The Jimbob

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Posted: 02/02/2016 at 12:19

Morning Speedsters. Glad to see everyone is getting their spring campaign on. I'm looking forward to having a drink with you guys post VLM, who cares about the race, I'm all about the beer.

After Florence and a nice hang out with Selbs, I've dropped off the radar for Crimbo and family commitments. I've totally skipped the XC season, congrats to whoever ran the dirty Heath at the Southerns on Saturday. It's a filthy course. I should have ran as it is in my manor, but I've opted to concentrate on trying to put a bit of mileage in the legs for Tokyo. Less than 4 weeks out, I didn't have much of a rest after my last marathon. I'm on an 11 week makeshift "plan" (which includes a 10-11 day taper). It's been OK'ish .... managed to build it up and did over 240 miles in Jan (which is a lot for me) .... already ran a bunch of long runs and some tempo runs, doubles but no tune up races planned. There isn't really a time target for spring marathons - yes I'm doing Paris and London as well. Tokyo will probably be my quickest if I have a good execution c.3 hours .... but not "planning" too much as I'm more about the tourism.

I'm in the ballot for New York as well as a time qualifier in a non NYRR race so fingers crossed. It's positioning early November is quite good. Enough time to get ready for it and enough time to recover properly and have a nice long winter campaign for VLM 2017. Anyway that's a long way off .... must concentrate on the here and now .... managing a few niggles, got another big week planned and then starting to cut it back on the mileage and do a few time trials to gauge fitness.

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Posted: 01/02/2016 at 14:42

Foxy, good luck! .... look out for the London Heathside vests (a couple of them might give you a run for your money) .... I won't be running though as I'm on a no race policy till Tokyo (going long again this weekend sighhhhh) - got plenty of my club mates going up for it though. have a cracker.


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Posted: 29/01/2016 at 12:30
Running Rodent wrote (see)
Cboytie - welcome, pull up a chair. If you look back to the first page of this thread there are a lot of top tips, or if you have any other questions, just fire away.

Tired legs - that's a pain, but it's doable. Even allowing for a long wait to get over the start and 5.5 hours you'll be done by 4. That gives you three hours for travel to the airport (takes about an hour by public transport), check in and general faffage. There may be showers at the airport, or stock up on wet wipes! If you can travel hand baggage only it'll cut down the time you need at the airport.

Yey RR - you used the word Faffage! My wife and I first started using this at Paris 2014 when we faffed the kids there, to the expo, to the pub, on and off the metro. What a faff.

2013 .... I left Paris on the same day as the marathon .... the 8.50pm Eurostar. That was annoying enough. definitely worth staying the extra night or leaving as late as possible.

2016 - coming on me tod (with fellow runners) - leaving on the Monday midday train.

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Posted: 28/01/2016 at 15:31

Gunner Runner et al. The weight loss on the long run is mostly dehydrating. Have a big glass of choccy nesquick in full fat milk and a bit of marmite on toast when you finish the run. It'll sort you right out. 3 cups of tea .... you'll have one of those kgs back on in no time.  1-2 kg is normal on a long run and more if it's warmer.

Yep the carbs thing .... the more miles I do the more carbs I need, kind of makes sense. Plus more frequent endurance training your metabolism speeds up. God I just want to eat and eat for a few days after a full marathon.

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Posted: 27/01/2016 at 12:26

god all I can think about is eating carbs at the moment

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Posted: 26/01/2016 at 10:53
Heroine in a half-shell wrote (see)

List fairy - Please could you put me down for Paris 3rd Apr, VLM 24th Apr, The Ox Ultra 22nd May, Midnight Sun Marathon 18th June, Giant's Head Marathon 25th June and Race to the Stones 100k 16th July. Thanks!! I thought I had an easy schedule this year, I can't quite work out how this has happened!!


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Posted: 26/01/2016 at 10:49
Dannirr wrote (see)

I'm going to disagree with my far more accomplished friends Jimbob and RR.  I don't think the slower pace of the long run is to help you learn to burn fat.  Why do I say that?  Because on both hose training runs and during the marathon we take in almost pure carbs as fuel - and as long as we do that, there is virtually no fat burning going on.  None.   To burn fat as fuel, you have to be glucose depleted.  So, if you want to train your body to use fat as fuel - which you can do - you need to train and race without using carbs.

The purpose of going slower on long run training is to enable you to still have quality training sessions in the days following the long run, and not be too trashed to do that.

Hmm .... agreed you won't burn any fat on a short slow run, but on a longer workout you burn fat and carbs at the same time, if it's slower you burn less carbs giving you more reserves. The purpose of the session is to not to train yourself to use fat as fuel but to make your carbs last you longer. But of course, if you run it too hard you will knacker your training for the following few days having a negative effect on your other training sessions..


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Posted: 26/01/2016 at 00:06
Wendy .... lots of things will make you ran faster on the day. Firstly, you will be fully trained and fully tapered. You will have race adrenaline that will help you go up the gears early on and help you to run your target race pace. Another thing to get into your training between now and race day are some decent tempo runs. Go and race Parkrun. This Saturday!

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Posted: 25/01/2016 at 13:11

Eggy ... the final 3 miles of Boston, I was having such a perfect day at the office I kept yelling at myself to keep my emotions in check. Yelling helps, in Amsterdam at 40k distance I bellowed out "I need a big fat ice cream" ....and in my last marathon in Florence I yelled out only a parkrun to go - that was kind of desperate, I was spent but managed to maintain the pace despite running on vapours

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Posted: 25/01/2016 at 13:06

you can wing it to a point on the shorter distances, but with the full marathon, the glycogen runs out no matter what pace you run it at. Then you have find something else from the depths of your mind to get yourself to the finish .... I find thinking about cold beers, ice cream and lardy food helps

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