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Chicago Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 14:25

already booked the Travelodge right on Grant park so should be able to fall out of bed to the start/finish area. Just need the flights and then wait for the entry bit

Chicago Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 11:26

Ballot open in March as is guaranteed entry method - i am planning this one as my 4th major - done Berlin, London and Boston so far - anyone done the guaranteed entry route before - do they have a limit for the number of qualifiers they will allow in?

Boston and London

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 11:37

i did it last year - have done a few doubles before so was reasonably confident with this one - set off at london with a view to a good run but not flat out, at the first water station i stood on a bottle and rolled my ankle so i backed off for a few miles to recover. In the back of my mind i knew Boston was coming and it was my main focus. Two miles out at London i realised i was on for sub 3 so i sprinted the last two miles but missed it by 28 seconds. Not gutted though as had done it before so felt reasonably fresh for Boston. No running in between, flew out on the Friday morning and did the usual walk around the city for the saturday, legs felt great,

Race day - everything felt ok even though we had to set off for the start at 6am with all the new security which was understandable. It was a warm/hot day and felt ok at the start - but then we set off!!

That first 3-4 miles are all downhill and fast downhill - as we all know getting downstairs are reasonably hard at the best of times after a race but that fast downhill section just made me realise how my legs where not 100% - i think if it was flat or uphill i could have eased into it but you just cannot help but go quick down that hill. Got to about 13 miles and realised a fast time was not possible so just enjoyed the hot sunny day and the girls at mile 13

Advice - do it but do what you can to make sure those thigh muscles have repaired before hand - maybe take London easy and enjoy it rather than racing so you are better recovered for Boston. Above all both are great and have their own charm - i just look back at Boston and whilst it wasn't my quickest i can say i made it to the start line and nothing beats that.

Frankfurt Marathon 2014

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 08:48

Bad!! Was really not happy with my shoes before the race - you know the thing where you keep lacing and re-lacing them. Had been out for about 50 miles in them before so they were not totally new. Found the first half too tight and twisty so could not get going for ages then about 7 miles in was in agony with my left foot. Knew i was blistering already with my shoes rubbing (Adidas have put a plastic cage around the midfoot on the new boosts which is a mistake). Then my little toe started going numb. Anyway after 19 miles of pure agony i got in with a 3:19, which meant i had only 40 minutes to get through the finish and back to my hotel for a 2pm checkout so i just kept running (well jogging at this point) - about a mile and a half later i got to the hotel and could finally check the feet - my right foot had two huge blood blisters on the inside, the little toe had the nail hanging off and blistered. Left foot was also a mess but not on that scale. Anyway - three toe nails lost already i am just managing to be able to walk properly. 

Views on the race in general - city OK, some places where a little dodgy. Organisation was good, the course was a lot tighter and more twisty than it thought for such a fast course really could not get going when i like to get away quick in the first half. I always gauge a course by if i come away thinking i would like to run again but sadly for this one its a no, just ticking it off as done.

Frankfurt Marathon 2014

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 08:38

we received an email with registration stuff (8th august for me) which you can print off - but it also says you can just bring ID.

Adidas Boost Trainers, anyone had a run in a pair yet?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 15:10

as said before - 6 marathons in Boost - is that enough?  

My current pair (about to be retired before Frankfurt this weekend) have done London 2014, Boston 2014 the week after and then Liverpool a few weeks after that - plus all the training for Frankfurt on Sunday - a few half marathons in between for fun! Still as soft as day one - a little pf the spring is gone but only a fraction. The durability is fantastic. my only wish is that they would put the continental rubber sole on all models for grip but aside from that there is no wear on the sole at all (i do mid foot neutral strike though). I use the energy boost though not the Boston boost. 

Frankfurt Marathon 2014

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 09:26

cheers guys - another night of icing it and it feels a lot better today so hopefully ok.

when is everyone going out - i'm on flight from manchester on friday lunchtime? Panic set in when i saw Lufthansa had been on strike this week  


Frankfurt Marathon 2014

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 20:06

not out tonight but then who is in this weather! Will try a very gentle one on Thursday before i fly out friday just to see.

Frankfurt Marathon 2014

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 11:19

i'm in a pickle too - went for an easy 15 on Saturday and about mile 10 i was running down a pavement with railings on the roadside - got about 1/4 mile down and some workmen had blocked the pavement so it was either go back or jump the railings (about 4ft) - guess what i did - i got on the top then lost my footing, went airborne and landed on my thigh on the top of the rail then down onto the road - probably looked rally funny and i can see the funny side except for the monumental bruise and dead leg i know have. Tried a gentle 4-5 last night and it still hurts but i can move it - i think its going to be one of those where i am running in pain but i can block it out and maintain pace. Ice and compression between now and Sunday. Is a dead leg that bad an injury to run on? Could i cause any other damage say 20 miles in?

Adidas Boost Trainers, anyone had a run in a pair yet?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 09:01

used to run in the Adidas Glides and hovered around the 3.30 mark for the marathon - consistently had niggles around the calves - moved to the original Energy Boost when they came out and initially had trouble with the snug fit aounnd the top of the shoe - i remember them rubbing a fair bit but after about 10 runs they began to fit a lot better. Performance wise all i can say is that 'it does exactly what it says on the tin'. I have never felt so much 'rebound' of a pair of shoes and for a shoe that was so light when normally at that weight you are talking about low cushioning shoes. The cushioning was unbelievable yet you felt like you where being propelled forward with every stride. I am not an Adidas Sales Rep by the way

Anyway - i have now done 6 marathons in them, had at least three pairs now and my new record is 2:57:27!! I am not saying they will make you run faster - although they may help - but i think what they offer is the 'feeling' of running faster which in turn gives you the confidence to actually run faster. I know in training because i feel so comfortable and almost 'bullet proof' as since changing my injuries have reduced dramatically, i feel like i can push it all the time which has resulted in the dramatic PB change. 

My advice - you have to at least try them, they are different and to me a fantastic 'invention' that has revolutionized my running but probably more in a mental than physical way - will it help you? That is something that i cannot say but i know they are the reason i am now sub 3hrs.

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