Wolfy (iRunner)

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Posted: 06/08/2002 at 09:33
Thanks for that I'm almost sold on the benefits of speedwork, I can feel the pain already!!!!

You are very lucky to have a group of running pals to train with, I have 3 or 4 running pals but they all have their own running agenda's and don't seem to have any real focus to their training and constantly let me down!!! Then they wonder why I always get a better time than them in races (?).

Your advice seems sound and is similar to the what my 'nutter' pal has told me in the past, I'm looking forward to my first session on Saturday now....I'll let you know how I get on.

BTW are you doing a half marathon before Manchester, such as GNR or Livepool?

Anyone in already?

Posted: 06/08/2002 at 08:32
It's mad that one has to go to the extent of applying from outside the UK to get into the FLM!!!

I am lucky to have a guaranteed place due to being Good for Age from my time at London this year, but I tried 4 times before I got in and it might sound a bit sad but everytime I got my cheque returned early December I felt pretty sick as I had endured training in the dark and bad weather and was often planning my runs over Xmas to be knocked back again!!!

For those that don't get in, keep trying each year as it is definitely worth the wait.


Posted: 06/08/2002 at 08:21
Note name change; previous one was too long!

I have been running for c.4 years and have only ever concentrated on high mileage on undulating routes. What I have never broken the back of is the dreaded speedwork. This is obviously your area of expertise, I really struggle to motivate myself and end up thinking "I'll go and run 10 miles rather than do this speed session"!!!! Yesterday however I enlisted the help of a friend who is a 'nutter' when it comes to speedwork so fingers crossed! I desparately want to do a sub 3:30 in Dublin with a sub 3:15 goal for FLM next year.

From what Iain has said above I think I'd go for Manchester as at least it isn't laps and you may have a chance of getting your results quicker, and they give you regular drinks!!!! You will also get a good finishing photo (with clock in shot), a reasonable t-shirt and medal. Oh, the nightlife is fab so rewarding yourself with a beer or two afterwards won't be a problem.


Posted: 05/08/2002 at 18:15
Once did the 3 peaks challenge (walk) Ben Nevis, Scaffel (pardon spelling) and Snowden, a running pal and I chose to run up and down Snowden because we got 'bored' having walked the others. I was much fitter then but I can fully appreciate how hard Skiddaw was!

Not sure about the Kingston Marathon but a lot of people on this site seem interested in it so it could be worth a look and I would have thought it would be flat which is perfect for you.

Good for Age entry for the FLM is the best way for you to get in although a non-running pal of mine entered this years (for a laugh????) and got in first time!!! A few expletives passed my lips when she told me I can tell you!!!

Snowden would be great but yes too hilly for a first one but it is definitely on my list of 'to dos' too.

How are you finding the difference in training, if in fact there is a big difference, pardon my ignorance I have never been a short distance runner.


Posted: 05/08/2002 at 17:55
Skiddaw...ummm sounds pretty hard to me!!!

The hill isn't bad but the route is dismal.
Support in Manchester is pretty poor, I hate to dis it as I am from the area but it isn't one that I shall rush to do again. Having done the FLM I now realise how much more fun the marathon can be with good crowd support even when you are taking the race seriously as I did. There appears to be a YOY decrease in entries for Manchester and I wouldn't be surprised if only 900 run this year. I am doing Dublin because I am hoping that the crowd support will be pretty good (c.10k entrants) but I don't expect it to match London....what can???

Whatever race you decide to run I'm sure you will feel completely exhilirated after it as I did....it's addictive!!!


Posted: 05/08/2002 at 17:04
Old Manchester Marathon route is pretty flat apart from a 3/4 mile hill at c.4/5 miles. It isn't the prettiest of routes but it beats the Commonwealth Games route which was 2 laps I think.

As for results, I did it in 1998 and I don't recall it taking too long to get the results, have you thought about the Robin Hood marathon to be safe?

Just filled in the London entry

Posted: 05/08/2002 at 16:59
I looks like I have a guaranteed entry due to coming in under 3:45 in the FLM 2002 which is pretty cool as I applied no less than 4 times before being accepted for this year!!!! Good Luck everone!
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