In my mind races like Chicago are destination box ticking races, I dont see that they can be target PB races due to the travel, dehydration, time zones etc esp flying in a day or two before, so anyone running strognly is doing well. Paris or Berlin/frankfurt is the places to aim for a PB. You only need to be a % or two off and a PB isnt going to happen. In saying that I guess that Jools was orginally going to get there earlier and acclimatise. Having said that bloody well done to Jools and ES, cracking efforts given the above, so both have more to give. I remember when Jools was hoping to run sub3 and now she is expecting to run sub 2:50, that is a massive shift mentally and shows how far Jools has come - brilliant.
CW - more miles ? heat training ? quality ?.......nope it was the "I TOOK A PUNT", a PB was never in doubt at this end (you have the endurance, the physiology, are 7 stone dripping wet etc), you needed to get away from the painting by numbers and risk a bit in the quest for more of an impressionist work. You have more in there, but you have to want to take a few more punts. There havnt been that many times over the years when I've been as happy to see someone on here PB. Well done son !
Wardi - you put me to shame, I have ten years on you, well done.
I still have a big problem with too many folks in general (none of the above) being too "time" based around campaigns, no two campaigns are equal and all marathions are done off different work/life/fitness stress, they are all boddy hard on the day and I amd proud of all of my marathons for differing reasons.
That really is me done until November now, I have a date with my barbell again - I cant have TT getting bigger muscle than me. The dormant muscles in my legs and core seem to be awakening and have stopped hurting (might be the no running too though),
LS21 - Sorry, I hadnt made the connection there, so I do apologise, there is a reason for them brewing some then. I think I'd stick to PG Tips myself. Hope you are back on the real stuff sometime........re the gadget, the last thing you needed to see after a night of being ill was a HR display telling you that you had been ill ! so it was a perfect crime (of memory). I'd take 3 runs a week with a long run of ~10M in future..................bloody good job you didnt get press ganged into being on the HMS Victory !
I have a barbell waiting for me in the garage (for some groin/leg strengthening squats, deadlifts and lunges) so that really is me done until November.
CD - I saw your race report elsewhere, nice to see you back to competing at IM and well done for following your SPO's words to the letter on race day !
LS - i had noted your result at Berlin too, good to see you back under 3hrs, well done for forgetting your HRM it made your race go swimmingly.
All the best to the Chicago and Yorkshire contingent, If Charlie could remember to forget his gadget (in a LS stylie) then he'd have a stormer. I should have been at the IoW at the same time, but thats running for you.
Not running and favouring turbo/swim and Strength work has seen my stomach/groin issue improve (top timing as i have a cold and can now sneeze without backing it up with a swear word), and my foot is nearly ok during everyday activities, still got over 3 weeks until Nov 1st too.
........and WTFP with alcohol free beer (just have a cup of PG tips instead) ? and I like beer as much as the next man, but Alcohol free ? although it would have come in handy back in the day on HMS Victory (peace times probably rather than times of aggression - you have to have been on the tour to get that one).
Wardi - hope you had some alcohol inclusive beer to celebrate.
As a belated b'day treat to Wardi, I thought I'd join in today as I wanted to say.....
Jooligan - cant grasp if you have run sub 3 or are aspiring to, but after 20+ marathons you should have realised any sub3 potential by now...if yu are training for a sub 3 properly. I note some track session times and a mention of 4 long runs (during the whole campaign ?). If you are a sub 3 hopeful then you are of similar standard to me and the last thing I would ever do in a campaign is run round a track (and it hasnt happened up until now), long runs, medium long runs, double digit runs, doubles are your building blocks, i dont rememebr anyone upping their game strength and mileage game and getting slower - so run more, more often ! LMH aspired to run a sub 3 at VLM this year as a vet lady, she ran a long run or medium long run Sunday to thursday and then did a mere 8 to 10M on the other two days, she had marathon strength by the bucket load. IMO you are spunking value matches (that was for Wardi) seeing how fast you can run round a track when you could be doing some miles instead. Strength trumps speed at ~3hr pace, think tortoise not hare.
LMH - agreed on the methol benefits, thats why if you could coincide any stopped time with a holiday, it would be an ideal time. I was stopping for a Holiday in August anyway (no sports on holiday), I just didnt start again.
TT - improving at swimming takes time and concentration and isnt helped by fatigue from running, so I'd delay that for a year too
Wardi - i'm only really a keep fitter at the mo, so dont join in and my catchphrases dont seem relevant anymore in my keep fit world. No plans to dons any orange singlets along the embankment any more, although February 20 milers would be less miserable without a sore body. Running Sub 3 used to take up quite a lot of my mental time, it never features anymore. 8-0 still takes pride of place though.
SL - just about to complete 4 weeks of absolutely no cricket which is the quietest part of the year, October sees the start of various indoor leagues, and training schedules, but I am waiting to find out if the County EPP will include the younger one again (and if so how often) which if he is included should be back to full swing by November, I hope he'll get invited back but County cricket is a ruthless business and there's always someone new on the radar.