The Jimbob

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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.

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 19:44
I'm in sports bar at Marriott Copley just eating burger in seating area come and say hi. 2 medals round neck sunnies on head

Sub 3

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 02:42

Fantastic win for Marders today. also hats off to SJ , AlanB and RE. Awesome!

headwind forecast for the whole race tomorrow . I don't care , pB off the cards, but I'm gonna give it a shot anyway , it's Boston. You guys need to come and do this, it's unlike anything I've experienced before. The City is behind the race, the buzz is electric

alarm set for 4.30, early bus, I'm in one of the faster pens. I'll check back in soon, you can stalk me on bib 4718

lets do this! 

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 02:30

btw ,  everyone have a great race, pace it well, and above all, enjoy it. It's not a pb course but it is the holy grail.

Boston Baby

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 02:28

Cheers Carl. 

Great to meet Stephen the other day for a pre flight pint to settle the jitters. Been having a lovely time here. It's awesome the atmosphere is so good. Had a relaxing 5k race in lovely weather on Saturday. All organized for the race alarm set for 4.30.

guys for post race drinks, just get yourself up to the Marriott Copley sports bar. The food is good and priced ok. I'll head there, I'll be wearing an Adidas purple jacket with pink stripes on the arms (wah!) ... Seriously i'll wear both the medal and the 5k medal and sunglasses on head. And my sexy new green and gold brooks trainers that i bought from expo.  There's wifi in the bar as well so I will check into this thread when I get there. Pop along and let's drink the beers and eat the burgers we deserve! 

Sub 3

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:32

Evening All,just finishing up packing for Boston, leaving the house early tomorrow - 11am flight. Not really looking forward to the flight but really looking forward to the weekend in Bosti. had a bit of taper madness so not been able to come on here. Only just started to feel a bit fresher in the the last couple of runs, have felt knackered since Reading, followed by the 24 miler. Hopefully i'll not be sh!t on Monday. Will aim for "running well" and to execute good race strategy, which is hold back for the first 5 or 6 miles, increase a bit after that, take the hills slower, and hopefully have enough to leather it home if my quads can take it on the downhill.

Red Sox game tomorrow. Good luck fellow marathoners this weekend at Manchester.

Really looking forward to hanging with you peeps at the Red Lion next week.

See you on the other side

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 22:42

oh ball ache ... better pack an extra pair of shoes then


Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 21:26

cheers Andy!


Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 10:45

I'm in at 80 euros! going for my MDP hattrick!

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 10:41

OK SM i'll look out for you I expect to go through security around 9 so i'll sit around there. I'll be Team GB 2012 jacket. Keep your eyes on this thread as well with the smartphone.

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