Stan, the 5 marathons in a year were the result of me having a really really bad cold that had me off work for a week, and off running for about 10 days last autumn... in that time i managed to enter 3 marathons, and then a week later found I had a ballot place for London... once I'd entered 4, it seemed easy to enter Bacchus once their entries opened, and then somehow, 75 miles seemed like a good idea too. I've been a bit unsure about what the next challenge will be once I get my Boston Qualifier- do I keep going for faster times? Do I go further? Do I go multi-sport? or do I go multi-marathon. I definitely like the idea of the 100 marathon club, but that's one I'd like to build to slowly so I can fulfil my initial goal when I first took up running, which was to see the world, or as it was beautifully stated in my high school geography department: "The best geography is learnt through the soles of one's feet".
Reiki, Sarah, Rachel, Malcs, thanks all for the luck - wow, can't believe I've actually done it- 5 in a year. Of course had little doubt of completing this one- if I hadn't there would have been less wine! but I viewed it as the afterparty for all the other hard runs- as enjoyable as they all were, they were all quite taxing on my body, so this one was taken leisurely and thoroughly enjoyed- who will be there with me next year??
Hans, eeeek! Snapped brake cable on a buggy!! You've just reminded me of my biggest fear when cycling.... am starting on the triathlon journey it woudl seem- went to the pool today and did the first swim of the bathtub to 500m programme... It was actually fairly easy going, so I'm confident, though not over confident that I'll be capable of covering the 1.2mile distance in the pool eventually... but need to get that confidence in open water too... I just discovered OSS website today, and it turns out as well as the extensive coastal swimming I already knew was available to me, there are also some river swimming spots in the river Stour, which is one of my favourite places to run and cycle, so I could get quite a good traniing triathlon done nice and close to home when the time comes
Ello ello, What can I say, Bacchus marathon was AMAZING!!! SOOOOOOO much fun to run it with absolutely no aim in mind except for to drink wine at every aid station. I'll do a full report on my blog when I find the time, but in summary, ran the whole way with RRR, she was dressed as a copper, me as a robber. I was race number 90 if you want to have a look at some of our pics: http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/advsearch.tlx?advsearchid=1410894150
We did drink wine at every aid station, ran part of it with a Turkey, and at the 20 mle point we were told to slow to a walk because a bull had escaped from a field and he may try to jump the fence into the footpath to get to the cows in the opposite field. We decided to cross the finish line together, so with a few hundred metres to go, RRR finally caught me to cuff me, and we crossed the line together It was SOOOOO much fun, made even better by it being a lovely bright and sunny day. 5:03, so not my slowest marathon But wine did well to keep me full of energy, after crossing the finish line they were playing some TUNES!!! and I was dancing.
that's it, 5 marathons in 2014- perhaps Chelmsford next month... o yes, and a 75 mile ultra!!! EEEEEEEEKKK
Malcs, as you know I did proper alcohol training on Friday, and am now tapering (never drinking again) for the event J I definitely agree with the others, to ‘go for it’ but from a mental standpoint, its almost better to go into the whole thing with a range of happy outcomes rather than nailing it down to 1 time – for example, knowing what your range of paces can be when you are running ‘marathon pace’ to feel can have a range of 10-15s per mile, which is quite a significant difference in finishing time when it comes to the full 26.2
Rachel, it can always be tough after a gap, but once you start writing out your training plan etc, I think you will get the motivation back- I think it really helps to start the training before Christmas, even if you give yourself time off for Christmas, so that you don’t have the general post-holiday malaise that prevents you actually starting until mid-January. Shame we wont see you at Bacchus L
Hi again DS2, sorry about your foot, but we know you will make sure you’re on the start line at London, just as you did this year J
Hans C, Thanks for telling me about your training; I went to Clacton-on sea with a couple of friends in my wetsuit to try out the open water swimming lark, and it was actually fine – so, what must have got to me in my last tri- was just how cold the water was. I’ve decided that I would quite like to do the Vitruvian 70.3, which is at the end of August, so the water temp should be more like it is now – the triathlon I did before was in June or July 2012, after what was a very cold winter, so I don’t think bodies of water had had a chance to warm up by then.
So, I did a race yesterday that didn’t make it to the thread race list... it was a 10k - blog here:
Malcs, I’m quite excited to see what you’ll do in York after all the speedwork you’ve been doing – looks like you’re going for quite a fast pace if you’re doing 20 mile runs with middle 15 at 7:30mm!!! Are you gonna beat my next marathon goal before I have a chance to get there?