The Jimbob

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Posted: 12/07/2016 at 13:09

Morning All, yep met Padams last night and he was very lucky to share the lens with the Aviators (see poncing selfie photo below) .... which came in quite handy btw as it was a lovely sunny evening. Due to a number mix up I jumped into the V50 800m race as a non scorer and ran a not very impressive 2.43. It felt more comfortable than a recent 2.40 as I probably took the first lap a little on the easy side .... which was ok in this race as I managed to move through the field and have a mad dash for the last 40 metres to pip another fella by half a second. Good fun (hate the 800 with a passion). The 3k was again not all that impressive by me but I was treating it as tempo run so happy to 6.06 average for the first half 5.59 average for the second half for 11.18'ish. The best bit was the relay which I video'd from my phone up on the steep bank ... and our boys brought it home.




New York 2016

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 23:57

Plenty of time to train ....... I'm into mine now ... Racked up 3 x 20 milers of my targeted 8/9 ..... Out today did 18.5 ..... Had a good few weeks, will push on a bit more before i cut back a bit for family holiday and then ramp up again mid Aug for a couple of months. 

New York 2016

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 14:39

Hi Janine, Welcome. Congratulations on the 4.10 in Paris and signing up for NY.

we'd need to know a bit more about your general running. After Paris did you carry on with the training?. Where are you at now with your shorter distances? and what is your weekly mileage at the moment?

My school of thought on improving the marathon time is ... more experience, more general miles and more training.

More long runs (at an easy pace) - shorter hard runs at a very hard pace, track intervals with the club are great for improving the speed. Frequent long marathon paced runs don't necessarily help, as they tire you out to the point where you are not able to train properly the following week. There are different plans like e.g P&D 55-70 which is a good plan to work to if you already have a good training base. There are some plans available on the VLM website. Have you thought about joining your local club? I definitely took my running up to another level when I joined London Heathside. Also, you have to be realistic when setting your goal for the race. 4 (or 3) is just a number - it's an arbitrary time target. The target should be based on what you capable of based on current fitness and maybe take a little off as the marathon is so hard. So if you can run a 1.50 half then calculators suggest you could run a 4 hour marathon ... but if you haven't done enough training then the wheels will fall off in the last 6 miles. So many things to consider but you have time. If you start training this month taking you up to mid October for peak mileage and then 3 weeks of tapering you'll do well I'm sure. With that 4.10 you are close enough to the sub4 you can almost taste it!

New York 2016

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 09:41
PCleasby wrote (see)

This happened today 17:45 at the parkrun!!!!! First ever sub 18. I'm buzzing with that I can tell you.



Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 10:31

Hamburg has always appealed, I've been a few times and it is so quick to get to from Heathrow ... the problem for me has always been it clashes with London and Paris. So many good races all crammed into a 6 week period.

I'm nursing a sore leg , I pulled a muscle running up a grassy bank awkwardly, so this week of high mileage / easy pace will be now be average amount of mileage / easy pace ... taking a couple of days extra rest, with the usual Rest Ice Compression Elevation

New York 2016

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 14:20

you never know PC ... I've heard the conditions can be erratic and vary year to year from bitterly cold to boiling hot ... if you get favourable conditions come November you may just have to put your foot down and 'ave a go this year!

Good Luck for Berlin ... I'm already training for NY, did my second 20 of the campaign last sunday and I have a little strain after this morning's 10 miles, came on when I ran up a bank of grass - on the ice later and roller later

New York 2016

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 01:17

PC - welcome back, I know you've had a struggle with injury this year... from the grapevine but it's good to see you doing the business and training well getting some cracking new PBs

I've a pal who ran the six majors all under 3 .... not sure it's something I'll manage as I ran 3.11 in Berlin a few years back to qualify for Boston and then a 3.04 in Tokyo this year. I've sub 3s at Bost and Londinium so if I were to get them at the other two races then I'll never say never re going back to Tokyo for another crack ... and Berlin is not too far away (though i'll probably need a travel visa)

Anyway, for NYC I am looking to run c.3 hours. I am thinking i'll need to be in really good shape for it. Lean, well tapered, at least 8-9 20+ mile runs, at least 8 hard track sessions, a midweek run in double figures, a short tempo run and many general miles - commute doubles. In other words less bbqs over the summer and shed loads of training. I've heard its a tougher race to run a time like that ... so I will try to get myself as close to my best as possible and then target 2.59.59 .... no quicker! if I end up with a 3.0x .... i'd be happy with it. Goal race for a PB is next year's London.marathon.


Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 12:11

well you might as well give into the dark side and sign up for the other

Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 11:02

Well done at Tronso you crazy midsummer marathon maniacs ... hats off to Mr HIAHS for a juicy PB, as well as me clubmate Jake who, for a while, has been gunning for a c.3 hour marathon / London GFA time and he finally put a good one together on the day and bagged a 3.02 and 15th overall. He got his GFA application in on the last day and got his acceptance so job done. Put him on a fast course like London, Berlin, Amsterdam or Valencia and I reckon you knock another 5 mins off for sure.

I've been taking part in various track races with varying results. Short stuff is not really my bag, but you get a chance to run an even paced hard tempo run on a track 5000. Friday evening I have the 10,000 which is a little more tricky .... a second a lap can make or break your race. I'll just try to run it even and put it down as good training. I had a good 10k at Bupa London recently in 38.24.

List Fairly please put me down for:

Cardiff Half - Oct 2nd 2016

Reading Half - March 19th 2017

London Marathon - April 23rd 2017

Vitality 10,000 - May 29th 2017

Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 11:36

Andy .... I ran 3 marathons in an 8 week period this spring with good results at all 3 .... the 3rd one was the quickest (and best conditions). I intentionally sacked half marathons from the plan that I would have usually done as they can take a lot out of you as I wanted to run well in the marathons.

I reckon you could go for it. If you don't get a PB in Manchester and you really want to go for it in Liverpool .... me personally, I would either sack Leeds or run it at long run / training run pace .... so you don't batter yourself too much for Liverpool.

If you run Manchester and you do get into London ... you won't be doing much in between, after London you'll need 10 day minimum recovery and then you can put together a "mini-plan" for Liverpool that includes some short hard tempo runs, an 18 and a 20 mile long run and a 10 day - 2 week taper.

If you don't get into London then you have an extra week for the mini plan ..... and if you want to really blast a half marathon in the spring maybe look for a fast one about 5-6 weeks before Manchester?


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