The Jimbob


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Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 20:28
yer maj wrote (see)

Yes well just remember I'll be swearing at you in real time on Sunday, sweetheart...

yeah baby! and a quick flash?

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 20:16
yer maj wrote (see)

I feel quite used, to be honest...

I wouldn't have got there without yers - I'm telling you, you lot were like a cage full of animals on my shoulder trying to get out all throughout the race and I managed to keep you all in there until I really needed you.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 19:28

.........produce that in a marathon (or a half). you have Race Adrenalin, but you also have the Race Pressure (of the race and getting it right on the day). Adrenalin gets you up through the gears, the pressure helps you to fade as the mind destabilizes through fatigue. So what do I do - I try to make the adrenalin last, and take the pressure away. With the positive mental attitude, you can reduce the pressure. You can prolong the adrenalin by - geeing yourself up, along the away, working off the crowds, visualizing something that makes you happy, like thinking off your children, or your friends supporting you on a thread somewhere and the noisy bird from Wales shouting and swearing at her computer screen. Those thought's I saved to late on, they tried to come out earlier but I kept telling myself to keep my emotions in check and use it at the end (last few miles) when I really needed it. This is why I think I have been able to produce my best performances when I really wanted to.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 19:27

'ark at you lot!. I go out to the expo, get snapped with the legends and you lot are having a lovely long discussion about training / improving marathons / the mind / the body / life / clichés / luck and all sorts of crazy stuff.

Firstly - I did a little Boston review Jokeyboy available to read here if anyone wants a peak. It's not that detailed I'm afraid  http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/spring-marathon/sub-3/83683-5605.html

Lots of things have been said - firstly I used the phrase "train smart" - bit controversial as it people might think I'm saying if you don't train like me, you aren't training smart. That's not where i'm coming from.and I don't mean train economically so that you don't need to do as much.  I guess what I mean is that training with purpose. I know some people who say to me, that they think if they run harder it will make them fitter / faster / better etc. Maybe true in certain sessions but with the marathon - my opinion is for the most - not. For me, that is not training smart.

Emmy has talked about knowing the body. She's spot on. I've been able to run sessions with less focus on the watch/numbers and more on feel / effort. Some days I'm more sluggish etc. I've been without the HR monitor for a couple of months. Will fire it up again in time for the next plan as have probably made some gains so i'll need to watch the data closer till I get the feel again.  

Belief in yourself - damn right. But you have to be realistic. The guys are right to say I may have hedged my bets a bit to take smaller wins. But the marathon is bloody hard and the one thing about keeping my mind stable in such a long race is having a positive mental attitude. enjoyment is always the priority. That's the way I do things, I can't speak for anyone else.  When I set my targets it's based on fitness, training all the usual things. I like to know I have hit all the bases. Gels on the belt, Aviators on my head, tight square pants, under the already lined short shorts (yes I like to lock that shit down).  I reminded myself of the training, and the leg speed (my turn at Reading half 4 weeks ago) during the run the other day. It took my mind of the unbelievable quad pain and helped me push on down the road past others around me who appeared to be struggling. I trusted in my training. I believed that I had a good chance. At Abingdon, I doubted my training would get me through the full 26 at Sub3 pace. But I adjusted my target during the race, and ran as strong as possible, limiting the damage and staying positive. I was ecstatic with the finish. It was a small gain on my pb from 12 months before, and it wasn't sub3, but it was a win. I said to Dannir after the race, I tend to play blackjack as you have as much chance as everyone else - and he replied - that's why you don't play roulette - or something along those lines.

How to improve ..... working hard, is the way. But learn as you go, try to adapt, from other people, from experience, from knowing the body. The body is adapting as you improve - it's smart like that. You need to mix it up, go further, do an extra rep, run a double. I'm not sure it's possible to keep it where it is. it will get faster or slower, heavier or lighter.

One more thing I will say about the Race vs Training paces. Someone once said to me training is training - it's not a rehearsal. I always keep that in my mind and pass it on. I believe I get good race pace out of myself when I need it - during the race itself. When I try to run like this in training I find it very difficult - it's almost impossible, it feels way too fast. I wonder how I can produce that in a marathon (or a h

Sub 3

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 17:49
Been to the expo in the Bosti finishers top and the coveted 2015 Jacket to find that it's the same as the VLM jacket with a different emblem. They weren't selling like hotcakes as they were in Boston.

