Advice on the Victory 5

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08/12/2008 at 20:39
I look like an old man gurning. I swear i'm not even 22 yet!
08/12/2008 at 20:52

I didn't know you ran for Farnham, Yifter? I'd have said hi as I overtook you...
08/12/2008 at 21:03

...good crack at the V5, weather must have been good too. I went to watch the ill-fated Luton marathon.

Good posts from Yifter, bit of old fashioned advice - but its true, I popped out a 32.38 10k from nowhere (pb of 45 secs) after 2 or 3 months of consistent training with some hellish tuesday training sessions from an ex-olympic steeple chaser (some of which were probably too hard...) so its what you want to get out of it of luck with the targets...

as for finishing pictures...I did a 10k in Leighton Buzzard in the summer and I finished looking like Ducan Norveille (remeber him? chase me!! chase me!!.) Eyes closed, limp hand out in front. Nightmare

08/12/2008 at 21:20
A lot of people come to this forum for different reasons. Despite the huge numbers of people who run... amongst mainstream folks, it's still an outsiders hobby. After my first ever race, I boasted to my friends of finishing a 5 mile race in 37.5 minutes... and most of them just responded with "why on earth would you want to run 5 miles?".

So I understand why many would come to a forum like this to find support from people who understand the sport. Because it would be easy to be surrounded by friends and family who hadn't a clue. It's nice to be congratulated on finishing a race in 11min miles, from those who went through it years before.

On the other hand, some people come here for advice. And that's the main reason i'm here. I'm not going to get offended if Yifter comes on here and calls me a bloody idiot and says i'm training wrong if its THE TRUTH. I want genuine, serious advice... not to be told to carry on as I am.

If the way im training is only good for maintaining my current level then i'll bin it and try harder.

And you're right Simon, it is old-fashioned advice. But its the kind of thing my Grandpa always says... "you aren't working hard enough!". And he was running 1'54" for 800m when he was my age... so he'd know.

I need to get out of the comfort zone. So feel free to insult me everyone and help me do it.
08/12/2008 at 23:32

Paul, you're a w*nker! (Joke! Sorry, that was too easy )

Simon, did those Tuesday night sessions happen to be with HHH at Tooting Bec track? If so, who's the Olympic steeple chaser? Remember you telling me about HHH when I was about to join. Well, I've been to 5/6 Tuesday sessions now and am loving it - definitely feeling the benefits already. Nice one for the encouragement.

And to go off on another tangent...I've just booked five tickets for me and my mates to the World Athletics Championships in Berlin! Managed to get finishing straight tickets on the night of:

Women's 400m final (possibly Christine O and Nicola Sanders)

Men's triple jump final (possibly Philips Idowu)

Men's 400m hurdles final

Men's 3000m steeple chase final

I'll also see some chancer by the name of U Bolt in the 200m (only the quarter final, mind).

There are still tickets for the men's 200m and 100m finals, but they're not great seats so thought I'd go for another night. Can't wait!!! 

08/12/2008 at 23:47

Not sure I like the grandpa tag reference Paul, but he could run couldnt he!....Maybe big brother is more  apt.

Oh're welcome to say Hi as you overtake me......but your gonna have to speed up a bit first lad!

M...eldy    pirate
09/12/2008 at 00:06
I think Paul was right first time meself ...
09/12/2008 at 00:22

Right first time about what?

Another night shift for you M.eldy?

M...eldy    pirate
09/12/2008 at 00:25
Yifty being a grandad

Yep .. first night of two for me,  Hastings marathon on Sunday!
09/12/2008 at 00:28

Oh good stuff. What time are you aiming for?

I've got about 9 weeks more of nights... then I start my 7 weeks of classroom training! I know this might sound like a daft question... but is the training paid, do you know?

09/12/2008 at 00:30
I wasn't saying he was a grandad, or comparing him to one! My grandpa was just a county-level runner in the late 50's and early 60's and he constantly tells me i'm not working hard enough. Being that he was faster than Kelly Holmes over 800m and 400m, I can't really argue back.
M...eldy    pirate
09/12/2008 at 00:33

yes the training will be paid as you will start contractual employment (I hope!)

Time?  Difficult because its quite a hilly course,  my pb is 5.15 this year on a flat course so anywhere near there will be good

09/12/2008 at 17:56
Looks like your in for a long day Sunday Melds.
10/12/2008 at 01:17
Right, I shall let this thread die a death! Roll on Eastleigh.
M...eldy    pirate
10/12/2008 at 01:22

Nifty Yifty I am always out there for a long time - just some times they are shorter longer days than others!

Sorry Paul ....   really going now  

10/12/2008 at 02:00


 It's okay, I haven't started the new thread yet!

M...eldy    pirate
10/12/2008 at 02:05
old threads never die,  they just dont get pb's any more

Anyway its quite comfortable in old threads, people will never just let them go

and I am off home in a mo   
10/12/2008 at 02:16
Good night!
10/12/2008 at 10:47

I should have come on this morning, I was up and coughing my lungs up again at First day off work in 7 years and the last Stevenage 5k tonight and possibly Andy Reading 10k on Sunday up the spout..grr

Shelf side -  It was John Bicourt, but about 2 years ago now. we had a grioup that started a bit earlier at 6.15 on a tues. Tim is still doint the session with the fast boys down there on a tues (lanky skinny guy who is a good improving runner but he tells me is still hanging off the back of the group!)

10/12/2008 at 13:24

Yep, saw the earlier group at the track last night - fast...

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