The Jimbob

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Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 14:43

Andy - BOOM! nailed it. Knock off another minute or two for course difficulty. You're closer to 3 hours than 4 now, so not unreasonable to target the GFA. Get the fatigue of this race out of our legs and then go and capitalise on the endurance that is still in your legs - you'll probably bosh out a new 10k PB in a month or so.

TD - your finish at 2012 Paris is fantastic moment. Very inspiring. The marathon career may be over but there is loads out there for a determined lad like yourself to take on!  I feel a medal framing opportunity coming on for you ..... get all the medals in a nice frame with plaques and photos. You have lots of experience and advice you can pass on. Get signed up for one of those mass 100 mile bike races to get the blood pumping again. Also, you could go out and accessorize some fancy bike gear

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 16:17
It's a flat city and also windy. I'd like to think I could have a decent run over there.

I'm also doing short races at the moment but I just piggy back them onto my marathon training. I seem to get some PBs off my shorter runs when I do a full marathon campaign. This year have set new PBs at half, 10k and 5000 track. Have a couple more shorter races before I switch focus to more blimmin marathon training ..... (sigh)

The guy in our club won the Amsterdam Half last year.

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 22:06
Be Epic Andy and Nodster!. Above all, enjoy every minute of it and you'll be triumphant.

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:17

its a cool city and a great atmosphere on race weekend. I had baseball tickets, good seats, they went on sale on New Years day and I got in nice and early.

£916 return for two doesn't sound too bad. I paid 640 for one return flight, It didn't drop in price and rose slightly so I was happy with that. Steep but suited my 4 day mini-break. You could maybe have one more lunge at the BQ before registration opens to try to get it below 5 mins although you should be fine with what you have. I improved it another 3 minutes after I secured my place and it helped bump me up a couple of corrals. Good luck with the training.

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 15:14
Aleik I booked my flights around end of May last year for this year's Boston. I had a 9m23s BQ and I was slightly nervous but with that much breathing space I took the chance. I was after a particular BA flight time there and back.

4m38s will surely get you into the race, but booking up before you have the confirmation email will leave you biting your nails for the couple of weeks before you get the news. If you can afford to take the risk then go for it. Might be worth signing up for London with your GFA as a backup race. It's a 36 quid insurance policy. If you don't get into Boston then at least you have a good race to fall back on - you lose the 600 quid on the flight which is nasty, but I just lost 350 quid on Sunday to the dinorod guys as we've been using supposedly biodegradable toilet wipes for the last two years for the kids and it caused a major drainage issue. My point is you take a calculated risk and chances are it will be fine but it could back fire. If you do get in to Bosti then you could do the double, painful, crazy, but kind of cool. Or you can defer London or drop out half way.

If you do book the flight you should book some accommodation as well. You can get hostels near the finish with free cancellation on, worth having one of those locked in. I ended up going into a hotel with a pal and cancelled the hostel about a week before.

Sub 3

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 09:41

Morning All ..... not been on for a while, been a bit glum with some annoying tiddly injuries.

I've been stalking in from time to time to read about your exploits, 10k-tastic all round for the likes of Dachs, Lev, cracking PB ES. Nice 5 from TT and ouch Ticktock on that gruelling 26.2 training run - well done mate. DanA - sub3 strikes again at Cyclopark, did that race last year and it ate me alive for the last 5 laps as I bombed to a death marchy 1.32/1.47. It's a smooth surface but it undulates, because there are so many laps and I didn't really follow the racing line so did about a good half a K more. Also, Bufo, thats a quality 5000 track race.  CC82 congratulations on a great run and a GFA. You've got the eye of the tiger and the sub3 will come. Enjoy the ride, when you get there, it tastes even sweeter.

My niggles , is probably a bit of overuse, maybe getting the miles up too quickly after the Spring marathons. I'd had a good Bupa10K, then a normal week with a 13 mile trail training session at the end of it, in 1 hour 40. It wasn't hilly but it was many surfaces and my legs felt smashed after. Shin Splint pain. I couldn't train all week, then I did a few miles tester and could feel a nasty knot in the calf, backed right off and didn't even get out of bed for the Ickenham 5 last Sunday.

By Tuesday I was feeling a bit better (in the calf dept) so went to our Club Championships, with 7 miles easy done earlier that day. I ran the 5000 B race, which was most enjoyable. I had no expectations and targeted 19 mins. I ran with a pal who I train with and a couple more joined our little group which was nice to "share" the work. I definitely felt like I was the most relaxed out of everyone around me (despite them all having better 5k pbs) as I could tell by the breathing, and that gave me confidence to hold the pace and just squeeze it gently the last couple of laps. There was a guy ahead who is usually much quicker but he had try to go with the leaders and ended up dropped and in limbo, so I figured I wouldn't chase him and let him drop back to us. One of the girls in the group made a move and disappeared (to eventually finish 3rd) from sight, then another tried to, but didn't drop us and I was still "relaxed" - last two laps I got in front and squeezed the pace and the guy in limbo ahead was close 10-15 metres in the last 200 so I bombed up the home straight and took him a couple of metres from the line (to take 4th) with people shouting on the side - good fun, got a first official sub19 - 18.53.0 probably more in line with my 38.17 10k. I was very relaxed at the 10k and the 5000, perhaps I need to be a bit bolder and run a slightly harder pace. It seems i like to have a bit of breathing space, but it did give me the opportunity to finish very very strongly, which i don't usually do. What a laugh! (shin splints still playing up tho' so very little training again this week

I've a bib in my possession for the City of London mile on Sunday, I'm in wave 2 - put 5:20 as my target (ha ha no chance) - i'll be in heathside vest, aviators. Say hello if you're about .....


Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 21:56
3 weeks Stuchbury

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:49
Aaron. I did Boston & London 6 days apart. There are crazy multi marathoners on here but my opinion is its very tough. I did a full winter training plan then raced Boston at my very best and fastest. 6 days later in London I was cursing after about 10k onwards. I was mentally fried and despite giving my all and producing a relatively quick marathon by my own standards I was slowing down and felt battered by the end. My recovery after Boston was soreness for a few days as my quads were trashed from all the downhill. Then a short slow run on the Thursday & Friday. In between all that I rollered I rested I elevated. Visiting the Expo for London helped to gee me back up for round 2. I say give your all in Amsterdam and just finish Dublin with no time goal expectation

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 18:08
Ha ha no need to apologise m'lovely. This thread will be a good place for you to get some ideas about improving your training and there is plenty of encouragement from the lovely people here and it seems to motivate you to get your finger out.

Without worrying too much about finish time, it sounds like you'd rather not be staggering in for your marathon finish. The staggering, also known as death marching, is really tough- torturous! It'd be better if one was finishing strongly with a smile on one's face and encouraging other death marchers to the finish. (In an ideal world!)

So, hopefully for Paris 2016 you can put together a (stronger and more focused than with previous marathons) training campaign that will give you the best possible experience on the day. So that when you get to Corcoran's on the Sunday evening you'll be on a marathon high!

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 14:14

AspirantRunner. Welcome to the madhouse. Congrats on signing up for Paris, its a great race and we'll be with you all the way. To build good endurance, the time on feet long runs will be a very important workout for you, so make sure you don't run this session too hard thus knackering your training for the following weeks (and so on). You'll need to build your mileage gradually and give yourself time to recover in between sessions. The long runs are daunting but they get easier as you get stronger. This helps you prepare mentally for the marathon. If there is anyone you can do the long with, like a club mate or pal who is similar speed to you, then its nice to have the company especially towards the end of the training cycle when the long run is 3 hours etc

Also, don't forget the med cert: (signed and stamped)

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