Dave the Flower

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sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 19:00

Double days are great! 6 miles in the morning before brekkie, 8-10 in the evening before dinner...it's a winner. And, you can feel pretty smug about it too!

HRR - you are really getting back on track now aren't you? Great to hear, it's been far too long. Long slow runs are surely the way to go.

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 07:12

Lesson 6 is a given surely? I saw that photo of Gordon's black and battered eye the other month!

Wabo - I'm not known for being sensible but on this occasion I guess I had to be! When I saw a friend of mine from the club, himself a 3hr30 man, struggle home in 4hr15 or something, I thought it's just not worth all the pain!

At least my legs have recovered ok, but I'm taking it easy for a while - no more 160 mile months or 60 mile weeks for me for a while!

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 07:08

Well...I've entered two local races and ordered a foam roller. That's a start! 

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:13

Lesson 1: Try to stick to a recognised training plan rather make it up as you go along

Lesson 2: Do more speedwork, Marathon Pace runs and a few races

Lesson 3: Get tight hamstrings treated early rather than hope they'll just go away 

Lesson 4: Don't get a cold that lays you flat for the 3 weeks before a marathon

Lesson 5: A DNF is not all bad, I convinced myself it takes a lot of inner strength to make yourself give in and hop on the bus back to the finish!

My first ever DNF, but I'm not too surprised. There's no way I wanted to struggle around from 15 miles and do a 4hr20+ marathon in such a small field. Not at all defeatist just a bit of realism. I wanted to run 3hr40 and until 13 was on track but of course that doesn't count! At least the ride back in the ambulance with 2 other men my age was enjoyable (N.B. 40 something year old men are obviously more prone to DNF than others!)

Now I'm home my legs are in a little bit of spasm and there's a touch of sciatica thrown in for good measure. I shall buy a foam roller this week and get back to some short stuff for a while.

Great to see Fido (just the once) my enthusiastic High 5 was all show of course, by 14 miles the writing was on the wall!

On a positive note Alastair from our club came second in 2:32 which he's delighted about!


sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 20:56

I'm all ready...quite excited actually

Been feeding up today on all the right things (which for me has been a glut of nuts, cheese, full fat milk, salmon, eggs, seeds, salad, vegs, full fat Greek yoghurt with, yes you've guessed it, nuts and also plenty of water through the day)

Off at 6ish in the morning, meeting up with 2 or 3 other New Forest Runners there, will start off steady and see how I feel. The forecast is looking ok, a bit breezy perhaps, but warm. I'm taking no gels or water and will rely on the water around the route (as per all my training runs) although may tuck a few things in my pouch.

I haven't raced for yonks, but I've enjoyed the training. Plenty of miles in the legs this year so hopefully it will all pay off.

Catch up tomorrow at some point!

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 16:53

I am getting just a little bit excited now... so that's a good sign!

Thanks for the support and advice everyone!

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 21:19


Well, did go to the club tonight and joined fellow Abingdon-er in a 5 mile trot in the dark while everyone else stayed at the track for intervals. It went ok... he dropped me about about 2.5 miles in but I managed a fairly progressive effort finishing quite strong at 7:45 pace.

I know I'll end up giving Abo a go - I'm not going to waste all that training and the lurgy has certainly passed by now. I'll start easy and see how it goes.

Will now concentrate on nutrition and will be off to Aldi to stock up on smoked salmon, avocado and nuts 

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 13:20

Right...some serious advice needed!

I've never been in this position before and actually don't know what to do.

I am still not 100% following the lurgy from hell, still coughing a bit, still a bit snotty (sorry) and still feeling generally jaded.

Do I:

1) Get up at 6am on Sunday, drive to Abingdon, attempt to run 26.2 miles and face the consequences - good or bad?

2) Stay in bed, feel genuinely dreadful that I've spent most of the summer (and late Spring if you include the additional base training I did) training for a sub 3hr40 marathon only to miss it all 'cos I feel a bit poorly?

3) Zip up the man-suit, get on my best racing shorts, Vaseline-up the important areas and go for it as was always the plan?

Difficult, I know because none of you are me, but I'm hoping someone might talk some sense into me...

Answers on a postcard please

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 12:04
Still coughing = not happy

Abo in doubt?
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