Charles Jans

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London Marathon - your thoughts?

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 17:47

I was a bit cheeky and started the race from the front of the championships pen. Nowhere near fast enough to justify that but as I'm unlikely to qualify again I thought WTH.

anyway had a great bonus when Paula stepped out to great cheers and slotted in right next to me. Not every race you toe the line with the world record holder, will remember that for a long time!

Pacing problem

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 14:30

If you are training for a marathon I would build distance, then speed. As you increase mileage you will slow down, but then the pace will come back naturally as the body gets used to the distance.

As a general rule, most people do their slow runs too quickly, and quick runs too slowly. 

I would follow your marathon plan as closely as you can. Back off the distance for a while if you experience knee pain. When you have a decent mileage base then do one session a week (tempo or intervals) at eyeballs out, but the rest at a steady / easy pace.

Cutting half the field every six miles

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 12:22

I would absolutely love to see a velodrome-style 'elimination' running race where the last placed runner is eliminated every lap of the track. 25 participants starting with the winner running 10k total - would be awesome but brutal.


10 top marathons

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 14:36

Done and would recommend should be on a top 10:

Berlin, London, Stockholm


Done and wouldn't suggest are a priority:

Dublin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Dartmoor Vale


On my bucket list (but will probably never do):

New York, Tokyo, Boston, Fukuoka, Abingdon

Have you ever been first in an event?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:29

I won the Dartmoor vale marathon a couple of years ago (v small race with about 150 runners)

What was very surreal was being led by the guide vehicle, a large 4x4 driving 20m ahead of me at all times. I was completely alone for most of the race (won by 20 minutes in the end) apart from this truck.

Sprinting at the end of a long run

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 21:28

Suspect it has limited benefits beyond mentally building for the kick for home, but would doubt it does much harm and if you enjoy it then why not.

If you're seeking a 'no pain no gain' approach, could try splitting the long run into a 4+1 or 5+1, and jack the pace up and hold it throughout the last 15-20% of the distance. 

Beetroot juice

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 14:46

Agree condition differences between the two make comparisons difficult but my takeaway was that beetroot could have added at most a few seconds and most probably nothing at all. 

Beetroot seems to have the attention of sports scientists and a few pro athletes. i wasn't convinced and wanted my own data. If you don't think this provides any relevant evidence then fine. Not sure it warrants the abuse above though tbh.


Beetroot juice

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 23:14

Amsterdam marathon oct 2013:

Pint of beetroot juice daily pre-race.  Decent training (90-105km pw). Flat course, laser focus, all-out effort, even pacing. Result: 2.43 pb

London marathon apr 2014:

no beetroot juice. No training at all for previous 6 months beyond a couple of 20k and some erging. Hot day, no attempt on pb, bad pacing (4min pos split). 30sec pee break at 20 miles. Result: 2.47.

now you can argue how much of that 4 mins the lack of training and focus contributed to, but my feeling is that with better prep I could have replicated the 2.43 pb and that beet root juice has no effect at all. 

My 2p-worth

London Marathon chip malfunction

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 11:35

Interesting that runners in the championships are given 2 chips... suggesting that the organizers have less than 100% confidence in them. Wonder what the annual failure rate is.

Sub 3 hour London Marathon 2014 VLM

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:59
literatin wrote (see)

Lots of people around PP were telling him (or each other) that he was going too fast, but I think that was just wishful thinking on their parts - but he started right at the front and the other pacers may not have.

Btw, well done on your amazing time CD - just stalked you on the sub 3 thread. 


i believe PP finished in 2:58:46, which is pretty much exactly what you'd hope for from a 2:59 pacer. This is in contrast to the other 3 hr pacers, one of whom finished slightly outside 3hrs (not ideal) and another who seems to have vanished after 25k. Now i get why they need 3 pacers for every time cat.


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