Met the legend that is TickTock and also legends Radcliffe and Weir. I'm in FGFA it's yellow with Red text and a little 2 next to the number so obviously not that F! (Although that's probably not a bad thing)

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 09:27

TD - nice posting their Dude. Enjoying the posts about Endurance and energy efficiency. Plus I know you love a graph. I agree that HIAHS has the talent to go very quickly, the Championship pen at VLM16 would be a good target. Joining the local running club was a sensible move.

For this campaign I've had higher mileage than ever before, but also much more easy paced miles every week. This way I've been able to really nail my quality sessions and clock up the miles without feeling too tired. Whats my point - it worked for me, it was something I changed from previous training cycles. Doing the track session with the club forces you to attack the reps just that bit harder, and as TD says, you need to hit them as hard as possible. To run a fast marathon, you need miles. There's no doubt. But you need to train smart. You need to arrive on the start line not feeling fatigued from months of training, which is not as easy as it sounds.

I do however feel rather tired after my exploits in Boston but that's allowed right

OK - off to VLM Expo to get bib!

 

Sub 3

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:16
TickTock I did wear the aviators, but mostly on my head! They're part of the routine man!

Sub 3

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 22:50

cheers for the well wishes guys. It meant a lot to me and I raised my game when it really counted. I wonder if I ran another Boston if it would have the same effect on me again. I'm not sure, it was my first and I really worked off the crowds and atmosphere.

Dan - put me down for one of the sub3 t-shirts...... catch you on Sunday?

Sub 3

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 22:47

Lev #722 Champs - (A) 02:27:xx (B) 02:29:xx (C) 02:31:36 Al_P #756 Champs - (A) 02:29:xx (B) 02:31:00 (C) 02:32:4x (D) beat Paula DrDave #will look on the fridge Champs- (A) 02.32:xx (in my dreams depends on day/conditions) (B) 2.35:xx (C) sub 2:40 (D) hello Mum with Paula

LukeStur #973 Champs - (A) 2:36:52 (5.59 pace), (B) 2:38:59, (C) 2:39:39 CW #691 Champs (A) 2:39:30 (B) 2:39:59 (C) 2:44:59 CD #809 Champs - (A, B & C) 2:39:59 TR #3XXXX Red (A) 2:54:XX (B) 2:53:XX (C) 2:55:XX Electric Sheep #29564 Red (FGFA) - (A) 2:54:xx (B) 2:59:xx (C) 3:14:xx PhilPub #25,xxx Green - (A) 2:59:00 (B) 2:58:5x (C) 2:59.0x

The Jimbob - (A) Finish (B) Start (C) get out of bed

Sub 3

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 14:21

Hi Guys, just got back from Boston. Totally fried, body feels broken. I went for it BIG TIME, conditions were horrible but the unbelievable atmosphere kept the adrenaline pumping for a whole 2 hours 58 minutes and 39 seconds. It was deafening in places and you really need to do it! it's such a laugh - the holy grail of Marathons, and the Bostonians make it feel like that the minute you step off the plane. The standard is really high, In wave 1 corral 5 I was surrounded by 3.02 runners the at start all chasing the elusive sub3 dream, and despite warnings of the quad trashing, I had come to the decision that I would give it a go but not be too greedy.

First 5 k was the slowest as I reined my pace in to just sub 7 min miling, as that first 5k is in danger of being the quickest. After 4 miles I looked at my watch and suddenly I was effortlessly plodding along at 6:25s! I quickly pushed the reset button and intentionally slowed to rein it back in to a 6:40. From then on my miles ranged from 6:44 to 6:49 until I reached Newton hills and then onto Heartbreak etc. Others around me were struggling through those difficult miles and I had the momentum so was able to "coast" the undulations without dropping too much pace. It was cold wet and windy - blowing right into me. I tucked in behind some big guys at time for shelter.  I was soaked to the bone.

Bedders ran along side me around 10 miles - he was on a different plane so I didn't try to keep at his pace. He'll be very happy at putting it together yesterday also.

I ran along high fiving the Wellsley girls (didn't stop for a snog) - some guy ahead did!

The 5k from 35-40 was my quickest, mile 26 being a 6.41.

To be clear my quads are trashed and they were hurting from about 8 miles in. I was able to hold it together for the whole distance, maybe my shuffly dodgy running style helped to preserve them as I passed plenty of walkers late on. My legs feel more battered than any other race I've done.

Thanks everyone for supporting and encouraging me. I've learnt a lot on here that has helped me to adapt my training and I've produced two fantastic results recently.

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