The Jimbob

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Posted: 09/03/2015 at 09:01

Hi Jools, yes small world. What a nice lad. He's in training for Frankfurt again. Are you going for the hattrick?

Nice Longing ES

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Posted: 08/03/2015 at 21:02

Hello All - cheers for the words. Off to the South West tomorrow for Funeral number 1.

Mileage topped out this week at 66, including today's 16 mile tempo effort. I wanted to run a decent (close to) marathon pace run for most of it. At 7:06 average it's not quite marathon pace but I came down the hill the gentle way and back the steep way. With road crossings, bobbing and weaving many walkers, dogs and buggies today in Primrose Hill, regents Park and Parliament hill and had I ran back the way i came, it would have been more like 6:45 pace. I had the company of a nice lad out coaching his athlete doing laps of Regents park outer circle. Fella called Tom Craggs (he knows Marders). He joined me for 3 miles which were all sub3 pace and we held a comfortable conversation which has given me a little hope that I'm in OK shape. His athlete was a girl, Jessica someone, he said she was targeting a 2:36-2:37 marathon soon. She seemed pretty steady coasting past me at 6 min miling. Tom was happy to have my company while we followed in her trail of dust.

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Posted: 07/03/2015 at 08:11
Morning. I've been on the quiet tip recently. Life stuff going on. Double bereavement in 3 days in wife's family. Her father was very ill and her stepfather died suddenly. Tough times for Mrs JB

I've attempted to read back but too much has happened. Been reading for nearly an hour.

The National cross country . Struggled that like most. Congrats to those braved it. For me it was unrunable. Could manage 62 mins quickest mile 7:40 slowest mile (mile 1) 10:45.

Selbs tooth ouch wallet battered.hope u are fixed up.

Browsing results i see there were recent wins for Padams and Marders. Well done.

my training has been okay but not ideal. Been getting to the track did some good 1600s the other day. 22 miles on Sunday. Not raced for so long. Got a half next week so will get an idea of current form and adjust expectations for Boston accordingly

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Posted: 06/03/2015 at 16:30

I'm alright TB - feeling a bit sad for the rest of my clan. MrsJB had it tough this last week or so.

My legs have the right hump with me seeing as I've put lots of miles in them these last few days. 50 miles in 4 days - I don't know how people do crazy high 70-80-100 mile weeks. Or Ultras, or 7 in 7s. Or marathon doubles etc. My legs have nothing to give.

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Posted: 06/03/2015 at 12:00

Phil - Congratulations on a decent PB - which sounds like you are WELL IN for 2016.  Sounds like you are progressing nicely towards the sub3 - I am also knocking on that door as well with my Abingdon 2014 time. I have a lot of good training in the legs for this Boston campaign but maybe a little light on the out'n'out speed stuff. I haven't raced since Abo apart from some sluggish XCs so I have no idea what kind of form I'm in. Will know soon enough, if I get a decent blast at North London half, it'll give me a realistic target to aim at in Boston. 

If your gold target is a sub3 in Brighton, a good Silver target would be a 3:04:59 - that would enable you to sign up quite early on in the process. Give you a slight head start on hotels/flights. Personally I took the risk and booked my flight months before the entry opened. I had BQ+9:23 and felt this was enough. I wanted a certain direct flight there and back - bleedin' thing cost me 650 quid!  Good Luck in Brighton!

SteveCRunner - if it were me regarding the 6 (calendar) months thing, I'd want some reassurance. I wouldn't have thought it'd be a problem but I guess something in writing from some official body saying the 6 months rule is a guide.

Stephen Malcolm - nice budgeting

Just had a 4 day block of training 50 miles in total - couple of a 11 milers (one easy one steady) a track session of 4 x 1600s at (as fast as I can bloody go) 5k (i suppose) pace, some shorter "recovery" runs and 8 miles of supposedly tempo this morning, but my legs weren't really up for it as it's day 4, so more like steady. Semi long planned for Sunday and then a 3 day break before I try to condition myself for a half next weekend. Are we nearly there yet?

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Posted: 03/03/2015 at 10:44

Yes TM - I'm doing North London half next Sunday (15th)

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Posted: 03/03/2015 at 10:43

btw - did I mention I'm envious of you all getting together in Paris?. Wish I could be there - will be back in 2016. I'll have a posh Pasta dinner with Dannirr in Boston the following week in your honour!

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Posted: 03/03/2015 at 10:39

Nells - well done for coming in on the Olympic Park love-in. Hopefully there'll be a few more London Threaders wanting to get in on the action. Don't forget you get to finish on the track where Mo stormed to double gold in 2012.

Tinks - thanks for the kind words. It's the toughest week for my other half but it is still pretty hard on me and the kids as well. It's also bringing back the emotions of 4 years ago when I went through a similar crisis. What can one do except just keep moving forward putting one foot in front of the other - sounds similar to the advice you would give to someone running the marathon.

KS - well done on a steady half. Bath was not your A race. It was tough conditions. Glad to hear your are progressing.

11 miles steady this morning after Sunday's 22. I have more naughtiness planned for this evening so I would be doing the John Wayne by tomorrow

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Posted: 02/03/2015 at 21:34

Btw Gunner Runner. Paris is pretty flat.

Lloyd. Not sure about the kiddies doing the Olympic Park. Missis Jimbob might object if I schlep her down to Stratford on a Sunday morning

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Posted: 02/03/2015 at 21:31
greg sutton 2 wrote (see)

Running rodent - as an arsenal fan, if they used to be an arsenal physio i bet they know there way round a knee. Good luck.


So i have visited Paris once before and was wondering what the profile was like? are there any surprise hills? or are there any parts of the run that are quiet or uninspiring?


i Had a pretty decent run at the weekend. 17 mile LSR from Battersea to Angel in london, nice tail wind for the most of the run.... except the hideous head wind that hit me with 4 miles to go... needless to say that killed my energy!!  

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