Matchstick Man

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Sub 3h15

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 20:49

Mmmm, marathons...... Well the plan was that after I did reasonably well in 2011 at all distances I would consolidate in 2012 and then go FULLBORE in May this year at the Essex marathon (I think) as that was *just* after I turned 40. The idea being to give myself a cheeky birthday present of sub 3. However, things started going pear shaped in early 2012 and that was that. Having a surgeon fiddle around with your spinal column tends to make you realise that maybe running a marathon 6 months later on top of no running for the previous 6 months might not be the brightest idea.

Now the focus is on seeing how I cope with racing over ever increasing distances so I'm ok with 5k and on Saturday I'll see how I cope with 10k (ish). If the xc season goes ok then I've got a 5 miler planned locally for Dec 29th and then look at 2014 as seeing if I can near to where I was at distances up to HM. If my OAP frame stands up to the rigours and I can get under 84mins for a HM then I'll think about something longer.

It may be my body simply can't cope with anything longer than 90mins and if that happens so be it. I'm happy enough with a sub 3h15 time and I saw several of my clubmates this year go in to London in sub 3 form and all three bombed out so as you know, there are no guarantees and marathon running is a cruel endeavour. I guess that's why we love it huh?

OO50 - always been a cyclist tbh so it's nice to get back into the groove and I reckon that cycling benefits running rather than vice versa. If you look at multi-sport athletes they all train the cv system and it does cross over but if I wanted to be a really good runner I'd run more than I cycled.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:13
Philip_M_Jones wrote (see)

They say that if you mention someone on a therad they soon pop in, just looked up a few old names:

Matchstick Man is back in form, 19:19 at a parkrun.
salf 2:57:08 new mara PB at Amsterdam

I thought I'd pop on here to see how you all are and lo and behold, I find a reference to me,me,me. Marvellous
I wouldn't say back in form with a 19-19, maybe when I'm under 18-38 (ish) I'll be happy but things are going well again. It will be exactly a year to the day this Saturday since I underwent a lumbar discectomy and I will be "celebrating" by taking part in the first fixture of the Birmingham XC League which is an absolute BINFEST(riot) where all three divisions run with each other then on Sunday I'll be doing a 3hr bike ride in the Peak District with some mates.
I'm riding 10miles each way to work and back (new job) every day now and I manage to layer in a couple of runs a week as well. I've managed a 90min long run (7m57s pace) and a running club session (1km reps at 3m31-3m37s) in recent weeks as highlights.
Strava says I've done 38hrs in Sept (cycling and running) and 32hrs in Oct which should give you an indication of how things are going. My immediate aims are to do the xc season and get in the top 100 of any Div 2 xc race and also make the top 6 counters of my club within any Div 2 xc race. Once that's over and done with (mid Feb 2014) I'll have a better idea of what 2014 may have in store for me.

Obviously BIG love to our sub 3 violin playing legal eagle and welcome to all the newbies on here looking for advice. Get a good winter in, stay illness and injury free, be consistent, don't be shit and I'll cheer you lot on next April at about mile 22 as per usual.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:39
moof wrote (see)

Hi MM, how's your running going?
Sh*t. For those of you unaware, I tore my plantar fascia last Feb and from then on, I seemed to have a problem with my back. Looking back on it, I think 20+ years of being very physically active and also 6'2" combined with the same amount of time with doing desk bound jobs contributed to a prolapsed disc (L5/S1). This wasn't diagnosed until I had an MRI in August and then things seemed to get worse to the extent that I was unable to drive (or be driven, or even sit at a desk for longer than 5 mins). It all reached a head in October/November when I saw a private consultant (paid for by the NHS) who recommended surgery in 4/6 weeks. 48 hrs after seeing him I collapsed in the kitchen with a loss of functional strength in my left leg. I then had a lumbar discectomy 6 days later as a priority (no f***ing sh*t!) and it was like flicking a switch in terms of my ability to climb stairs, sit down, etc.
I bascially haven't run since Feb last year and this year is a write-off as well if I'm honest. I'm back on the bike no problems keeping up an aerobic component and am in the gym lifting weights 4 times a week ok as well. Currently managing Parkruns with my 7 yr old so 34-37min times but not sure about the ability to run anything quicker than 8m30s pace.
I turn 40 in a few weeks and I had harboured dreams of running sub 3 once I turned into an OAP but that dream has been shelved for a while. The general idea is to make a return to sc racing in the Autumn and maybe look at Wokingham 2014 as a main target race


