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10/12/2012 at 21:08

In an effort to better Tenjiso I am currently drafting my six year plan..... 

10/12/2012 at 21:23
Iklebutn Miles - I used to be obsessed with koalas as a child and had a collection of about 50 of them, (soft toy ones, not real), all with names. I don't think real koalas can ever be fast as spent most of the day asleep in a stoned like state.
10/12/2012 at 21:23
Spoons. wrote (see)

In an effort to better Tenjiso I am currently drafting my six year plan..... 

but..... my five year plan is going to take at least ten years at the rate I'm going.


10/12/2012 at 22:47

Some brilliant pitched have been made, I have to agree Tenjiso pitch is my favorite so far, who ever the six are I'm going to enjoy folowing the threads this winter, I'm hoping to pick up some tips for the Autumn

11/12/2012 at 06:45

I like Emmy's pitch too. Multiple marathon running. That will be a bit different to the norm.

11/12/2012 at 06:55
Not unlike yourself Spoons!
seren nos    pirate
11/12/2012 at 07:14

anymore out there........definitely short in the slower runners.these sloew ones are too fast


Dubai Dave    pirate
11/12/2012 at 07:19

Nice pitches folks, the mentors will need to be on their toes this year

11/12/2012 at 07:25
Spoons. wrote (see)

I like Emmy's pitch too. Multiple marathon running. That will be a bit different to the norm.

I forgot to mention that I have a 'plan' with Shades being the focus and adding in some P&D sessions.... but I have the thing where I need help is if the plan says: run 10 miles hard - i'll run 10 miles hard when maybe I shouldn't (ill, overtired etc).... So it's adding in a voice of reason

11/12/2012 at 09:22

OK, here goes.

Basically, I have no idea what I’m doing and I need help. This time last year I was a 44 year old fat bloke who started running to lose weight. 2 stone lighter my main reason for running has changed from weight loss to enjoyment and the challenges it brings. This change occurred at the time when I got my lovely little ball of fluff Springer spaniel puppy called Harvey (some of you may have noticed on another thread that Harvey has had a life saving operation after his bowel and stomach ruptured and is now laid up with a cruciate knee ligament injury so cant go out for walks I’m not going for the sympathy vote, honest but pictures of the little chap are available if you would like to see him). We started going for walks in the Peak District and I thought it would be nice to go running out there. Then I became hooked and now I try and go for a run in the Peaks as often as possible. For example, last Saturday I did 11 miles in 6-8 inches of snow and ice and I loved it. That should hopefully demonstrate to you that I am not a fair weather runner and will do my training regardless. After posting some questions on this website people gave me some great advice in my preparation up to my first ever race, the Clowne half marathon. My training used to consist of running as fast and as hard as I could on every run I went out on as I didn’t know any better. Obviously, this left me feeling drained all the time but with the forumites help and guidance I smashed my 2:00 target to come in at 1:47.

So, I have got races booked in for next year but looking at my schedule I sometimes wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew: Liversedge HM, Grindleford Gallop (22 miles trail race), Sheffield HM, Howgills UltraTrail26, Lake Coniston FM, York 10k, Belper Rugby Rover (19 mile trail race) and the Ladybower 50 ultra. I also have a place in the Manchester marathon and that is to be my A race and main focus.

Nuttition could possibly be an area in which I could improve; currently, my pre-race food is a doner kebab, I take on Magners liquids during a run and my post race snack is a chicken madras.

So, with my ridiculous approach to training plus my diary for next year I am determined to finish every one of those races and have plenty of fun along the way. A mentor would go along way to helping me achieve this as I think I have set myself a very challenging year and will probably struggle and/or burnout if I am not properly organised. I have seen the Hal Higdon Advances 2 training plan and this has been plotted into my spreadsheet (I’m afraid I’m anal when it comes to spreadsheets !) but there have been many changes to it already so advice is certainly needed there.

So, that’s my pitch, please vote for me. Please. Go on, go on, go on, go on. Stop begging man……Anyway, I am off to start my eleven year training plan now.

Enough of my ramblings, I am off to make lots of money for charities, I have an appointment this morning  to donate a kidney and I can see an old lady who needs help to cross the road.

Good luck to one and all and happy running to everyone.

11/12/2012 at 12:52
I bet she didn't even want to cross the road...
11/12/2012 at 12:53

I thought she was a chicken...

M...eldy    pirate
11/12/2012 at 20:56

6 days left   

11/12/2012 at 22:01

6 days   that means its almost Christmas!

12/12/2012 at 00:03

I'm slow! Although I've done 5 marathons, I've not actually run one. I entered for London in 2007 for a charity after having a life-saving operation and liked it. So I did more, until January this year when I stopped smoking, joined a running club and started running.


Unfortunately, I started training a little too late for London this year, as my knee fell off at mile 12 (existing knee issues since the age of 11) and I cried the remaining miles, finishing in 5:35 (still a PB). Then I entered for the Liverpool Marathon in October of this year, intending to do it with a friend who'd lost loads of weight and just wanted to walk it. She didn't turn up, so I thought I'd give it a go, despite running a grand total of 7 miles per week since April.


Liverpool must be easier , as I did it in 5:29 (a PB again). I've got a place in London again for 2013 and, whilst I've bandied around a slightly optimistic sub-4 (ha!), I believe that if I can do 5:29 with a long run of 4 miles each week, I can certainly do 4:30.


I currently run four times a week (about 4 on Monday, a speed session with my running club on Wednesday, a hilly parkrun on Saturday and a longer run - 7.5 miles currently - on Sunday). I'm about to start on the Shades marathon plan. My best 5k time is 26:57, my 10k is 1:03 (trail and very hilly) and I'm yet to do a half. And you know my crappy marathon times.


I want to do better and I know that I have more in me.

12/12/2012 at 06:23

So many worthy people to do this...Go Nykie! 


12/12/2012 at 07:56
Chuffin 'ell Carter, I feel knackered just reading that.
seren nos    pirate
12/12/2012 at 08:08

Carter.I see you listed Januarys races.what will you be doing the rest of the year 

seren nos    pirate
12/12/2012 at 08:09

good pitch nykie

12/12/2012 at 08:46

Thanks  I meant to say last night that, Carter - I for one don't want to see pictures of your 'little chap'

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