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Adequate gloves for very VERY COLD weather..

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:47

May be a bit bizarre looking at gloves at this time of year but I figured I might be able to pick some up reduced as it's well out of season.

I'm after some SUPER cold weather running gloves, capable of keeping my mitts warm during even the coldest of winters. I was doubling up with some cheapo Karrimor and plain woolly ones last winter but the cold was still getting in, and once it was in it was there to stay. I was getting up at 4.30am to get long runs in before work but it was taking 15 minutes to get the key in the door (!) then another 20 to fully defrost before my hand were capable of functioning correctly, and even then they were in agony as the warmth came back into them!

So can anyone suggest / recommend a pair that they've found to keep out even the coldest of conditions? I don't mind shelling out a fair bit (prob up to £40) for a pair as I know I'll get my moneys worth out of them.....

Thanks guys 

deferred GFA

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 21:16

Ace, cheers mate

deferred GFA

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 21:08

I'd imagine I'll have stuck 3:00 or thereabouts down but it was that long ago that I haven't got a clue...! Certainly wouldn't have put any slower. Any idea if they'll be the chance to amend this prediction as I wouldn't mind a bash at 2:50 on a flatter London course, and the weather would be going some to be worse than Boston last Monday too!

So there's more than one pen for the GFA start?

deferred GFA

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 20:39

I was wondering the same thing Pi Man, and have a similar question for anyone in the know;

I ran 3:03 in Milan last Spring which got me the GFA place for the this years (2015) VLM. That time later also got me accepted into Boston so I deferred this years VLM place until 2016 (in favour of this years Boston) .I believe they email all deffered entrants by June 1st with a link to enter next years race?

However, I've since bettered my GFA time by running 2:55 at Boston last week. Do I need to declare this quicker time to VLM? E.G. is there any benefit to posting a quicker time in relation to your starting pen in the race? Obviously I've not knocked enough off to get onto the Championship start but I've not been in the GFA area before and therefore don't know if it has 'pens' of it's own based on time? Or is it just a more civilized version of the masses, only based further forward?

Ta 

I hope that all makes sense, it's a bit of a nightmare to explain! 

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:09

Weather's still looking a bit grim over there, the snow obviously actually have any effect on the race itself (unless it continues into April!)  but I hope its long gone by the time we arrive, purely from a tourist point of view! 

Looks like the Celtics are making a late play-off push too which could be encouraging...

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 13:25

Ooh I might pop into the pre-race party for a mooch when it opens then, think it's about 4.30pm on the Sunday.

Likewise, has anyone been to the 'Mile 27' post-race party? Says it was an 'open ball-park' at Fenway Park last year, surely they don't actually let you out onto the turf? Looking to make a big night of it after the race, I assume everywhere in the centre is rammed with people celebrating.....?

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 17:21

Steve - did you go to the 'Pre Race Pasta Party' on the sunday evening? Any good? 

http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/marathon-weekend/sunday-events.aspx

Also, how was the bus-ride from Boston out to Hopkinton? Good natured or is everyone all nervous? And am I right in thinking it's about an hour, getting you to the Athletes Village a couple of hour prior to the start?

Whats actually in the 'village'? Any freebies coffee-wise?! 

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 19:17

That's the kind of info I like to hear Steve! I'll be directing all my questions your way from now on!

Jimbob - was thinking of doing the 5K at MARATHON race-pace, should (in theory) feel right easy. Wouldnt dare risk going all-out at 5K pace just a couple of days before! 

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 12:33

Apologies for the complete lack of contribution on my behalf, hardly get on the laptop nowadays and attempting to get on here on my old iPhone is a complete lost cause!

Nice to see folk's training coming along well, not too bad at my end, just permanently adopting a 'proceed with caution' approach to the whole thing, avoiding injury is #1!

I must say though, that I'm ridiculously excited by the entire thing, from the flight, to the weekend itself, and the sheer volume of gluttony I'll be indulging in the aftermath! We flu out from Leeds Bradford on Friday morning, change in Dublin then direct to Logan from there, land 2pm.

Saturday morning we're both doing the 5K, outrageously steep at $50 (£33!) for a 5K but I know I'd be itching if I were there and had to just watch. Will treat it either as a trot or maybe at race-pace depending on how I'm feeling. Will have a good mooch around the Expo in the afternoon.

Sunday we'll go for a VERY light jog around, maybe follow the 'Freedom Trail' I've read about before resting up and attempting to avoid eating a load of crap in the process....when I'm bored I eat!

Monday, well, we know what Monday entails.

Like Jimbob I was right keen to take in some of the sporting fixtures but the NFL season is over, as will be the NHL by then. The NBA playoffs will have started but it looks like the Celtics are pretty poor this year and might not make it that far.

Obviously theres the baseball on the Friday and the morning of the marathon. We'll be a little pre-occupied for the latter and I'm a bit deterred by the fact that the Friday game is Pre-Marathon. If I'm going to watch the Red Sox I want the full experience- BOOZE, HOT-DOGS, PRETZELS etc, not exactly good tactics 48 hours to race day! 

Also enjoy reading tips etc from those who've run before on practicality issues etc, I'm a bit of a research geek and love a bit of pre-race info! More to the point, I assume Boston has a fairly decent boozing scene?! We don't fly back until Friday 24th so want to get in as much as we can......!

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:09

Well Jimbob, after bumping into you on both the Paris and Sub3 threads, I'll be jumping in on this one too. Got the confirmation email last week, ran 3:03:25 in Milan back in April and thus survived the cut-off by 33 seconds!

All aboard the Boston bus!

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