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Running Books

Posted: Today at 11:28

Didn't like the Murakami "What I think About ..." at all  . . .
Ghost Runner & Duel in the Sun agree with above praise; Noakes is a great reference volume with very readable profiles of distance running greats & their training methods - 
also recommend
The First Four Minutes - Roger Bannister
From Last to First - Charlie Spedding
The Perfect Distance (Ovett & Coe) - Pat Butcher
and the daddy of them all - Ron Hill's autobiography
The Long Hard Road (volumes one and two) - astonishingly detailed account of a running career



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Posted: 15/04/2014 at 10:20

Martin,Ant,Marrows,Minni - excellent reporting
Martin - sub2:45 is a great landmark achieved - many congrats
Marrows - 530 places net gain in last 4 miles- cracking effort  . . .more to come?
Minni - nice perspective, and good endurance to keep going (wine-wise) . . . . .
Ant - probably accurate with your analysis (missed long runs), but the key phrase "I gave it my all" stands out - you could do no more on the day, so sombrero off to you ! 

easing back into things here - 5 days rest after Manc, then 7 Sat, 5 Sun, 0 Mon, 6 today.   

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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:37

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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:53

Well, the (admittedly minor) sane part of me says "call it a day" and stick to half mara and under - Manchester was a pretty positive experience, and we know that's never guaranteed - but also yesterday's tales from here are inspiring, so maybe, maybe  . . .

mind, if VLM was completed, I would then have to do another (Loch Ness)? to secure the 26 completions (not in the half-century league, but a tempting goal nonetheless) . . . .still,

it would be a pleasure & a privilege to buy beer for many on here, so if I keep the Birch piggy-bank topped up, then who knows  . . . . . .

Sub 3h15

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:31

Well executed strategy, TR - you had a pretty good idea of what was possible in the circs, and were just about spot-on with the judgement (neither overcooking things nor being over-cautious).  Kudos.  

Sub 3h15

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 17:30

TR - you must be happy with the result after the (to put it mildly) less than ideal campaign? 

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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:53

Well - more tales from the front line coming in  . . .
already congratulated one or two, but to expand - OO seriously, that is a top display and result so soon after Paris - big admiration !  
same to our half-centurion, Mr Poacher - (you are a warrior, sir)
PB's from Marrows ( you did what the evidence suggested was possible, and executed perfectly
Lit ( great result, and heroic refuelling)
SB - well done, big chunk knocked off  . . .
- deserved kudos to you, sir                      
Speedy ( so, so pleased for you, nothing less than was expected                                       here- hard work, race plan, execution (neg split once more),                                 and good rehydration "I'm a bit drunk"!! Rightly so, too!)   

AR - well toughed out, esp in view of the "drop out now" voices having already started their whispering ; fine reporting, too
Lastly, Minni, - DNF's aren't the end of the world, I can say from experience; you'll be back.
Philip - if you have ended your marathon career, then best wishes to you for the shorter (not lesser) distances.  

ps - I've seen TR's result, so get on here man and report !!!




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Posted: 13/04/2014 at 20:18

OO, Lorenzo  well done, chaps  . . .

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Posted: 13/04/2014 at 18:40

Great result, Martin !  

Sub 3h15

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 15:57

Speedy - yes she is !  

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