Entered! Glad I saw the post on Facebook, never knew this competition was on!
Hard to condense your story into 150 words though, I really struggled with that. I had a goal of qualifying for Boston at Chester a month ago, but due to an intolerance to the Iso they were serving on the course(and puking it up at miles 15 & 17!) I missed my qualifying time. After a bit of a simultaneous watch looking, vomiting up the iso and then a cry as I saw Boston slipping through my fingertips at mile 17, I decided to just slow down, finish strong and happy and try again in 2012. Winning this with the coaching would be excellent and help us all achieve our goals! Couldn't get all of that plus why I run into 150 words, ugh.
Harnser, go to your picture manager and resize the photo. I ran into the same problem, just make it larger and it will be accepted.
Good luck to everyone. All the best wishes for PB's in 2012 regardless if we win or not. Keep running, keep smilin
Timea, the 150 words was difficult wasn't it? I can't shut up about it either! Lol.
I know exactly where I went wrong at Chester, just took in waay to much of the iso every time it was offered at a hydration station. I can't tolerate too much sugar and it just came back up. I stayed on pace until mile 17 and then it all went pear shaped. I was sad for a few miles, I'd worked so hard to get a BQ but hey ho. There are always other marathons to re-attempt a BQ. In the end, Chester is a SUPERBLY organised marathon and a stunner of a course. Glad I was able to just pull back and really enjoy the scenery for the last 9 miles. It's absolutely gorgeous and I highly recommend it! Great marathon.
Best of luck to you in the competition Timea! It'll be a mighty team they choose I'm sure. x
Someone earlier on in the thread was asking about the selection day. Last year we were divided into groups and through the course of the day had sessions with both coaches on the track, physio indoors and a gait analysis (although that seems to be coming later on this time).
We were sent kit in the size we had asked for but it was no problem getting it changed if it didn't fit. We did get asked for our shoe size again before they were sent out and also got to choose the model.
Hope that helps
Last year they had us all in time categories and I was after 4:15. Not sure I'd have managed to come up with a compelling reason why I wanted to do it. Definitely not a first timer having run 9 marathons and an ultra last year but wanting to improve my time.
As far as the coaching goes all I will say is that there were problems initially with one of the coaches engaging in the online stuff. The people who were around on the forums last year know the full details. Things got sorted out in the en.dA
Anyone new to the forums here needs to know that if selected will be set up with a thread of their own and will need to get in there regularly giving info about the training they are doing.
I applied again this year.
Got rejected last year. Fingers crossed.
Cant wait to find out
Good luck everyone,
anyone heard any news?
good luck so excited
Yes, I'm in
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