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Posted: Today at 08:00

PS - make sure you run fast enough so that you have finished by the time the hotter weather arrives ! Or you could just run with your bladder so you have a plentiful source of water 

Nell - no I haven't read that book. I have so many running books, and loads on the list waiting to read, that Mrs C is starting to think I am getting obsessed with this running malarkey !

Ali - as we have said many times, you have to deal with the circumstances of life and work and manage your running around that. You certainly seem to be doing an excellent job of that at the moment so you keep at it.

Carl - I enjoy running in new places. I would be pouring over maps for hours to try and find various routes of differing lengths, elevation and terrain etc. Or just go out and explore, that can also be fun. When will you be divulging your race strategy to us, we are all eagerly awaiting. 

Well, I did something yesterday that I haven't done in ages, I went out for a run ! Just a few miles while Mrs C was resting. The legs felt good to start with but quickly became quite sluggish due to the recent bout of inactivity. I'm sure after a couple of more runs they will soon be feeling ok again. I'm back at work in the office today for the first time since the op. I should be able to get some rest here compared to how things have been at home recently. The patient is doing quite well now but it's going to be a very slow process getting back to normal. Not much pain but still quite uncomfortable for her but at least she isn't overdoing things. Time for me to start preparing for next weeks RRR50; all being well, Mrs C will be ok to be left on her own for a few hours but, of course, if she isn't then I will be giving it a miss.

So, its PS and Carl running Chicago on Sunday, Washwood has the Oxford HM and Sean is running the Royal Parks HM, a busy weekend ahead....

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: Yesterday at 12:47

Nell - you ignorance is pardoned !! Round Rotherham 50 in a weeks time. It's not the most exciting route as it passes through the outskirts of Sheffield and goes close by, and on occasions through, some industrial areas. Rotherham isn't exactly a green and pleasant land either. I did the St Cuthberts Way ultra in June which was 'only' 47 miles and this RRR50 is more for psychological reasons as I really want to get a 50 done by the end of the year. It is also a pre-requisite for the SDW100 that you have completed a 50 miler in the last 2 years so the sooner I can get that done the better.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: Yesterday at 08:35

PS – not long to go now !

Sean – there always seems plenty of scarecrows around whenever I’ve passed through Leeds, or maybe that’s just the fashion up there.

Will – I think I’m ready despite not having run for a week now. The legs feel well rested and I’ve got some decent long runs in in the last few weeks. Would like to have done a bit more but I am where I am so will just have to get on with it. Sounds like you are in decent form at the moment so no doubt you will be having a crack at a PB in your HM ?

Nell – excellent pacing at Glasgow, I assume you were trying to get the same time as at Alloa ??

Ali – of course you deserve your PB. You don’t just turn up to a race and given a PB, you have to work damned hard to achieve one. If you  want to knock a decent chunk off your time why don’t you train specifically for one ? I bet people will be asking you for your autograph now that you are famous ! I like the fact that you are now getting more competitive, I think that will help you get the results you want.

Carl – congratulations on the new job. Looking at it purely from your point of view working away from home during the week might mean it is easier to get some quality runs in !! I’m sure you will enjoy the experience. Good luck with it and hope you enjoy it

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Posted: Yesterday at 08:20

11/10 Chicago Marathon – PS, Carl

11/10 Royal Parks HM – Sean

11/10 Oxford HM – washwood

17/10 RRR 50 - Carter

18/10 Abingdon Marathon – Robert

18/10 Great West Run HM - Will

24/10 Snowdonia Marathon - Sean

25/10 Candleford Canter 10k – washwood

01/11 New York Marathon – PS

07/11 Thames Meander Marathon - Robert

22/11 Clowne HM - Carter

29/11 Benidorm HM – washwood

13/12 Andy Reading 10k - washwood


19/03 Hardmoors 55 - Carter

03/14 Paris Marathon – Carl 

10/04 Manchester Marathon - washwood

17/04 Brighton Marathon - Will

24/04 London Marathon - Mrs R

28/5 Kent Roadrunner marathon - Rob

11/06 South Downs Way 100 - Carter

19/08 Mr & Mrs C – Wedding 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 14:15

PS - working from home today and tomorrow then will probably go back to work on Wednesday for a rest. Stay calm, you know all the hard graft has already been done. There is nothing wrong with a bit of intensity this week but, as you know, don't overdo it. Personally, I would give everything a miss this week except a couple of short runs. Get plenty of rest and stop twisting your body into unnatural positions at this pilates class ! Have you had a massage so close to race day before ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 09:45

Nell – good to hear from you again. Sounds like you’ve been rather busy so well done for keeping the running ticking over. How did you get on in the HM ? Mrs C has had her gallbladder removed. Not quite straight forward as she lost a lot of blood so had to be kept in. She is home now but feeling very weak still. Plenty of rest and then slowly get back into things. The house is actually like a well-oiled machine ! GFA, yes, fairly confident I could get under 3:15 if I trained for it. However, my priority next year is the South Downs Way 100 in June so an all-out attempt on a spring marathon probably wouldn’t do me any favours. I will probably wait until next Autumn to have a crack at it now.

