Vote Clive ASICS 26.2

Target 26.2 'Busy Lifestyle' public thread

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05/12/2012 at 16:34
I have had the privilege and honour to be selected for the public vote in the 'busy lifestyle' category. This is the start of my thread to let you quiz me, and hopefully persuade you to vote for me! I'm a 41 year old Scot living in Sheffield with my family (wife and 2 sons aged 6 & 8). I have only been running for the last 3 years, but like having kids it's hard to imagine life without it. I ran track when I was at school, but then gave it up to play rugby and American football, and then did pretty much nothing after leaving Uni. Work then took over, and My fitness suffered. 3 years ago we went to Sydney for my wife was working for a year and as I was going to be looking after the boys I knew that I would be able to try and get fit again. I entered City2Surf, told everyone I was going to do it, and the rest is history. I was hooked, and then started training with some Dads I met through school. I did the 1/2 and then the seed for doing a marathon was sewn. I work as a Consultant Surgeon, with an interest in upper Gi cancer (stomach and gullet). This can be very stressful, and certainly the surgery is very demanding (6-7 hours). Running is the perfect release valve as it keeps me physically fit, but also an outlet for me to collect my thoughts, relieve the tension and get the 'burn' if needed! Fitting in marathon training round school runs, kids parties/activities, work and seeing my wife is hard but it is worth it- anyone who runs knows what it does for your well being, mental and physical.... I hope that you will vote for me so that I can have the opportunity to have the best support and help to get through Paris. The chance to share the journey with everyone is really exciting and can't wait for the chat to start! Thanks for reading this, and look forward to the questions... Cheers Clive
seren nos    pirate
05/12/2012 at 16:38

Hi Clive

My son wants to be a surgeon....but he has to get an offer and the grades before he can start on the long journey.....

 

 what kind of training do you do at the moment in an average week

05/12/2012 at 16:40
Sorry about above being hard to read- it was typed as paragraphs... Is this easier??


I have had the privilege and honour to be selected for the public vote in the 'busy lifestyle' category. This is the start of my thread to let you quiz me, and hopefully persuade you to vote for me!


I'm a 41 year old Scot living in Sheffield with my family (wife and 2 sons aged 6 & 8). I have only been running for the last 3 years, but like having kids it's hard to imagine life without it. I ran track when I was at school, but then gave it up to play rugby and American football, and then did pretty much nothing after leaving Uni. Work then took over, and My fitness suffered.


3 years ago we went to Sydney for my wife was working for a year and as I was going to be looking after the boys I knew that I would be able to try and get fit again. I entered City2Surf, told everyone I was going to do it, and the rest is history. I was hooked, and then started training with some Dads I met through school. I did the 1/2 and then the seed for doing a marathon was sewn.


I work as a Consultant Surgeon, with an interest in upper Gi cancer (stomach and gullet). This can be very stressful, and certainly the surgery is very demanding (6-7 hours). Running is the perfect release valve as it keeps me physically fit, but also an outlet for me to collect my thoughts, relieve the tension and get the 'burn' if needed!


Fitting in marathon training round school runs, kids parties/activities, work and seeing my wife is hard but it is worth it- anyone who runs knows what it does for your well being, mental and physical....


I hope that you will vote for me so that I can have the opportunity to have the best support and help to get through Paris. The chance to share the journey with everyone is really exciting and can't wait for the chat to start! Thanks for reading this, and look forward to the questions...


Cheers Clive
05/12/2012 at 16:47
Hi Seren

I run 4-5 times a week, and when not in a training programme do about 20-25 miles a week. I like to do one longish run, an easy run and either a tempo or tempo intervals session too

If your son wants to be a surgeon go for it! Working in the Nhs isn't what it used to be but it is such a fulfilling job, and being able to 'cure' somebody by doing an operation/ procedure with your own hands is indescribable. I hope it doesn't sound arrogant or egotistical 'cos it isn't; I think it is better than giving someone a tablet!

Btw your advice in the last few Days been great
05/12/2012 at 16:47

Has anyone asked you about marmite yet?  But seriously good luck winning that place.  Have the ASICs team given  you your plan yet and when does it start, pre or post Xmas?

05/12/2012 at 16:53
Hi JF50

Thanks for the good wishes!Not been asked directly but it was going about on the forum yesterday... Sorry, but can't stand the stuff! Harder at home as my wife and kids love it

We haven't seen any plans and I assume it is only for those who win that get them. I think we are supposed to start on 17 December....

