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Posted: 03/02/2015 at 14:10

TryChris: I do most of my intervals on the Embankment between Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars. There are always some tourists about, but nothing like the numbers on the South Bank. And it's about a mile of wide pavement there.

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Posted: 02/02/2015 at 21:01

So all the actual sub-3 marathon runners who've been keeping the thread warm for the past two or three years must wonder who all these old codgers are that have gate crashed their thread like a bunch of thirty year olds on a university reunion bar crawl!

Always good to hear that everyone is still alive and functioning.

I won't be running London this year (all my GFA slots are used up). But I am planning to be back one day.

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Posted: 01/02/2015 at 19:06

Just popping in to say hi to old friends. I'm still on my run every day for a year plan, and day 157 today was the Watford Half. I had a good run and really enjoyed a tough course, but realised how far I am from full fitness with a 1:38 finish. Managed not to see Padams, saw CW and said hello, but he'd clearly forgotten me! Didn't see JAP either, but he was called for a vet prize and had left by then. My club cleaned up the team prize with marders winning, backed up by finishers in 4th and 7th.

Great to be racing again, and at least I know exactly how much I need to improve (about 1 minute per mile for that course I think)

I had retired from marathon running, but I'm now thinking about an autumn marathon. I think I fancy doing an overseas one this time.

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Posted: 24/10/2014 at 13:30

Delurking briefly to wish this weekend's marathoners in Frankfurt a great run - especially Jools - PB time I hope.

I'm retired from marathon running now (I think) after two years of failed training campaigns for London being ruined by back pain. But after a long break from consistent running I started a plan to run every day for a year on my 50th birthday. 56 day streak completed so far, not entirely without ill-effects, but it has made me fitter and shed some of the excess poundage.

Still pop in here once a week or so to catch up on how you are all doing.

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Posted: 27/07/2014 at 17:59

Awesome run from Marigold. Didn't he do well?

if you go back to page 1138 of this thread you'll find his first post here from March 2008, de-lurking to get some advice on running a sub-3 (although by that time he'd already run a 72 minute half at Bath). 

i'm back doing a bit. run-commuting and swimming. 24 miles this week is a start. But not sure I'll be running a marathon again soon.

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Posted: 20/10/2013 at 16:59

I thought the conditions were OK. not cold and it only rained for 20 minutes. But I was a few miles behind the front and maybe it was more sheltered at the 13-15 mile section.

I actually really enjoyed it.  I was running slowly and easily and there were no problems from my back until the inevitable right hamstring cramp. Obviously less fun after that, but it was really down to the lack of miles in my legs and excess lumbar round my belly.

i won't disclose the time as it isn't appropriate for this thread. My slowest road marathon, but not as slow as one of the off road ones I did.

Nice to see Rach and Gobi marshalling at the 2 mile point again, I stopped for a wee chat.  Excellently organised marathon, loads of marshalls, quite a bit of support and lots of water stations and a well organised finish venue.

a good day to find some mojo - but my legs don't golf hurt right now!

Storming run from TT and a great one from postie, whose legs may very well be hurting more than mine by the sounds of it. 

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Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:51
Good run HR - glad the knee held up.

B target for me. I finished but it was a close run thing. Sub 9 mm for 18 then it got tough. Massive cramp and near fainting at 20.5 and from there on it was a death march. Feel proper carp right now.

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Posted: 19/10/2013 at 20:25

Just finished sorting out my stuff for tomorrow. Not worried too much about carb loading, been doing that for months!

looking forward to seeing how you people who've done proper training do tomorrow. am expecting to be proper impressed, so don't let me down. 

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Posted: 15/10/2013 at 17:35

MrB: None taken. The new new bike (very nice Planet X) is getting used for commuting to/from work and the very occasional longer ride. My running is down to about 3 times/week. The issue is getting the mojo up to get out there more, especially as my back is pretty bad. About £400 on osteopath sessions over the summer helped loads with my upper back and neck, but my lower back is a real problem. The only solution is lots of stretching, which I hate, but it all means I can't run in the mornings until I've been up for a few hours for it to loosen off.

I'm making myself run Abingdon under-trained to remind myself why I run. Hope it works. I'd say I was looking forward to it if that were true!

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Posted: 15/10/2013 at 16:35

I'll trump you all on the weight front. Currently weighing in at about 80kg (12st 7lbs). Height is 5'10" so BMII is 25.2. At my lightest (2008-9) I was more like 68kg (10st 10lbs), and BMI 21.5.

Be interesting to see how well any of you whippets would do with carrying an extra 17.5% of your body weight around with you on your next run! I shall lug mine round the roads of Abingdon on Sunday as a penance for 3 years of beer and food intake.

All pretty depressing really. 

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