14/12/2012 at 23:18

15/12/2012 at 00:58

What am I doing reading all of this at this time of the morning !!!

I pitched to get to bootcamp and like many got rejected without being told that I was rejected which made the rejection all the worse. But this rejection pales into insignificance compared to those who made it to voting.

I voted for all those who were regularly on the other thread from early days and was a little perplexed by the final outcome.

Having read all these pitches there are some great ones and I am wondering how I compete with them.

I love running. It keeps me sane and I have been out in the cold and dark these last few weeks putting the miles in.

I am using an Asics training plan but it is too slow for me. But is this where I am going wrong ? And what about speed training and nutrition and and and .....

Have not decided to pitch yet. I have run the VLM twice but not got under 4 hours.

I am running 5 miles consistently now in 38 minutes. Doing 10 miles tomorrow.

I would like to get under 3:45. I think I put 3:56 in my original pitch to that other crowd.

To pitch or not to pitch, that is most definitely the question .....

Will sleep on it and see what you good folk have to say.

15/12/2012 at 07:17
Sounds to me like you're a perfect candidate for the Forum 6 Carl. You know what you want, you're questioning your training and you've got a realistic target. In fact that's almost the perfect pitch above, just need a bit more background and some PBs.
15/12/2012 at 09:16

I think you've just pitched Carl. 

15/12/2012 at 19:39
Can I add why I'd like to be one of the 6 to my pitch:

1. My family are getting really bored hearing about my training and I'm only in week two. They start to yawn or change the subject ;(
2. I'm an enthusiastic newbie and tend to go too fast in training. I've read about going slower than marathon pace in long and easy runs but I think a little part of me is not convinced of the benefits.
3. I tend to over research and overanalyse things whether it be what hat to wear or what type of plan to go with so will be good to have the advice of experienced old timers.
4. I would really LOVE to do the VLM again next year, so for this reason I'd like to get a GFA time this year.
5. I think we can make this thread better, longer, more informative, more amusing than the Asics one
15/12/2012 at 19:43

ahh, who you calling an expereinced old timer LOL

seren nos    pirate
15/12/2012 at 19:45

Hi slowkoala. good pitch.can we have just a little bit more liong have you been running and what races have you done ... and what times did you get

15/12/2012 at 19:49
Nice addition Snowkoala!
15/12/2012 at 20:48
I saw Minni kissing Santa Claus wrote (see)
Sounds to me like you're a perfect candidate for the Forum 6 Carl. You know what you want, you're questioning your training and you've got a realistic target. In fact that's almost the perfect pitch above, just need a bit more background and some PBs.

Thanks for the encouragement. Just what is needed to get me to complete my pitch.

A bit of background on me.

My race history is as follows :

  1. VLM 2011 4:46:03 (Half 2:11:15)
  2. Royal Parks half 2011 1:47:01 PB
  3. Silverstone Half 2012 1:53:56 (Race had started when I got to start line !)
  4. VLM 2012 4:23:51 (Half 1:54:20) PB
  5. Bupa (London) 10k 2012 0:49:46 (5k 0:24:53)

My sports watch tells me that my fastest 5k and 10k are :

  1. 5k 0:23:05 PB
  2. 10k 0:46:43 PB

I started running a few years ago to get fit and then decided that I needed a target to keep me motivated which is why I started entering some 10k's.

Over dinner with some friends early in 2010 I said that I would run the VLM in 2011 for a charity that they were connected to. And the rest is history as they say. I have the bug.

My first marathon was not the best. The time is respectable for a first marathon but I carried an injury in and it was hard work getting to the finish line. The fact that so many people had sponsored me meant that I just had to keep going.

Coming out of that experinece I decided that I had to do it again as I wanted to get down to the 4 hour mark. I did not get a place in the ballot for the 2012 marathon so I ran for a charity.

I took the training seriously and trained 4 days per week. I kept a detailed spreadsheet. I was made redundant early in the year and one benefit was that this gave me the time to do the training. I have 3 kids, boy and 2 girls, now 9, nearly 7 and 5, so am kept rather busy in the evenings.

I felt really good on marathon day and started well but probably too fast. Disaster struck on mile 8/9 when I went over on a discarded lucozade bottle. Again as I extracted money from people I kept going to the finish but faded as the face went on. Remember one chap saying to me to keep moving. If looks could kill, he would be no longer ...

