Mmmm, marathons...... Well the plan was that after I did reasonably well in 2011 at all distances I would consolidate in 2012 and then go FULLBORE in May this year at the Essex marathon (I think) as that was *just* after I turned 40. The idea being to give myself a cheeky birthday present of sub 3. However, things started going pear shaped in early 2012 and that was that. Having a surgeon fiddle around with your spinal column tends to make you realise that maybe running a marathon 6 months later on top of no running for the previous 6 months might not be the brightest idea.
Now the focus is on seeing how I cope with racing over ever increasing distances so I'm ok with 5k and on Saturday I'll see how I cope with 10k (ish). If the xc season goes ok then I've got a 5 miler planned locally for Dec 29th and then look at 2014 as seeing if I can near to where I was at distances up to HM. If my OAP frame stands up to the rigours and I can get under 84mins for a HM then I'll think about something longer.
It may be my body simply can't cope with anything longer than 90mins and if that happens so be it. I'm happy enough with a sub 3h15 time and I saw several of my clubmates this year go in to London in sub 3 form and all three bombed out so as you know, there are no guarantees and marathon running is a cruel endeavour. I guess that's why we love it huh?
OO50 - always been a cyclist tbh so it's nice to get back into the groove and I reckon that cycling benefits running rather than vice versa. If you look at multi-sport athletes they all train the cv system and it does cross over but if I wanted to be a really good runner I'd run more than I cycled.
They say that if you mention someone on a therad they soon pop in, just looked up a few old names:
Matchstick Man is back in form, 19:19 at a parkrun. salf 2:57:08 new mara PB at Amsterdam
I thought I'd pop on here to see how you all are and lo and behold, I find a reference to me,me,me. Marvellous I wouldn't say back in form with a 19-19, maybe when I'm under 18-38 (ish) I'll be happy but things are going well again. It will be exactly a year to the day this Saturday since I underwent a lumbar discectomy and I will be "celebrating" by taking part in the first fixture of the Birmingham XC League which is an absolute BINFEST(riot) where all three divisions run with each other then on Sunday I'll be doing a 3hr bike ride in the Peak District with some mates. I'm riding 10miles each way to work and back (new job) every day now and I manage to layer in a couple of runs a week as well. I've managed a 90min long run (7m57s pace) and a running club session (1km reps at 3m31-3m37s) in recent weeks as highlights. Strava says I've done 38hrs in Sept (cycling and running) and 32hrs in Oct which should give you an indication of how things are going. My immediate aims are to do the xc season and get in the top 100 of any Div 2 xc race and also make the top 6 counters of my club within any Div 2 xc race. Once that's over and done with (mid Feb 2014) I'll have a better idea of what 2014 may have in store for me.
Obviously BIG love to our sub 3 violin playing legal eagle and welcome to all the newbies on here looking for advice. Get a good winter in, stay illness and injury free, be consistent, don't be shit and I'll cheer you lot on next April at about mile 22 as per usual.
Sh*t. For those of you unaware, I tore my plantar fascia last Feb and from then on, I seemed to have a problem with my back. Looking back on it, I think 20+ years of being very physically active and also 6'2" combined with the same amount of time with doing desk bound jobs contributed to a prolapsed disc (L5/S1). This wasn't diagnosed until I had an MRI in August and then things seemed to get worse to the extent that I was unable to drive (or be driven, or even sit at a desk for longer than 5 mins). It all reached a head in October/November when I saw a private consultant (paid for by the NHS) who recommended surgery in 4/6 weeks. 48 hrs after seeing him I collapsed in the kitchen with a loss of functional strength in my left leg. I then had a lumbar discectomy 6 days later as a priority (no f***ing sh*t!) and it was like flicking a switch in terms of my ability to climb stairs, sit down, etc.
I bascially haven't run since Feb last year and this year is a write-off as well if I'm honest. I'm back on the bike no problems keeping up an aerobic component and am in the gym lifting weights 4 times a week ok as well. Currently managing Parkruns with my 7 yr old so 34-37min times but not sure about the ability to run anything quicker than 8m30s pace.
I turn 40 in a few weeks and I had harboured dreams of running sub 3 once I turned into an OAP but that dream has been shelved for a while. The general idea is to make a return to sc racing in the Autumn and maybe look at Wokingham 2014 as a main target race
Mennania:28067 Clic Sargent top with Johnny written on it - Sub 3:00 Lorenzo: 29916 (not sure what colour vest yet) A: sub-3:10; B: 3:13:22(PB); C: 3:15 Minni: 29900 Green and Purple Vest, A: sub 3:15; B: 3:17, C: 3:20 Poacher 29616. red/white/blue dress, time 3.14-3.25 but not bothered
Badbark – 28126, White headband, white and black vest and shorts. Yellow shoes. A sub 3:00, B sub 3:09:57 for a PB, C sub 3:15 for GFA
LB70 - 36759 Children with Cancer UK vest with Lee printed on the front and blue shorts. Sub 3:15 Scooby: 30971, Orange or black top, black cap and sunglasses A sub 3; B sub 3:02: c sub 3:04
RED GFA moof- 32394, blue vest with nick on the front and moof on the back, A; sub 2.55, B; sub 3, C; Best effort. Martin: 32179. fairy. 2.55 or GFA
BLUE RFJ 5373 black fetch vest and fetch buff or Andover AC vest (Blue and white stripes) with red shorts OO Gerard Mooney FINgers 6547 a)3:09:59 GFA b)Best Effort - see a) White Vest with blue Flashing and Alex on the Front Fingers on the back.
SCREAMING, WHOOPING, HOLLERING SPECTATORS Speedy - Fetch mile 22 PMJ - drinks station mile 23 Matchstick Man - 22 mile point (bit before Fetch) randomly shouting abuse and then on to CHANDOS!