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08/12/2012 at 10:18

As another past mentor (also not doing it this year) I can heartily recommend this

Vanessa - would I be right in thinking you are somewhere in the MK area?

08/12/2012 at 10:36

Hi Bridget, Yes I live right by Willen Lake in MK so I'm very luckky to have fab running routes on my doorstep.

08/12/2012 at 11:03

Do you parkrun then?

08/12/2012 at 11:15

I do when I can although with teenagers I often end up spending the weekends as an unpaid taxi service so I just squeeze in a run around family stuff. Do you run in MK?

08/12/2012 at 13:50

I now wish I was running a spring mara- but actually I've entered a double mara in april instead- I presume that excludes me?

Some great pitches already!

seren nos    pirate
08/12/2012 at 13:53

what double marathon is that tric

08/12/2012 at 14:12
Hi Vanessa, I've a friend who walked to base camp, she lost a stone in weight and hearing her stories it wasn't the easy option at all. I would love to do it but I don't think I could handle the temperature!

Some great pitches to to read.
08/12/2012 at 14:14

I have a friend who held the record for running to base camp for many years until it was recently broken by Lizzie Hawker.

08/12/2012 at 14:55

On our way back from Base Camp to Lukla we were overtaken by the Everest Ultra runners - the winner ran in 5 hours 7 minutes what took us 2 1/2 days to walk .

They must train heavily at altitude.

08/12/2012 at 16:31

Glasgow to Edinburgh Double- along the forth and clyde canal- it's a new distance for me- my longest so far has been 40 miles ( well, 41.5, 'cos I got lost). It clashes with the Lochaber marathon, which I usually do in spring, but hey, you have to try these things, don't you!

08/12/2012 at 18:16
Hi tricialitt, My dad use to like doing the two bridges road race in Scotland, although I don't think it exists any more?..
08/12/2012 at 18:16
5 hrs 7 mins is bloody impressive, wow!
M...eldy    pirate
08/12/2012 at 18:58

Goodness, any more pitches and i'll have to find some more mentors!!

Keep pitching folks   

Edited: 08/12/2012 at 18:58
08/12/2012 at 19:27

Good luck to all that enter, I may throw my hat in the ring next year as I wouldn't be ready for a spring marathon, an autumn one might be plausible if I can get a strong enough base in place before June.

08/12/2012 at 20:27

Thought I had better pitch seeing as I am running my first Marathon in April

Marathon Entered: Manchester Marathon in April (proof of entry can be provided)

Target: sub 2:55 maybe even sub 2:50 we shall see……

My power of 10 profile -

As you can see from my PO10 profile I haven’t run a Marathon yet, but I have been involved in club running for a bit over two and a half years now.  So I am coming at this as a Marathon novice. I do have some ideas about how I want to approach training. In fact the geek in me has already written a schedule, to me this is the beauty of this particular process, it’s about working with a mentor to bounce ideas off, but the approach is still my own. What I hope to get from the process is to create some decent training chat, especially aimed at the first time Marathoner who is reasonably ambitious. I am sure there will be mistakes a plenty and it’s these mistakes (as well as a few triumphs I hope) that will make a thread tick and provide the talking points.   
I lurked on Martin and Gobi’s thread a couple of years ago found that particularly useful, I want to be part of a thread as successful as that was.
Those that know me from my regular thread haunts (waves at Minni) will know I am no-nonsense kind of guy; I will post up the good with the bad and don’t mind some decent banter as we go along.

A bit of background:
Sporty as a kid, hit my 20s got drunk, smoked and eventually got fat. As a new year’s resolution in 2010 I decided to lose some weight, so started dieting, running with folks at work over lunchtime and bike rides on a weekend. This worked pretty well and I shed a couple of stones fairly quickly. In April 2010 I was persuaded to run a local league race for my work running club. Well what do you know, I enjoyed it. So a month later I did another then another and thought to myself “if I’m going do this properly I need learn how to train properly” so I ended up posting on Runners World and joined my local running club. In August 2010 I ran my first proper race, the Ray Harrison Memorial 10k in Billingham, I ran it in 43:11 and I was hooked.  Check out my PO10 to see how I have come on since then.

Other stuff:
I am 34, I am married with a little boy who is 20 months old! Mrs YD isn’t a runner but is pretty supportive, though I do have to negotiate to get races in. As long as I do things like run on a morning before work, or at lunchtime to minimise impact on family she doesn’t complain too much.  So I think part of the challenge for me will be time management as I look to increase the training load. Nothing unusual or special in that, but particularly relevant to plenty on these boards I would have thought.

If it helps me get a spot I can post up fat pictures from pre 2010

Edited: 08/12/2012 at 20:28
08/12/2012 at 20:58

Great pitch and some very impressive times there YD 

08/12/2012 at 21:24
Thanks Keir, not too shabby yourself
08/12/2012 at 21:34

Hello YD!  Great pitch and yes I can confirm you are a no-nonsense kind of guy who readily shares the highs and lows (not too many of those though) of your training.  I didn't know all your history and that makes your times even more impressive.  All good stuff.  One thing though - I'm sure you've told a lie in there.  There's no way you are 34 !  When I was chatting to you a couple of weeks ago I was thinking, 'I'm old enough to be this boy's mother'!!

08/12/2012 at 21:39
You're too kind Minni, the Cheque is in the post
08/12/2012 at 22:26

wishing all well

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