Carl D

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Posted: Today at 00:32
Flight was shite. The one hour delay turned into a four hour delay. Am now stuck in rush hour traffic getting into Downtown instead of relaxing. Have given up the idea of going to collect race number from the Expo tonight. So a little hacked off at the moment as should be relaxing......

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Posted: Yesterday at 10:35
Sitting at Heathrow. Flight delayed by an hour !!!!!

I think I have remembered everything that I need to run a marathon. Packing was such fun. Never realised I brought so much stuff with me to a race but guess as I am going so far I am bringing extra stuff just in case !

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Posted: 08/10/2015 at 22:29

just popping in to say a quick hello to all.

Tense night watching the footie - great result - and now busy packing for the trip. There is more running paraphenalia than anything else. Mrs D thinks I am mad and she is most probably correct.

Thanks to all for the good wishes.

Looking forward to the thread meetup. We will do our best to take photos.

Sean - tough luck with teh ankle but at least you smashed your HM PB a few weeks back and were not relying on the race this weekend.

Next post will be from the other side of the pond assuming that the wifi is free in the hotel.

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Posted: 08/10/2015 at 09:17

A nice easy 4 miles for me at 6.30 this morning. Felt good but it was bleedin' cold. Hands never warmed up. 

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Posted: 07/10/2015 at 23:01

PS - just seen that you messaged me back. Looking forward to having a thread meeting !!

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Posted: 07/10/2015 at 22:59

PS - I have messaged you with my contact details.

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Posted: 07/10/2015 at 22:58

Carter - maybe I should get you to do my research on new running routes then !!

Good that you have got a run in and I'm sure the next one will be business as usual.

And as you say there are other priorities in life and sometimes running has to take a back seat. Not often now, but sometimes.

Will - how am I feeling. Not sure is the answer. I hate tapering as the lack of running really plays with my head and I feel sluggish as I am not doing enough. Even though I have resigned I am mad busy getting rid of things at work so have not had much time to think about the weekend. I am really looking forward to it and think when I hit Heathrow on Friday morning the reality that I am flying to the other side of the world to run 26.2 miles will hit home and I will begin to enjoy the experience.

Good strong run from you and sounds like you are in good nick for the GWR.

Robert - you are right. The new job will bring its challenges on many fronts but knowing me I will throw myself into it, focus on running in my spare time and work out how to get enough family time in. Having spoken to a few people I know who do the work away from home stuff, they all say that overall it gives them a better work life balance as when they are at home with the family over the weekend they are truly at home and work does not interfere as it tends to do otherwise.

Have got a massive set of instructions from the Chicago marathon people and getting daily emails with all sorts of updates. Am super impressed with them. Am sure there is something in there about live tracking but need to read it first. Will probably do this on the plane going over and if there is will let you know. 

So my race strategy as Carter cannot wait any longer.

I have a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C.

My A plan is to get a BQ. A BQ in 2017 means a sub 3:25 qualifying time and from what I can work out to guarantee a place I need to be 3:23 or under.

So I intend setting out at a steady 7:45 m/m pace which is why I ran this in my run last night. Should I be feeling strong as I get to mile 16, I will step it up and see where it takes me. While a 3:15 time would be nice I do not want to set out with this as a target in case I force it and blow up and then get my Plan D time. Would be criminal travelling so far and being shit !!

My B plan is to get a sub 3:30 time. If for whatever reason I am not able to keep the 7:45 m/m pace going I will drop back to 8 min miling and work to get the sub 3:30 as this is a milestone to achieve and is a good result.

My C plan is a sub 3:45 and is there in case I have a crap day and cannot run as strong as my training suggests I should do for whatever reason.

As I am in the 7:30 start, I should be finished before it gets too warm so heat should not be a major issue. 

My D plan if i need a D plan is to finish as this is an achievement of a kind even if it is not what I would want today nor imagine I could be satisfied with but sometimes shit happens and all that.

So there you are. Feel free to pick the bones out of that. 

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Posted: 06/10/2015 at 22:58

Ali - just read back your race report. Really good report and excellent controlled race considering you were thinking you were not up for it.

The new job is based about 100 miles west of London, between Cheltenham and Gloucester but due to the nature of the job I will not be there every day every week.

