Looks like the asics thingy is more orientated to people not on the forums. Seems facebook and twitter are more important judging by what you see on the home page. That said all these vote for me threads are a little annoying even if the 'finalists' have been told to do it etc.
I applied for the RW Six last year but did not make it.Clearly did not have the ability to write a good yarn !!
I joined in on Carter's thread with Spoons and have learnt loads through this last year. Smashed ny HM PB in February on a tough course, grabbed a PB in Paris (but not what I was looking for) but more importantly have picked up loads of great tips and a few running buddies along the way. The thread has kept going which is testament to the power of the RW 6. It is all about the running and less about the 15 minutes of fame.
Having only discoverd the forums around this time last year, it would be a real shame if others out there who are serious about running but need some help are not given the opportunity to learn from the great people on here who are very welcoming to newbies who are here for the right reasons.
If you put it off until after Christmas, it might mean that some people who are comtemplating early Spring marathons miss out.
Does anyone know when the voting finishes as most of thoses threads will fall away after that. Not everyone is as lucky as Minni to be pinned to the top of the list.
I rather enjoyed being out in teh cold and dark tonight. It was nice to get out.
I set out tonight with a 6-8 mile taregt in my head. I took in an uphill section early followed by a downhill and then oicked up the pace on the flat.
My splits were good at :
8:44; 8:49; 7:34; 7:17; 7:23; 8:25 and 8:05.
Average 8:03 min/mile.
A good refreshing workout. Nice to get a decent one in early in the week. Have a few social engagements with it being the time of year that it is,coming up which may make tomorrow and Thursday a challenge.
Tend to agree with what has been said already. For the short stuff it is all about going out there and leaving your inards behind as you try and hand on to teh end.
For the longer stuff it is all about lasting the distance and being able to finish strong. So for a HM , it is about running a negative split, controlling it until half way and then progressively going for it from there. For the big one, I think it is about holding it at an even pace from the start until circa mile 20 and then pushing for the finish as it is only another 10k and we can all do one of them. ......
Carter - Mile 7 actually was 8:08 !! typing has never been one of my greatest skills.
Great run from you too. I guess having been so long in the recovery chute, every time something is not quite right the mental side of this running lark kicks in and tells you everything is about to come back. It is tough.
I remember my first marathon. I broke my wrist the summer before and the first few times I went back out I was dead afraid of falling over in case I landed on it. I needed an operation in the January before the VLM in April to remove the pins and the same thing happened again. It was all in the head.
The one time I did stumble - which was sometime earlier this year - it must have made for a ridiculous sight by passers by on the raod. I clipped the top of the kerb and ran for what seemed like ages doubled over with my head getting closer and closer to teh ground. I woukld not put my hand out and did not even think about falling sideways.
I eventually got control and was able to stand upright.
I guess it will always be with me. The fear of falling and breaking the wrist again. Not the thought of me stumbling like an idiot.