Vote for sills

in the Asics Target 26.2 GFA Catagory

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05/12/2012 at 14:18

Please vote for sills in the Good for Age category of the Asics Target 26.2 competition

I'm pretty new to running, having taken it up in 2011 after hanging up my football boots. Signing up for my local half marathon (Reading), was the catalist for everything to come, and after running 1:32:44 I set myself the target of running a sub 40min 10k. I duly acomplished this in Thame with a sprint for the line and a 39:59 finish! For the 2012 Reading HM I set myself the goal of for breaking 90 mins and I finished in 88:01.

All the above has been acheived with very little sophistication, 2-3 similar sessions a week with a weekly mileage of 15-25 miles, and I have been fortunate enough to be able to acheive some great times. 

With the London Marathon always having been on the list of things to do, and it getting increasingly difficult to get a place, my next goal is to run a GFA qualifying time (sub 3:10). Whilst my 10k and HM times indicate this is acheivable, I know that training for the full 26.2 is a completely different beast.

With it being my first marathon & going for a pretty quick time, I know that there's a steep learning curve ahead. I'm hoping that with the guidance of the Target 26.2 team, I can acheive my goals of running a 3 hour marathon in Paris and qualifying for London and I'm excited about the prospect of sharing these experiences with everyone on these forums.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and feel free to post any questions you may have.


Edited: 05/12/2012 at 14:26
seren nos    pirate
05/12/2012 at 14:28

Hi definitely have some natural talent there........

 you have rarely posted in the forumbefore the competition...........what stopped you

05/12/2012 at 15:17

Thanks seern nos

To be honest with you, I haven't had the motivation to. Running has always been a personal thing to me...I find putting my trainers on after a long day at work pretty theraputic and a bit of an escape from the hecticness of life. So when I spend a lot of time in front of a computer with work, I haven't had the desire to spend the spare time I do have in the forums.

05/12/2012 at 15:18

I guess I also haven't felt like I've had much to contribute, but hopefully that's about to change 

Edited: 05/12/2012 at 15:30
05/12/2012 at 16:54

Sills do you find the Forums a bit demotivating then, that it is a place you won't learn anything useful?  Do you think photos or avatars on profiles adds a bit of personality to the poster or ust not necessary?

05/12/2012 at 17:17

Not at all demotivating JF50, just a case of balancing priorities. 

The Target 26.2 experience so far has certainly opened my eyes as to the sheer amount of experience and activity within the RW community and as I start to take my runnning more seriously the forums are no doubt going to be an incredibly valuable source of advice and motivation.

Photo should be up soon

05/12/2012 at 18:00

Just a quick list of some of the things I know I am going to need help with (in no specific order):

  • Motivation for the 5am starts - the only way I'm going to fit the miles into an already packed week
  • Nutrition - I spend a lot of time on the road with work and have developed a love of garage sandwiches, crips & chocloate! Any budding chefs out there...wholesome homemade lunch suggestions would be very welcome!
  • How to safely build up milage to the level required to do a quick marathon without injury
  • Fuelling during a race - never taken on anything other than water/isotonic sports drink during a race
  • Core strength - something I've never paid any attention to so keen to work on this to make sure form is as good in the last miles as it is in the first
  • Mental tricks to help focus (26.2 miles is a long way!) 
I'm sure there'll be a lot more than this but looking forward to learning from everyone else's experiences as I start exploring the forums. 
05/12/2012 at 19:10

Sills there is a forum called Who else gets up at silly o clock to run??  Not sure how motivating it is but a lot of early bird runners on there, and if you can get out early morning it really clears the day for work/family/social.

05/12/2012 at 19:23

Thanks JF50, about to head on over there now. I've always been an evening runner, putting on the trainers as I walk in the door from work to clear my head before the evening starts. But having an 8 week old son (my first) now makes that impossible as 19:00-20:30 is the only time I get to spend with him.

Thankfully Zach's a cracking sleeper already (he's inherited his dad's genes) so stupid o'clock starts are defintely going to be the way ahead.