It will be a change for all of us but being honest I was no longer enjoying the job i was doing so I needed a move. This is the type of role I wanted and the choice was stay in London doing something I did not want to be doing any more or get on with things. I chose the latter and will just have to work things out with Mrs D and the kids so that it works for all of us. Many people do this and everyone finds a way to make it work.

Carter - I am sure you are right re running. I will need to get to know w new location, find some decent running routes and get stuck in. As you say it will mean that I focus on quality running during the week as coming home and going out running will not be looked on kindly I am guessing ....

Nell - I did not strictly follow the Hansons plan this time, more used it as a general guide. I reduced my running to 5 days a week rather than the 6 in the plan and reduced the mileage slightly. I was also only training for 12 weeks rather than the 16 in the Spring.

But i did follow the structure of the plan as I like the types of runs / intervals / tempos that it does. Seems to suit me too.

Did 8 miles tonight. Will only run a single run of 4 miles either tomorrow but more likely Thursday. Travel on Friday and a 3 mile amble on Saturday morning.

My 8 miles was 2 miles w/u. 4 miles at 7:45 m/m pace and 2 miles c/d. Everything seems to be ok. Right knee was a little stiff when I started but eased out after 2-3 miles. 

PS - noticed that the forecast seemed to be improving. As we start at 7.30/8.00 in the morning I cannot imagine it will be that warm that early. I was thinking that i would need an old sweater to keep me warm at the start.

Message me with your mobile / contact details as we most definitely must meet. Maybe on the Saturday depending if you have enough time after flying in and getting to the Expo. You are only about 10 blocks away at the north end of North Michigan Avenue. I am staying in the Courtyard Marriott on East Ontario Street. 

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Posted: 05/10/2015 at 22:16

Wow. Such a busy day on here.

Shocking weather down south and looks like will be much the same tomorrow.

Ali - great PB considering the busy life you ahem at the moment. There is no doubt that this club running thing has a lot to do with this. And Nell is right. You have become very competitive with it.

Nell - What a great run from you. And how spooky that it was the exact same time as Alloa. Clearly the 'rest' over the last few months has done you a world of good.

Carter - great to hear that everything is under control and that Mrs C is keeping you on your toes. Only Mrs D travelling with me as the kids are at school. Never gone away and left them alone since they arrived so going to be an interesting experience for all.

PS - I am flying Friday and land around 1pm. So am planning to go to the Expo Friday and get it out of the way. Am staying in the Courtyard Marriott on the Magnificent Mile. Got a great deal when I booked it months ago.

Will - good running from you and reckon you are as ready as can be for your GWR.

Sean - great that the ankle seems to have held up. Would not be concerned about being sluggish. In no time you will be flying around like a gazelle as normal.

Robert - great 13 mile run from you. Sounds like you are where you want to be and just need to nurse yourself to the start line. Am expecting a great new PB on the day. Everyone I know who has run Abingdon has only good things to say about it and last year loads of people got new PB's.

Those of you who were on here a year ago will remember that I went through some hell at work.

As well as keeping the training going over the last two months, I have also been sorting myself out a new job and today I had the pleasure of telling my boss that I am off.

Starting the new job mid November. I work in the construction industry on big projects and having been fortunate to work near home for many years, I am taking a job that will mean I am way during the week. It is a really good job and am looking forward to it but like all things in life it will bring with it a whole new set of challenges.

So far everyone at home is on board with this but obviously closer to the time it will become real.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 18:22

Hope those racing today got what they were looking for and are broadly content.

And that those trying to get in some training have managed something.

I was later going out today than planned and was a little tired having got how from the rugby quite late last night.

So quickly decided that it would only be 4 miles as no point in pushing it and was really not up for it.

One week to go.

Have just been looking back at my Richmond Park splits from earlier this year. I ran the first 16 miles at an average of 7:50 min/mile - but not constant pace at all - and finished with an 8:09 min/mile average overall. This means that in the last 10 miles I was giving back about 50 secs per mile. 

I think I have settled on a plan for the race and will let you know closer to race day what it is. 

All about ticking over now, getting plenty of rest and getting ready for the trip to the other side of the pond on Friday.

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