So, what's next

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23/08/2012 at 07:52

For me it is the HM60 at the end of September.

For 2013 I want to complete the Hardmoors Grandslam this 4 race series  will see me run my first 100 miler, as well as as 35, 55 and 60. 

My other goal is run go to Boston and run a PB at the marathon on roads. I intend this to be last attempt at PBing on road marathons. But Boston is such an iconic race I want to give it a try above even London.

23/08/2012 at 08:18

Still thinking about Vanguard Way - temping with the start so local -  but not sure about recovering & getting a bit of speed back for Beach Head, and it's another Saturday to get covered for parkrun.

23/08/2012 at 09:32

I am thinking of just doing day 2 of the Vanguard Way as it starts pretty to close to home and would be a good long training run before Caesars Camp.

23/08/2012 at 10:34
Tim Bateson wrote (see)

 But Boston is such an iconic race I want to give it a try above even London.

tim, id choose Boston over London too anyday if i had to pick a 'big' marathon .

23/08/2012 at 11:11

I would choose just about any race over London again!

23/08/2012 at 11:35

Yes I asked a few people about the Boston or London option. (But was going to go Boston anyway ) Most people picked Boston, but a few said that London had a great atmosphere.

Also makes it a mini holiday for me and Mrs B. Which gives me more allowance for training time

Edited: 23/08/2012 at 11:35
23/08/2012 at 11:49

I'm hoping that Lou, me and Franny can drag ourselves round in a decent time at Abingdon, then I never have to do another one First and last road mara - would be ideal

23/08/2012 at 11:51
Wetter is Better! wrote (see)

I would choose just about any race over London again!

i have no desire whatsoever to do London-never have. too many people , too much faff,.....nooo thank you

23/08/2012 at 11:58 thoughts exactly....although it will be my 4rth road marathon and if i don't get a decent time then I will want to do a 5th before hanging up my road mara shoes....

23/08/2012 at 12:34

LLB, agreed, it seems a bit of an overreaction.  Hope it doesn't cause issues for next year.

No aches, pains, niggles or other problems, but I am finding the tiredness a little difficult to shake.  How are you getting on?  How's the back? 

To the Abingdon crew, what prompted you all to do it? I quite like the odd road marathon, running on trails makes a huge difference to the strength in your legs and the road feels much easier afterwards (to me at least). 

Debra - I wouldn't worry too much about getting speed back for Beachy, it isn't a very fast course, to say the least.  I always think the winning times are a good indication and the first man home is usually around 3.00 hours.

So many good races coming up, if only there was more time.


23/08/2012 at 13:05

I've entered for London next year, because lots of people in my running club (and my father-in-law, who ran it three times) have said it "should be experienced once" and to have a nice easy answer to the people who ask whether  I've "run The Marathon" (and because I have a GFA place). Apart from that I don't really want to do any road runs except Comrades (and whatever mara or 50K I'll need to do to get a reasonable start pen for that).

23/08/2012 at 13:28

I guess it's easier to say you loath something once you've done it ... I have nothing against road marathons as such although scenery has to be good - New Forest Marathon is fab actually and I also enjoyed Shakespeare. I do enjoy the feeling of relative speed on a road one as opposed to a trail one but in my heart I'm a hilly, muddy trail/fell girl!!! Can't comment on Boston but think I'd choose that over London as I really did hate London on both times.  That said am considering Lochaber next year.

Rosemary, just re-read the NDW and agree, that's really unecessary. Was funny as I scrolled back to first ever posting on that and James was talking about the race and a few of us were mumbling about the cost (in a constructive way I might add) and sure enough, along come people who seem to enjoy wading in and being positively rude.  Likewise I really hope it doesn't upset the standing of next years race as, despite not racing it, the area is fabulous.

I usual attraction for Abingdon (hence it's a sell-out) is cos it's a PB course - nice and flat and at a good time of year for some people.

5.5 miles for me this morning in glorious sunshine along the beach and back. Followed by a quick swim in the sea before last leg home - strange looks as ever at me in all my running kit (including shoes) totally soaked to the skin!!

23/08/2012 at 13:44

Rosemary: I'm not expecting to be fast at Beachy Head, but I don't want to disgrace myself, so I do want to remind my legs that they can run at a better pace than 9 mins/mile, and that uphills can be run not always walked! Did seven miles with the club last night averaging 8.36/mile and it felt good, but back in April I averaged nearly that pace for a whole marathon.

cragchick: thanks for the reminder that if I need a road marathon for a decent time I can do one like New Forest and have nice surroundings, at least.


23/08/2012 at 13:57

Cragchick, what a wonderful sounding run, certainly better than my 8 mile slog on the treadie this morning. 

It's odd how that happened at both ends of the thread, isn't it?  I thought the event was excellent value and I really hope Centurion start more - I'd love an SDW50! 

So that's why Abingdon is popular.  Someone's offering to transfer a place for it on the events forum.  I'd do it to run with the rest of the crew from here, but I already have an event that day, unfortunately.


23/08/2012 at 14:11

I was guilty of the price complaint to start with but saw the light!!!

New Forest IS hilly but it's lovely.

23/08/2012 at 14:22

It is incredibly expensive to put the races on...

23/08/2012 at 14:23

New Forest was my first marathon some years ago.  It's certainly not as hilly as Beachy, but still contains some 'interest', shall we say.  I have to say, I didn't enjoy it, there were an awful lot of very inconsiderate drivers (most of them following 'their' runners) on the road. There were one or two confrontations between drivers and runners.  Shame, because the scenery is beautiful.

Debra, last year everyone attempted to run the first hill out of Eastbourne, after that pretty much only the elites ran all the rest of the hills.  It makes for a very bizarre sight to see masses of runners come to a sudden stop, walk for a hill and then resume running at the top.  You can tell when the top of a hill is coming, as the running wave passes through the crowd. 

23/08/2012 at 14:28

That's interesting Rosemary, I did it as my 2nd and 3rd marathons 2001 and 2002 (eek) and don't recall that at all, but time may have blurred my memory.

WIB - oh definitely, once I started thinking about it on that scale, and having done a race like that compared to my usual mainly self-sufficient races, I definitely enjoyed the benefits and would recommend them as value for money - so I officially ate my words


23/08/2012 at 14:33

For me it was 2003, but I may also have a slightly jaundiced view of it, as I was having one of those days when your feet feel like lead and you really have to grind out every mile.  Maybe I'll try it again next year.

23/08/2012 at 14:36

cragchick - Just amke sure you eat your money's worth at checkpoints as well

I have never done Beachy marathon even though it is so close. I will put it on the to do list along with 3 Forts.

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