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sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 17:45

Good to hear from people and yes it is a big deal that IBB can now run marathons!

I'm going to email the sports doc and suggest not going to see her for another couple of months - see if I can get better knee control first. 

Off to Pilates tonight. Also have booked a 1-1 swim lesson for next Monday. And am going to the tri club swim training once a week. What can you do? I can't run or walk and I'm bored and want to see humans!

I am on 99 parkruns because I volunteered for Abingdon before going off to do Durban as #99 so I could do Abingdon as #100. Over the summer all my mates have been getting their 100s ...  oh well.

Incoporating footy into ultra training

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 10:25

Well famously Scott Jurek bust his ankle in a friendly footy (American: soccer) game just before he ran (and, iirc, won and set a new course record). So clearly even the greatest do, but that would be the main concern - the risk of doing yourself a mischief. 

Ultras are obv a long way and so in training you need to practice ... well, running (and walking) a lot. If you  don't have energy for proper ultra training and footy that's an issue. But if you have the energy and are willing to take the risk I'm not sure why it would be a problem playing footy for a couple of hours a week?

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 11:48

I was thinking Manchester FRC! And it's never had a heatwave yet. Who cares if you get hypothermia after a PB

PS did I mention Hal Higdon? A little simpler than SmartCoach which can be a bit odd sometimes. But really you have to look at schedules and see what you're drawn to. e.g. some folk love the Furman 3x week + cross-training scheds . I bought the book: it said, for sub-4, one workout, 3 x 1 mi @ 7:40 with 1 min recovery. Hmm I thought but you don't know until you try.
I did a mile at 7:40... rested a minute... then went home and threw myself weeping back into the arms of Hal Higdon (Advanced I) begging for forgiveness. Still got the sub4 (just!).

Is this normal?

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:52

Actually Paul it may be that you look in such good shape that they didn't realise that when it came to running you were a complete beginner, and were just (in their rough and ready way) trying to encourage you. You did say you go to the gym!

Or they may of course have been the sort of person of whom everyone else would say,

"Oh dear - did they say that? Oh dear - no, don't mind them, they can just be such idiots sometimes!" 

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 17:47

Hi Marty, the idea is that on race day (having rested for up to 3 weeks, carboloaded, and even perhaps having a caffeine gel every half hour ...!...) you'll be able to perform a bit better than in the middle of training. Of course the whole point of training is to do something that you're not perhaps as good at as you'd like, to frighten the body into adapting to be better at it in case you decide to do it again!

So it is quite normal for the sort of performance you hope for to be a real effort in training. If it weren't, then arguably you could set yourself higher standards

I have a similar rule of thumb to HRR - if I can do 10 miles continuous at planned marathon pace ("PMP"); 20 mile long run at an average pace of PMP+10% (so 9:59 m/m if PMP is just over 9 m/m); and a 20 mile long run with the last 10 miles at close to PMP (if you squint a bit) then I have a chance of doing PMP for the whole 26.2 (Garmin will say 26.4) on the day. Of course you can roll those 3 into one run

You still need luck on the day, you know, no wind, no warmth, a stable tummy, good health, a happy mood and a clear head and no potholes

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 18:17

So how do you train now? What sort of time are you hoping for and why did you settle on it? 

You've got 29 weeks so plenty of time. If you have a look at Half Higdon novice marathon schedules, that gives an idea of a sensible level of training...

Comrades 2016

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 16:48

Debra - check out the 100 club calendars - there are a lot of little events there that don't appear on other listings.

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 16:26

Welcome Marty!

It all depends what your background really is "without properly training" can mean anything from 

"what, it's 13 miles? Oh poo, my '5 miles once' training run might not be enough ..." [fx: finishes in 3 hours]


"I only ran three times a week and sometimes did not manage to get in an intervals session *and* a tempo run"

[fx: finishes in 1:45 with slightly positive split and a blister]


Medical Certificate

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 13:52

instead of.

I did the Rome marathon a couple of years ago. Actually I emailed EA about it and they just mailed me back a PDF letter which I just uploaded in place of the medical certificate. (Quite possibly a picture of your EA card would do too!) Then a day or two later the status of my entry changed (iirc) to show that all was now hunky dory.

Aquabike Events

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 18:54

So glad to have found this tiny thread, knee currently b0rked and all new to the swimming/cycling and to have even a couple of folk in the same boat to talk to is good.

At least on a running site people speak the same language IYSWIM. Complete novice but the alternative is just getting fat and going round the bend.

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