I love running in the open. It allows me time to think and I treat it as my time. I hate running on treadmills. They are so monotonous.

After London this year I set myself a goal of running the other major marathons; Paris, Berlin, New York, Chicago and Boston.

My wife thinks I am crazy and maybe I am.

I entered Paris before I heard about Asics 26.2. But having followed the thread I realised that there are so many experienced runners willing to help people on the forums here, that being part of Asics 26.2 is not the be all and end all. The free kit would have helped.

Why do I want to be one of the RW Forum 6 ?

I need the help. I set up an Asics training plan based on my PB data and it came back with a 4:06:00 target time.

I know I can do better than that. I have been running 3 times a week since 23rd October and have clocked up 136 miles so far. When the plan tells me to run a fast pace of 8:35 - 9:00 per mile I am doing it at 7.30 - 7:45 per mile and whilst I am working hard I am enjoying it. I have been doing this type of thing now consistently for the last 4-5 weeks.

So I need a new plan but what should it be ?

It would be great to turn up in Paris and to compete against the competition.

That's me.



15/12/2012 at 20:51

Carl - good luck always -

15/12/2012 at 20:56


I have run 146 miles since October 23rd. Forgot about 10 miles done today ( a comfortable run according to my plan) in 1:22:03.

Another bit of info. In my drive to get faster I have shed 17lbs since early October to get down to my ideal running weight which is just over 12st.

15/12/2012 at 21:10
Seren, I posted a quick pitch a couple of days ago but wanted to add to it!

Only ever done three 10k races and one 10 miler, all this year. Best 10k time is 44m 45s and 10 miler was 1h 13mins. Been running just under 2 years. Have some races booked for 2013:

Brighton HM in Feb
VLM in April
BUPA 10k in May

Also hoping to do Finchley 20 in March as part of VLM training.
15/12/2012 at 21:15

SK - times are good - things will come together in time with fitness

15/12/2012 at 21:15
Carl - brilliant!

Christmas Eve is going to be like Christmas Day on here.
15/12/2012 at 21:51

Looking forward to it. Going to be tough decision for the judges whoever they are.

15/12/2012 at 21:53

Hello, I have been following this thread deliberating about what to say so here goes...

I started running nearly 3 years ago after being inspired by my sister and a friend running the London marathon, I was approaching the big 40 and thought I would give it a go, the next year, 2011, I completed the London marathon in 4:24.

Now I am well and truly hooked on running and have improved on my 5k, 10k and half marathon times and would love to run sub 3:50 to get a GFA place at London. I have a place in the Brighton marathon next year.

My current PB's suggest I should be able to achieve this however I seem to favour the shorter distances so I really need some help and advice to improve my times over the longer distances.
5k 21:48
10k 45:32
Half marathon 1:45:38
These times have all been set in the last 3 months.

I have just started following the Hal Higdon Intermediate 2 plan including a parkrun most weeks and a pilates or body balance class.

I enjoy challenging myself and when I set myself a target will do what it takes to achieve it, I am very determined but need the right advice and support to help me reach my goal.

There seem to be a few of us chasing the same goal, maybe we could share a mentor

16/12/2012 at 06:20

I've been watching this with interest; I knew I was slow but I'm beginning to think I'm the slowest . For me the challenge now is upping my mileage again after my knee problems and stepping up the pace a bit.


Time for a run I think .

16/12/2012 at 07:21

If people are adding to their pitches, I'll just have a quick go to tug at the heart strings......

I was born with a degenerative, ultimately fatal condition that I wasn't aware of until I was in my thirties.  At first the symptoms were mild.  I found that I was getting larger around the middle and slower, but it didn't seem so severe.  

Subsequently things have gotten worse.  The physical symptoms have included aching limbs, back pain and varicose veins.  Mental problems include an inability to recall my wedding anniversary until it's a day too late.

Doctor's have diagnosed the condition as aging and the prognosis isn't good.  At best I have fifty years to go on degenerating.  At worse.... well let's just say that there is no telling how much time there is left to become part of the Forum 6.  Just don't leave it until it's too late! 

16/12/2012 at 07:40


16/12/2012 at 07:55
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