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Boston Marathon 2016 Registration

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 17:43

Nicole, a few years ago I was in the same position (OK it was 14 seconds) and I did exactly the same, splashed the cash, had a great time & don't regret it at all.

Sports tours folk start in the last wave so it's a very relaxed atmosphere

Marathon with only 18 mile long run ?

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 17:20

I'm sure people have done the marathon with a training background like that when it wasn't their first, and they had (in the longer term) the training base and experience to sort of muddle through. 

But your first? It might be a thought to look for a marathon you really like the sound of, next spring (or even at the turn of the year if you can afford it), book in for that, and then just have a nice weekend in Dublin but focus on recovery.

Alternatively you could follow the physio's advice for getting to the start line *healthy*, crosstrain as you can but don't go mad, throw a walk break in every five minutes and reduce your expectations as much as you can.


I've had similar experiences myself so I know marathons *can* be finished with pretty awful prep but it is SOOOO much more pleasant if you're healthy and have got solid training in.

I'm running the VLM!

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 10:11

You've not had a lot of answers because clearly you are a sensible person who runs consistently and therefore WILL BE FINE. If you look at the HH plans you'll see they won't look that different from what you're doing already. But at the very peak of training, instead of  a week where you do

3 miles, 4 miles, 3 miles, 5 miles

you'll do

5 miles, 10 miles, 5 miles, 20 miles

which, er, I know may seem a lot now , but remember: if it wasn't much work doing a marathon, no-one would be impresssed .

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 09:59

Re undulations - there are no actual hills but there is a rise where the course exits Abingdon and heads south towards Drayton. 

The last 2-3 miles (from the town centre back to Tilsley Park) are very very slightly uphill, basically because the town slopes down to the river at the centre. I would say that is not an issue, nor (I power walked it once and it took 14 seconds) is the underpass (man up, people!!). The fact that those last miles are through pretty quiet suburbs is worse!

AFAIK there are no portaloos but the foliage level is still fairly good. In 2006 (my first marathon!) a kind spectator let me use their loo, so it's always worth asking ...


I'm running the VLM!

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 16:39

Have a look at the Hal Higdon Novice plans - there is one which takes people more or less from scratch over 30 weeks, so you could look at where your current activity lines up with that.

Seriously, hard to go wrong with a Hal Higdon novice plan - very simple and reliable.

London marathon mags

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 12:06

I don't think people realize that it's much easier to get a London Marathon place through running clubs. In my (admittedly limited) experience of 2 clubs, the ratio of applicants to places is more like 2-1 or 1-1. The thing is at running clubs, for a lot of members, either they can get GFA places anyway, OR they have run London already and are now interested in other events.

And it's much less effort to show your face at a local club now and again (I get the "but I'm busy on club night evenings" thing, but you can still run in the club vest in races and/or help out at the odd club event at the weekend) than to try to raise £2k sponsorship. 

How accurate are the race pacers?

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 10:44

It's surprisingly tricky. We had pacers at parkrun last year and I was doing 30 mins - had gone out onto the course beforehand and done a test run to check my pace. Before KM1 I found myself on the shoulder of mr 28 mins, who was finding himself cruelly betrayed by his GPS watch...

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 10:28

Don't worry FRC you're not obliged to feel inspired all the time. Your inspiration engine needs rest like everything else!

A friend from Comrades 2011 has just done IM - I think it's easy to think ' oh yeah could so do it' but when it comes to it, it's a LOT of work.


Just come back from hols - a week in Antwerp, another in Barcelona - was sooo odd being in a flat European city in autumn and not picking up a number at an expo! I kept on having to remind myself! Have had issues with bedbugs and mice (to cut long story short) which frankly could do without, horribly stressful, makes it hard to sleep. We couldn't have a cat sadly (the dogs are not cat-safe). Right now I would so love a terrier or whippet, though...

Thanks for the reminder HRR, must volunteer for parkrun this weekend. 

Off to see the Fizz this evening. I've been doing the rehab, I guess it averages out to once every other day - the full lot takes over an hour. Got terribly frustrated with the one legged squat because I would basically just stand on one leg and start falling over, which meant I wasn't using (and thus developing) *any* muscles whatsoever, such as the ones needed to, er, stop me falling over. But found something on the interwebs that said, start by doing it in a door frame (in short) and that has helped a bit.

It's up and down - some days I can walk more than I could (before the knee starts kicking off and clicking) but others, I just get up and I'm like, "WTF, it's 8am and you're playing up already?!" so....

Not the end of the world of course and aside from the VERMIN I'm quite content really!

Comrades 2016

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 16:19
You will - am marshalling @ mile 1 - + you may well lap me.

Joining a running club

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 17:39

Hi Joy, You can usually look up local race results online. This is what I did when I was thinking of joining the local club and I reassured myself that I was, at least, as fast as club member X (who admittedly was then in his late 70s)

It is pretty normal to be nervous. My friend - who got me into running in the first place - was nervous about joining the running club *that I was in* ... 

Do have a google and see if you can find a contact email. When you get in touch say what sort of running you enjoy and how fast you are - if you like running several miles at a go for fun at so many minutes (about) a mile then it's worth saying that. The under 18 section of some clubs can sometimes be more on the "track and field competition" side, you see.

With road running there is the possibility that you might be younger than a lot of club members so ... er yes it *might* be a little like going jogging with a friend's mum or dad (!) sorry - but don't necessarily be put off by that. We are all human still!

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"Clunky" knee - problem with Hoffa's (intra-patellar) fat pad

Anyone else had this? Have had a bit of physio for it to get me through a target event, but now will just time heal it or should I go to the GP in a week or 2 to check there's nowt else going on? 
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GFA (Good for age): relates to age when you did the time or age on day of VLM?

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Turkey farms, sewage farms and THE UNDERPASS 
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That seems to be the floor for membership prices, unless anyone knows of cheaper 
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I wish there were some "big" races inbetween HM and mara distance

The jump from HM to 26.2 is quite big! 
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I hear a recent firmware release *may* have added this - is this true? 
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Closed? On a Monday? Really? 
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Prize suggestions for club champs?

Inexpensive to buy AND POST, but pleasing... 
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JG vs bmycharity vs mycharitypage vs everyclick vs ....! 
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Yellow skeleton reflective vest

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Running Magazines on Google Books

fritter your life away reading 3 year old copies of Running Times... 
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