I used 12 week plan for the two marathons so far, and they seemed to work
05/12/2012 at 17:13

There will be a stack of people starting that day, lots of people on here following the P&D 18 week plans for London.  Will be interesting to see how they compare. Reading your info on the site I am surprised you are not targeting 3.15 more specifically as it would give you a GFA in London next year, any reason?

05/12/2012 at 17:28
I didn't realise that is all I needed for GFA VLM to be honest. I trained at 3:15-20 pace last time and think if I went off less slowly could get nearer it. 3:15 would give me a Boston time tho'

To be honest I feel a bit like an imposter as I am new to all this so really just finding my way- all advice much appreciated!
05/12/2012 at 20:52

Clive - my wife used to work for the Royal College of Surgeons.

I asked if she knew you and she told me you "weren't one of hers". I accepted this at the time to mean that she had no professional dealings with you but the suspicious husband in me is wondering whether she was hinting at something entirely different.

If you've heard of any underhand goings on with an ex empoloyee of Welsh origin at the RCS I expect you to let me know immediately! 

05/12/2012 at 22:12

Malcs- I'll take that as a compliment! I'm a fellow of the oldest College (edinburgh) so that'll will be why. All inverted snobbery about which college is the most important! As well as the birthright issue!

05/12/2012 at 22:47

 Malcs  - you do make me laugh. I suspect Clive has used those excuses before when he's on the ropes!

Keep up the entertainment folks

05/12/2012 at 23:20

Is it (a) possible, or (b) likely that a Hiatus Hernia could be missed when performing a  gastroscopy on a patient being examined for potential cancer of the oesophagus?

06/12/2012 at 11:35

Clive- Good luck for this competition. What 12 week programme did you follow for  the Berlin marathon? Was it the same programme as your first marathon? I did two marathons this year 3:29(London) and 3:21(Chester). I'm concentrating on shorter distances between now and Spring and then hopefully will get a place in the Abingdon marathon, October 2013 and go sub 3:15! It will be interesting to see what other training runs the coaches set you.

06/12/2012 at 11:52
Tenjiso wrote (see)

Is it (a) possible, or (b) likely that a Hiatus Hernia could be missed when performing a  gastroscopy on a patient being examined for potential cancer of the oesophagus?

 

Tenjiso wrote (see)

Is it (a) possible, or (b) likely that a Hiatus Hernia could be missed when performing a  gastroscopy on a patient being examined for potential cancer of the oesophagus?

Certainly it is possible, but unless it is small I would hope most endoscopists would pick it up.. I have an interest (I know, need to get out more) in hiatus hernias so am more likely to pick them up than most

06/12/2012 at 11:56

Gazelle- Thanks for the good wishes! I used the same programme for them both. It was a customised programme from Greg Mcmilllan (www.mcmillanrunning.com), and cost about £50. I ran 4-5 times a week, max 45miles/week. Worth looking at his website, especially the pace calculator. Happy to email a copy if you wish?

With those times you should easily be able to get 3:15! Best of luck

06/12/2012 at 12:01

Thanks for that Clive.  I have an interest too, but for personal reasons 

I have an endoscopy report that says I don't have Hiatus Hernia, but the consultant who reviewed my case is pretty convinced they have missed it.  I have disparate symptoms going back nearly ten years that would all be explained if he is right.

P.S. You don't do knees too, do you? 

Edited: 06/12/2012 at 12:02
06/12/2012 at 12:16

tenjiso- I agree if the symptoms fit. Happy to give a second opinion if you want (i'm in doncaster??)

Don't do knees but know a man who can

06/12/2012 at 12:44

I'll be seeing the consultant again next February.  I assume he is going to duke it out with the endoscopist in the carpark.  If I need another endoscopy, I'm going to opt to be put to sleep next time!  Not the most pleasant experience   I hope he is right, though, because the problem can then be fixed!

Good luck BTW.  I hear you're in some sort of competition 

06/12/2012 at 17:09

This looks like it could make you a fortune in referrals Clive on this site.  In fact there must be a business venture here somewhere

06/12/2012 at 19:24
Tenjiso- thanks for kind words. Hard to believe we've all got so wrapped up in the competition! Would love to win, but everyone else is just as deserving and will be right behind the winning 5 whoever. Experience has been great so far

JF50- I hope your right!! Will it get me enough votes tho??? Maybe Dragins Den should be next stop
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