Washwood – I would sooner be running the roads than a house ! I think your plan for next year sounds very sensible.

Robert – no bell is necessary for Mrs C as I am on hand all the time at the moment ! A cracking new PB at the weekend for you, I think it shows you that this current training plain is working very well for you so obviously we are now expecting a PB at Abingdon too ! Chelsea – oh dear !

PS – Mrs C is not too bad ta, just being a pain in the arse as she is not the best patient. So, only a week to go. How are you feeling ? Have you settled on your race strategy ? Just seen you have decided on 8:45/8:50 pace.

Carl – everything is under control here. Nothing has gone wrong yet and nothing will !! No running for me in the last week. Hopefully that will be a good thing as I just tick over now for the next couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to hearing what your race strategy is going to be. When do you fly out ? Is it just Mrs Carl going with you or the kids as well ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 17:09

Got my 'you are a loser and not running at London' email earlier. Apparently, about 160k of the 280k applicants have never run a marathon before. Would be interesting to see some stats about who did and who didn't get a place. Mrs C is home now but still in some discomfort. I have taken over the running of the house now but no doubt she will be telling me how to do this and that and what I'm doing is wrong. Let the fun begin...

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 00:00

1) I didn't realise it was London time already. I've not heard anything but don't really care anyway. 

2) well done to those with a yay for London, commiserations to those with a nay

3) Taper madness - listen to those who arent tapering, those people are still calm and rational

4) those racing soon - have confidence in your training, your ability and your will to smash it out there

5) Mrs C had some not totally unexpected complications in that she bled more than is normal, as she does. She is being kept in overnight as a precautionart measure. Thank you all for your concern and asking after her

6) No run was possible but hey it's not the end of the world. might get one in tomorrow, might not. The main thing is to be there for Mrs C

7) I need sleep. Goodnight 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 08:41

PS – 17 miles was a psychological barrier that you used to have but you knocked that down in your last marathon when the pain didn’t arrive until mile 23. Let’s look at your recent long runs – 20/9 was 20.9 miles @ 8:33. Let’s say Strava was out by 30 seconds per mile that is still averaging 9:00 min miles. Let’s say Strava wasn’t out then 8:33 in a training run is bloody tremendous. 13/09 was 17.0 @ 8:42. 06/09 was 20.0 @ 8:51. 23/08 was 20.1 @ 9:04. The only comment I would make about those runs are that you have done 4 long runs in 5 weeks, that might be too many in such a short space of time. So, you’re trying to tell us that after a great training plan and a good 3 week taper, let’s not forget you’ve lost a bit of timber as well, you think you would struggle to run 8:30 at Chicago ? You said “I’d almost venture to say that I ran pretty conservatively” – yet you got a new PB at NJ. I’m struggling to understand why you think you can’t run a bit faster in a race compared to your long training runs ?? As for gels, for both my marathons I have felt on the limit from around 20 miles so took a gel every mile or so and found these really helped. Could this be why you have been struggling towards the end of previous marathons, because your body has simply run out of fuel ? I think that you can break 3:45 but you need to go into the race feeling positive that you can do it. And when you've finished, then you can have a beer....

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 08:40

Carl - look at that last comment above, PS is actually agreeing with something I said !! On a serious note though, everything really does point at a time getting very close to 3:15. Yes, Richmond Park didn't give you an official PB time but, as PS points out, we all know that you did it and more importantly YOU know you did it. It was a trail race which will reduce your speed by 10/15 seconds per mile and that is if they are well cut, easy going trails. Next, there was, I believe, about 1700ft of elevation and that is obviously going to have an impact on your fitness later in the race and therefore your average pace. So, let’s put that into perspective; I'm suggesting that you can run at the same pace on an off road, hilly route and on a flattish, road route. In my mind, that really is a no brainer. So, while I'm not suggesting 3:30 is a given, it is as near a given as anything could possibly be when running in a marathon (assuming things don't go against you on the day of course). From what I recall, some of you MLRs this year have been around the 16/18 mile mark and you knocked these out somewhere near an average of 7:30-7:45. And these seemed fairly comfortable and you had a bit left in the fuel tank, so much so that you were able to go out for a decent run the following day. My only concern with the Hansons plan is the distance of the long runs, to me the plan isn't specific enough for marathon training i.e. the long runs aren't long enough. However, both you and Nell (wherever he is ??) have both proved this plan works for you, so what do I know. One of your comments was "you only have to hold it together for 3.5 hours". I disagree with that; running at your marathon pace will feel fairly comfortable for the first 20 miles and then, when the pain comes, you will only have to hang on for 40 minutes or so. Regardless of what you say Carl, the stats all add up to you being able to get very close to 3:15. However, and this is the most important thing in all this, you have to be comfortable and confident in your race strategy. I can sit here all day spouting off but if you think I’m talking a load of rubbish then you need to ignore what I say. I, and everyone on here, firmly believe that you can achieve the 3:15. 

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