P + D training for VLM 2013

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21/03/2013 at 14:23

HeOw - I've printed that one out.  Agree, the weekly mileage looks pretty light.

This morning I had physio on my knee (loooooong awaited).  The physio asked me about the marathons I'd done and what I had coming up.  When I told her I was running Brighton Marathon in a few weeks, she asked "will that be that your longest one?".  I respectfully pointed out that they were all the same length   

21/03/2013 at 14:55

Ten, if you did one before 1908 they were different distances, sort of about 25 miles.  On the way to FLM expo, DLR to Excel, a few years back I sat next to an author and runner called John Bryant, who wrote "The London Marathon, the history of the greatest race on earth" and he explained all to me.  I did buy his book at expo and he signed it wishing me luck in the race.  The distance used today comes from the distance it was from the starting point (can't remember exactly where it was), to the finish line at White City (where the BBC buildings are in West London now) which was the venue for the athletics for the 1908 Olympics.

I'll take my nerd hat off now

21/03/2013 at 15:08
LOL at Lit and 15west, all I know is I'm in the FGFA pen with a tent, free coffee and water and very little in the way of a wait for the WC 15west it takes a max of 15 seconds to cross the line when they call you forward then remove the barrier and we are brought to the front of the masses. When you look at the plan on page 42 of the book you just got that's a fence around the FGFA start

10 miles easy this morning not sure what to do on Saturday with the gale force winds and snow forecast
HrOw is that your fault for booking a half marathon in;-)
21/03/2013 at 15:16

JF50 - I have heard that also. They extended it so it finished infront of the royal box or something.

21/03/2013 at 15:18

NP - will people be able to see me on tv waving behind Wilson Kipsang and co.?

21/03/2013 at 15:22
15west No lol. But neither will anyone else on here.
21/03/2013 at 15:32

15w if you stand on something we might be able to catch a glance of you at the front, just look for the one with the alcoholic puppy

21/03/2013 at 15:48
JF50 wrote (see)

Ten, if you did one before 1908 they were different distances, sort of about 25 miles.  

I'm not as old as you JF, so I bow down to your previous experience 

 

21/03/2013 at 16:34

1908 marathon started at windsor castle, and finished inside the White City stadium, which was the Olympic stadium in 1908. The race was supposed to be "between 25 and 26 miles" long, plus a 385 yards (clockwise) round the track in the stadium, finishing in front of the royal box so the toffs would have a good view

21/03/2013 at 16:35

I don't think they upgraded me from GFA to FGFA. I might have to share toilet facilities.

21/03/2013 at 16:44

Did you ring them up and ask them to? Don't think it happens automatically.

21/03/2013 at 16:48

I rang them - they asked to email...then assured that this was being sorted out, but my number is the same. I have emailed again to see.

Edited: 21/03/2013 at 16:49
21/03/2013 at 16:51

and they just replied - and this is what they have said:

I will get your championship number sent through by next week, it’s because the forms were printed before your entry was upgraded.

 

WOOHOO! Maybe I should ask for an elite place, see what happens....

 

 

21/03/2013 at 17:09

hmmm...much confusion now. They are asking for running club details (not a member of one); and I am trying to tell them it's a FGFA place I'm after, not a champs place. I'll keep you posted cause I know you're all gripped by this.

21/03/2013 at 17:14

5pm. They've probably gone home. Good grief.

21/03/2013 at 17:14

Probably best to just ring them up again. When I entered they kept rejecting my championship application because they were confused about the difference between gun and chip time, and then forgot to send through the confirmation. Was eventually cleared up by a chat with a very pleasant young woman.

21/03/2013 at 17:16

ok. If they haven't replied by tomorrow I'll call.

21/03/2013 at 18:28
What's the blue start like then? Is it the crap one? That's where I am.
21/03/2013 at 18:34

No the blue one is ok if you are in the first few pens, the Red one is very crowded, I am blue, you will find out when you register which pen, I would think if you put sub3 you would be in pen one/two, I should be 3/4, the last time I was on the blue start I was under the clock under 3 mins from pen 4, when I was gfa it was about 30 secs..

I did todays session on the treddy I am sick of this wind and rain, I have already decided I wont be doing it next year even if I do get gfa again

Edited: 21/03/2013 at 18:36
21/03/2013 at 18:59

Just seen a fairly scary forecast - would not be that surprised if wilmslow affected.

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