06/12/2012 at 08:34

Sills spotted you over there.  In regard to food I don't think you need breakfast before most morning runs unless you are going really long.  But I guess  through the working week most people run perhaps 5 to 10 miles and as long as you eat well the day before it's fine.  I set the alarm for 5, hit it off before it wakes my OH, go downstairs where I have my kit ready, use the loo, mouthful of water and splash the face, and normally out of the door by 5.15am.  When I get back I breakfast and take a cuppa up for OH and wake her for work.  Simple

06/12/2012 at 08:40

Sounds like you have the routine down JF50, I like the fact brownie points have been built in, guaranteed recipe for success!

Thanks for the tips, just didn't like the idea of having to alarm at 4 to fuel for a run at 5. Tomorrow I'm going to try an early run, so I'll report back soon on how it goes. 

06/12/2012 at 11:20

Paula Radcliffe once said, “When I count to 100 three times, it’s a mile. It helps me focus on the moment and not think about how many miles I have to go. I concentrate on breathing and striding, and I go within myself.”

Does anyone else use tricks like this?

07/12/2012 at 07:54

Thanks for the tips JF50, first 5am miles have been completed!

Was out the door at 5:30 and did an easy 7 miles on the roads at MP +30. I was supprised to see a couple of OAP's within the first couple of miles, and by mile 4 I started to feel a little de-hydrated, had a bottle of isotonic with me but always find it hard to take on a lot of liquid whilst running. Next time, need to made sure not only eat well the day before but also keep hydration levels up, also going to take water not isotonic next time..

Didn't feel as cold as I expected out but there we definitely some areas of black ice about..there were a few hairy moments my mates would have enjoyed...I had a bit of a reputation at school for not being particularly stable on my feet (hence inheriting Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" as my personal theme tune!)

Anyway, now to do some work

seren nos    pirate
07/12/2012 at 08:03

well done on the early morning run......

07/12/2012 at 08:14

Thanks seren, is quite liberating knowing I've done my miles done for the day, cleaned the kitchen (my wife didn't want waking with a cup of tea JF50!) and read the paper all by 7:30!

A new chapter in my life begins....

Edited: 07/12/2012 at 08:36
07/12/2012 at 08:41

Good running Sills, same for me this morning so the day is clear, well I'll be at work for most of it

I did deliver the tea

seren nos    pirate
07/12/2012 at 08:52


 what do you think that you can gain from the forums and what do you think you can give to the forums

07/12/2012 at 12:46

JF50, I've never been a morning runner but think that's about to change, will just have to see how I hold up in the evenings though after a some regular early starts! My wife is a star and not waking me for the night time feeds of our little'un (I'm not much use when he goes straight back down), and when he normally sleeps from 5-8:30, she's understandably descided she doesn't want waking at 7 with a cup of tea!

07/12/2012 at 13:11

Seren, I'll be honest with you, these forums have been a bit of a revelation! 

As you can probably tell from my answer to your first question, I've always been a bit of a loaner when it comes to my running and not seen the value in sharing my experiences. I've even dismissed going for runs with friends as I want to just get my own head down and focus on my goals. Oh how that has changed in but 48 hours! 

Today I went for the my first early run thanks to inspiration from the Who else gets up at silly o clock to run?? thread and I can see that becoming somewhat of my home on here (thanks JF50!). The sub3 thread have been great at sharing their weekly mileages to help give me an idea of what I should be aiming for. They've also helped me establish that maybe a running commute to work is not such a good idea!

After the Target 26.2 experience is over, will I be on here as much as I am now? Probably not (my email inbox can't cope with the sheer number of notifications!), but I can see a cheeky post with my morning cup of tea becoming a part of the day I look forward to.

I can't promise to come with any deep wisdom or great humour, but I can just be me and hope that is enough to provide a little inspiration.

In the short term, I have a hell of a lot of learning to do to acheive my pretty ambitious goal of a sub 3 marathon; I am starting to realise that in this sport, knowledge is power! Given the opportunity to be part of the Target 26.2 team, all I can do is give an open and honest account of what I learn and how it affects my daily life. Hopefully my scientific take on things should provide a somewhat interesting thread to follow as I strive for my sub3 time.

seren nos    pirate
07/12/2012 at 13:13

thanksfor the detaikled and honest the way you can turn off the email notifications...........i did a long time ago

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