JG2 Don't you worry, I will be expecting an apologie quite soon I can take all the flak no problem my friend and haven't disappeared at all, the problem was I've had a broken leg for 5 months of last year upto Xmas and couldn't train at all, but you don't have to worry I'm still here to prove my original point only in a marathon where the winner wasn't 10 minutes down on his projected time I'l even post the time here for you, just so you don't forget!
Just need to get back upto speed that's all which won't be a problem.
The question is, will you be man enough WHEN I do it this time around to say well done? I doubt it, but there we go.
To reach our full potential as athletes we somehow have to stay within the region bounded by these two aphorisms:
"Ah but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for?" (Robert Browning) and"Protect what you have before reaching out for more" (Hadd)
A difficult balancing act...
Apologies for the lack of paragraphs in the above
Pug, sorry t hear about your broken leg. However you can take inspiratin from Karen Harewood, the 800m international 800m runner who shattered her femur in last years UK indoors championshps. Last week she raced 1000m indoors in 2:58.5 - 13 secs down in her PB. Many years ago I suffered a similar fate at the hands of a motor bike and managed to run a PB for the mile (4:32.5) eight months after the accident.
PugheavenIf you run 2:36 in a marathon, of course I'll come on this thread and say "well done". Always provided that you're man enough to say "no excuses, I wasn't good enough" if you don't!
I seem to recall another RW contributor Running Bhoy broke 2:45 in that same Edinburgh Maathon you were in and said that the wind accounted for 2 mins at most. Or did you have your own micro-climate?
When you say you broke your leg, I think you had a stress fracture didn't you, which isn't quite what most people mean when they say they broke their leg? Classic "too much too soon" injury (see Hadd quotation above).
Of the three fatties I mention above, I think you've set the most achieveable target but I think that you'll need to start being a bit more honest with yourself if you are to reach it: Edinburgh Marathon - went off too fast. Stress fracture - not bad luck, training error.
If you don't learn those lessons, you can shout it as loud as you like, but you won't succeed (in my humble opinion - no charge for the advice, take it or leave it).
Hobbling Harrier and Tom, you both seem to critical of Vero because there are....
"hundreds of major success stories out there just a case of looking even a little deeper as these guys are on the whole so damn modest etc ....." or " don't make a song and dance about it etc...."
Well that's hardly Vero's fault is it? Maybe these other success stories should stop being so damn modest and try engaging and inspiring other runners for a change!
The bottom line with Vero is he's stuck his head above the parapet and gone from an unfit 16 stone unit in January06 to a 1hr 13m half marathon in October07, even the most cynical runner should be able to give some grudging respect to that?
For most of us the fact he is an everyday punter (ie not a 'professional' runner who has trained for a lifetime), and hence easier to relate to, and has improved so much, is what makes him inspiration, in a similar way that Tracey Morris (from Dentist to the Olympics) is. What happened to giving someone a break?!
If when Alex was 16 stone he had said he was setting himself the target of 1:13 for HM I would have been a bit more impressed, as that's a tough but realistic target.....but he didn't...he said he was aiming for team UK at Bejing. It was a stupiid thiing to say as he didn't have the first idea about what was involved.
I'm not belittling his efforts - 73 mins is a decent enough time and he should take pride in it - especially if he gave it his best shot.
Urbane LoaferMay I suggest that you take yourself over to the Sub-3 thread in the FLM area of the forum. There are far more impressive examples of everyday types (including Mr Gobi himself) who are quietly going about the business of training their socks off, reaching for their potential, but without the self-aggrandisement of Vero and the like. You'll find sub-2:30 marathons and sub-70 halves being achieved without the need for a production company and film camera, let alone a blog. Now that's inspiring!
FWIW people here have given Vero a break - several times - he was going for 2:45 in 2006, 2:30 in Paris a year ago and 2:15 (plus Olympic selection) this year. He has now FAILED to achieve any of those stated objectives. The other reason he doesn't deserve any more breaks (or any sympathy) is that, rather than just admit that he's just not good enough (however hard he trains), he keeps coming up with these over-dramatic excuses (collapsed, but raised from the dead to complete the Majorca marathon, "deep muscle tear" but bravely carries on to finish in Paris). Pass the sick bag I want to vomit.
Tom. - Great news about Karen Harewood - thanks for mentioning it. I was just wondering how she was getting on. John Nuttall, one of the coaches at Loughborough Uni, took a last minute place in FLM (as in literally a couple of weeks before the race) last year to raise money for her rehab. Interestingly (in light of the topif of this thread) he finished in 2.57.... off 15mi/wk training.... He always was a class athlete, but that was pushing things a bit!
JG2, I take it you are not a fan then?
Good to hear there are other stories of runners acheiving excellent results, although without disappearing up my own *&%$ I am frankly far too busy to go scrolling through reams of threads to sift out the background, and then progress, of runners who might or might not have an engaging story to tell. As I suspect is the case for most of us. By using a production company, film camers, blogs, (hey, even drama), Vero is much more visible and has entered on my radar as a result, when others haven't, is that such a problem?
Tom, I hear what you are saying although I think the documentary title is more a hook (sensible or otherwise depending on your point of view) whereas the aims of it are to look at the decline in british marathon running + how far the average joe could improve in a 2 year period, - in light of performance and exposure re the issues i think its been pretty successful so far in that.
There's a great line in the movie Working Girl: "Just because I dance around the kitchen in my underwear, it doesn't make me Madonna .....and it never will"
"Alexander Vero" - strange that you give a Hotmail address as your email address a few pages back, when your real email address is given on your website. An imposter methinks!
Alex, I think you're being a bit revisionist there.
Or are you really admitting that your Bejing ambition was rediculous, if so then you weren't self delusional - just telling porkies.
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