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P&D Spring Marathon Thread 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 09:55

Thanks for the reassurance guys.  I think I will give Marathons a bit of a miss for a while.  Although the ballot for Chicago is open…

P&D Spring Marathon Thread 2015

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 14:10

Hi All, 

Been lurking about on this thread after some early posts.

 London in three weeks’ time and now I am in a panic.  Last twenty mile run was a disaster.  Got to 16 miles then had to run walk the last four miles.  Seemed to just come to a halt.  Not sure if I hit the wall or what, but it seemed like I couldn’t get my breathing back under control and get the oxygen in.

Now I am not sure what to do with regards to the race.  I realise I am now in the tapering weeks and there is nothing to be gained by increasing the mileage during this period but I am not sure whether to reduce my target for the race.

I am doing the up to 55 mile schedule.  This was however my fourth twenty miler as I managed to convert the eighteen mile run about four weeks ago to a twenty mile.  I also started the schedule a few weeks early and repeated week thirteen till the schedule caught up so I have a few extra 16 mile runs.

I managed to know 4 minutes of my HM pb at Reading a few weeks ago so thought training was going well.

So do I put this run down to a “bad run” or should I reassess my goals? 

Only other thing I can think of note with last week’s training is I had to abort the VO2 run half way through the 1.2 km reps so redid the whole VO2 run the following day.

Sorry for the long post.


New York or Chicago marathon 2015

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 15:14

I ran New York last year, although only my second marathon so cannot compare really with other major events. 

I went with one of the tour companies on a flight and entry only but then booked a room in the same hotel as one of their packages.  I think I got the room for the cost of the tour companies “two sharing” price. 

The tour company organised coaches to the start line.  Was a little queue getting through the metal detectors and into the village but other than that seemed relatively painless. 

Baggage reclaim was easy enough.  Was a bit of a walk to the trucks but picked my bag up with no waiting.  You can leave the park quicker with the no baggage option but this has to be specified in advance. 

Then was a simple walk to the edge of the park and down to the hotel.  Only real issue was I was frozen by then. 

Tour company took us on a 5km jog on the Friday to see the finish line and show where the baggage trucks would be.  Only down side to the flights and entry only was that you had to make your own way to and from the airport which is no real biggy. 

Looking at Chicago this year myself

Garmin FR610 in Amazon sale

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 16:34

I picked a refurbished 610 up for under £100 from ebay with a two year warrantee and a few little extras.

Good as new.

P&D Spring Marathon Thread 2015

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 10:44
15West wrote (see)

Hi Super Moo. What times did you get in those? 

Runspoonrun, why 3.15? to get a GFA for London or Boston or something, or you just being ambitious?

Brighton was 3h57.10 and New York was 4h02.38.

Funnily enough I am more than happy with New York as I hadn't realised my watch lost GPS a couple of times under the bridges and I thought I was in for around 4h20 so was just taking it easy with a view to enjoying the experience.  So coming in that "fast" was more than a nice surprise.

P&D Spring Marathon Thread 2015

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 14:21

London Marathon for me in the Spring. 

Did my first two marathons this year, Brighton and New York using the 18/55 schedule.

Wondering if I can improve on my times by sticking to the same plan.

Cost of older Garmin models

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 13:30

There is a seller on eBay, tokata3620, in the US, that deals in recon garmin watches.

Picked up a 610 at half the price plus it came with double the warrantee that garmin provide when you buy new and you don't need to send it back to the States either.

I suspect the seller is garmin.


Gels etc when entering the States

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 11:19

Good point.  Prefer to be prepared before but will look into where I can get them when there.

Gels etc when entering the States

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 08:59

Hi All,

Having a minor panic.

New York Marathon this weekend.  I have packed my gels and some "just add water" porridge pots into my luggage for race day.

Do I need to declare these when I enter the US?

I have found the following linked from US Customs and Boarder Protection...

which says:

"The following food items are generally allowed entry:

  • Condiments such as oil, vinegar, mustard, catsup, pickles, syrup, honey without honey combs, jelly, and jam.
  • Foodstuffs such as bakery items, candy, and chocolate.
  • Hard cured cheeses without meat, such as parmesan or cheddar.
  • Canned goods and goods in vacuum- packed jars (except those containing meat or poultry products) for personal use.
  • Fish or fish products for personal use.
  • Powdered drinks sealed in original containers with ingredients listed in English.
  • Dry mixes containing dairy and egg ingredients (such as baking mixes, cocoa mixes, drink mixes, instant cake mixes, instant pudding mixes, liquid drink mixes containing reconstituted dry milk or dry milk products, potato flakes, and infant formula) that are commercially labeled, presented in final finished packaging, and require no further manipulation of the product are generally allowed.

Remember, you must declare all food and agricultural products, including those listed above, to a CBP agriculture specialist or officer when you arrive in the United States."

Which implies I can bring them in but still need to mention it.

Any advice?



New York Marathon 2014

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 08:33

One more sleep then i'm on the plane. 

Good luck everyone.

I'm traveling with 2:09 events so may bump into you guys if you are traveling with them as well.

All the best,


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