Talkback: Win the ultimate spring marathon experience

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09/12/2010 at 19:47
Good luck Williambloke. As others have obviously said - the achievement versus effort curve inevitably flattens out which I'm sure you're aware of. Seems funny to put you up head to head against a guy who already has a 3.06 under his belt. Not sure whether it's more unfair on you or him but it does look odd on paper. I suppose PBs don't tell the whole story.
09/12/2010 at 19:55

I'm interested to know where the thoughts were going on the thread thats now broken....

Moraghan had stated that he felt it should have been a pre-requisite that all ss applicants be running 5+ times per week and 35 mpw+, there was both support and objections. If i'm honest this frightened the pants off of me when people started supporting the theory that it would be ludicrous to target a marathon in 18 weeks time without being at a base mileage of 35mpw.

Whats the thoughts on here?.....

I'm a new runner from nothing since Feb'10. I did a 10k in May in 59min 59, a half in sept in 2hrs 16mins, a half a month later in oct in 1hr 59. I run a regular 5 mile series monthly - in sept ran 43mins, Oct 41 mins and Nov 40mins and 6secs (that 39: .. illuded me!). In oct i ran a fell half in 2:20 and the seriously tough Exmoor stagger 15 miler in 03:08. In november my mileage dropped from 30-35 average to 20-25 average as i didn't have a long race booked up and i was focused on improving my speed having just discovered fartlek etc... The comments by moraghan about base mileage put the wind up me a bit and gave me added impetous for my long run today and i did 13.1 miles in 53 mins dead. I've reconvinced myself that i'm up to this challenge but am i being delusional?!

Running Rox Sub 4:15

09/12/2010 at 19:57
13.1 miles in 53 minutes?! That would be a new world record...
09/12/2010 at 19:58
oh god i'm such a  ****wit!  that'd be 1hr 53 dead then!!
09/12/2010 at 20:13

Kryptonite good meeting you on Saturday, and glad to see you posting on here. Congrats on getting through to the 18, you gotta get that sub 3!

Meldy think you raised  a very question.....some of the 18 are making an effort and posting and that's really nice to see. Can only hope that they all follow suit soon?!

09/12/2010 at 20:15
One lady didn't post at all last year.
Edited: 09/12/2010 at 20:15
seren nos    pirate
09/12/2010 at 20:33

LN........Maybe thats why they had the selection meeting this year to make sure that you at least made some effort after applying........

Running Rox...............of course a marathon can be done from scratch in 16 weeks training...............

But the point is, the safest way to train for one is to get yourself up to a good base mileage slowly and over a period of time so that you minimise the chance of injury..........

If you are young and mechanically perfect then the risk of injury should be reduced.............

They are many ways to train for a marathon and hopefully you will all have access to a sports physio and a sport massage therapist to help keep you going through the tough training periods

But to jump from running 3 times a week to 5 times a week and then to get upt to 50 miles in a couple of months and introducing speed work for the first time can make injury a strong possibility

09/12/2010 at 20:37

Interesting that the newbies seem to be divided into those who are joining in the conversation and posting pertinent comments and those who are just crashing in with vote for me me me stuff apropos of absolutely nothing anyone's said before

AL can't believe you didn't make it - who chose the shortlist and had they had any previous dealings with the forum at all, or was that not, after all, a relevant consideration?  So much for "you'll be comfortable posting on our forums" or however they phrased it, CBA to look up their actual phrase, but you not making the final selection is just not right  Well done for being so sporting

Welcome Jane 

Edited: 09/12/2010 at 20:39
09/12/2010 at 20:44
I'm not at all surprised there's a lot of 'new' people as I wasn't expecting that to change.  I don't get the point of voting, though thanks for the further info Alice.
09/12/2010 at 20:49

Thanks for replying to this SN, v helpful! I hope hope hope that my gut feelings are right that i've got the base fitness to work my bum off over the next 18 weeks, carefully and consistently so I start and finish a spring mara in sub 4:15 in one piece and keep on running after. I hugely want this opportunity to focus and train with pro-help as i feel such a loose cannon wildly flailing from one thing to another with no structure, i think the coaching will help me figure out what i'm capable of. That said, if i don't make the six, a spring mara is still the target and i'll be following the super and snubbed six for support and advice!!

Running Rox Sub 4:15

09/12/2010 at 20:52

I'm not voting - I've made my points on the other thread and I think that it's a shame that there are so few regulars in the final list.

Agree with you entirely Hash, and it was very interesting to see the difference in approach amongst regular forumites last year and the newbies.

seren nos    pirate
09/12/2010 at 20:59

Rox.....  Good attitude...........

The best bit of advice I would give...............though I am no to listen to your body so that you can learn to tell the difference between a niggle that you can run through and something a bit worse that needs a rest for a few days or so........

The trouble with a schedule is that you feel that you have to do every session.................this is even more so when you have a whole thread following your progress..............

This is not an excuse just to miss a session when you can't be arsed to go out in the dark and rain..........those sessions have to be done......but when something is hurting then you should assess it properely and not be frightened to say that you need to miss a session

09/12/2010 at 21:06
As has been the case for the 4th year in a row the sub 3h15 thread has had one of it's regulars proposed for a place on the ssx. Knight Rider is a regular poster on that thread and also popped up on my thread from this year. I really hope he gets chosen as I know he'd be a great thread host and would put body and soul into the experience
09/12/2010 at 21:13
I think I might base my vote on what was the best part of the lunch from the Boot camp?
09/12/2010 at 21:32
Bright White Trainers wrote (see)
I think I might base my vote on what was the best part of the lunch from the Boot camp?
I'd go with the pine nut & pesto pasta
09/12/2010 at 21:39

Ohh I had forgotten that.... But then again I think I sampled everything    It was tasty!

09/12/2010 at 21:41
Its got to be the copious amounts of jaffa cakes!
09/12/2010 at 21:45
peter thompson 14 wrote (see)
Its got to be the copious amounts of jaffa cakes!
That was my second choice - not that food is a big part of my life or anything...
09/12/2010 at 21:51

Arrrhhhhh which Jaffa Cakes?

Does it read like I run so I can stuff my face or what?

09/12/2010 at 22:01
Thanks SN, It makes sense that following a schedule can become obsessive and how that would put you at risk of pushing too hard and ignoring warning signs. Making mental note to myself in big letters & highlighter pen now....
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