Sub 3h15

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 16:36


Mennania:28067 Clic Sargent top with Johnny written on it - Sub 3:00 
Lorenzo: 29916 (not sure what colour vest yet) A: sub-3:10; B: 3:13:22(PB); C: 3:15 
Minni: 29900 Green and Purple Vest, A: sub 3:15; B: 3:17, C: 3:20
Poacher 29616. red/white/blue dress, time 3.14-3.25 but not bothered

Badbark – 28126, White headband, white and black vest and shorts. Yellow shoes. A sub 3:00, B sub 3:09:57 for a PB, C sub 3:15 for GFA


LB70 - 36759 Children with Cancer UK vest with Lee printed on the front and blue shorts. Sub 3:15
Scooby: 30971, Orange or black top, black cap and sunglasses A sub 3; B sub 3:02: c sub 3:04 

moof- 32394, blue vest with nick on the front and moof on the back, A; sub 2.55, B; sub 3, C; Best effort.
Martin: 32179. fairy. 2.55 or GFA

RFJ 5373 black fetch vest and fetch buff or Andover AC vest (Blue and white stripes) with red shorts
Gerard Mooney
6547  a)3:09:59 GFA b)Best Effort - see a) White Vest with blue Flashing and Alex on the Front Fingers on the back.

Speedy - Fetch mile 22
PMJ - drinks station mile 23
Matchstick Man - 22 mile point (bit before Fetch) randomly shouting abuse and then on to CHANDOS!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 20:40
Parkrun today, 31-11. Read it and weep suckers

Sub 3h15

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 20:33
OO lets go. wrote (see)

Congrats on thwe PB Knight Rider- what's the secret to your good form?

Getting shouted at by me  I hope this link works

That's KR in the white vest with me bent over barking at him holding my knees 

OO lets go. wrote (see)

Sounds nasty MM- you wouldn't believe a foot could cause so much grief!

Tell me about it!!!! My physio's pension fund has never looked so healthy....

Sub 3h15

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 22:44

Met up with Knight Rider tonight at the local 5 mile in Coventry. Nice to catch up with him and have a chat. I didn't race as I am still not running and it's 12 weeks tonight since I tore my plantar fascia but I hope to return to running soon. Needless to say my year so far is a write off and I hope to do something before Dec 31st but it's not looking great so far.

Keep on keeping on peeps

Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 14:24
Alun Rodgers wrote (see)

I also struggled with water and gels from 20, I took one at the start, at 6, at 13, at 18 and then felt so sick that I couldn't force down the one I'd meant to take at 21 or 22. As a consequence I had run out of fuel and crashed to earth in a flaming mess

I don't think that gels/water after 20 are going to make much difference if I'm honest. At 7-30 (ish) / mile you've got about 45mins until the finish if you're bang on for 3-15 so the gels you took on (4) will have been enough I reckon. The big thing would how much you ate in the preceding 48hrs (did you get through approx 10g carbs per 1kg body weight per day?) and your breakfast on race day. In the latter stages yesterday, your body was slowing down and getting cold rapidly by the sounds of it so it will have been accessing stores in the body at an alarming rate to try and literally survive. I'm not surprised your body struggled to take on anything as it was probably trying it's best to hold itself together.

Sorry to ask so many questions but this thread is a goldmine when people don't acheive their times compared to when they do. There's SO much that can be learnt from the bad experiences rather than the PB's I think.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 13:53
Big fat WELL DONE to both Slokey Joe and Chris on achieving the milestone of sub 3h15, especially in those conditions. Chapeau! Similar to when OO scored his elusive sub 3, it really is bloody satisfying when you nail it eh?
Commiserations to Alun but from the splts alone I'd say miles 3,4,7,9,11 and 14 would have had an effect on your ability to knock out 7-27's in the latter half. If I'm honest, you look like you were off the pace from mile 17 onwards so I'd say the main issue with yesterday would be pace/pacing? It takes a lot to hold back in a marathon, especially the first half because (as I've found out to my cost) doing a couple of quick miles at or near the beginning will have major ramifications towards the end.
In fact, that looks like my first 3 marathons and the big thing for me with those was poor pacing on my long runs, ie I was running them too quickly. It was only when I slowed them down that I developed the ability to hold the pace at the end of the marathon when it matters.
I dont' want to come across as too preachy but I would like to offer help based on what you've told us.

When is enough, enough

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 12:25
Makes you realise what a bargain London is doesn't it? I'd say circa £60 notes was a fair charge for Brighton. Tbh, London could/should be charging twice to three times as much to bring it into line with New York, etc ad one of the worlds biggest marathons.
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