The Jimbob


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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?

 

Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 16:37
Eggyh73 wrote (see)

Off to Tromso tomorrow for the Midnight Sun Marathon. Looking forward to catching up with a few regulars here.

Still not sure about the race plan. One part of me wants to make up for a poor run in Copenhagen. The other part of me thinks I've hardly trained since then after being ill so should just coast it. I'll make my mind up on the start line.

just go for it ..... Hollywood or bust

Sub 3

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 10:44

Padams there were 4 heathsiders in the 5k so you possibly lapped us all ... I was the slowest, our quickest guy was 18.00 dead (actually 17.59 but the gun always nicks a bit!)

Sub 3

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 09:43

Were you at the Vets last night Padams? was that you coming storming passed me again on the 5k? .... I think I shouted you some encouragement. Lets try to say hello next time at Hemel .... i'll be with all my Heathside posse.

Spikes probably was a good shout, the track was quite damp last night. It made for a not so impressive 19.27 in the 5k ... which I felt was kind of ok and ran solid pace considering my legs felt trashed from a tough 16 mile session on Sunday.

More enjoyable for me was the 1500 in the V40s heat, I was non scoring and our scorer quickly got in front and eased away for the win. I was locked in a little battle with 2 other guys and then I knew it was a "race" rather than a "time trial" .... I got into second and defended the place, (like wot they do on the telly) .... trying to gently squeeze the pace gradually to ease away from them. That seemed to be working although I could still hear them puffing away behind me. Once of the guys had a bit of support and they kept shouting to him to "sit on my shoulder" and "close up a bit". Anyway final lap, I felt ok and kept it steady and started to pump it a bit around the back bend, I could hear one of the guys coming hard and his supporters were yelling ..... we hit the straight and I was still solid but this guy came roaring alongside me .... he nudged in front for a bit and I remained solid - in my mind I was thinking he had used up his effort closing to me .... I made my move late .... 30 metres out .... passed him just before the line and finished about 3 tenths ahead according to the results. What a laugh - felt like a win.

oh yeah ...I did a "silly" -  at the start of the evening I put on a scoring bib in the 100 which was not a good idea ... in the v40 heat ... they all leapt out of the blocks and dropped me, as soon as I tried to react and properly bolt it (excuse the irony) I felt the hammy twinge or maybe it was the muscle in the back of my leg, but no way I was DNF'ing ..... suffice to say I couldn't close up and finished dead last in a time that I cannot print - ok 17 seconds (youch). Still managed to score points for the team and after the 5k the leg felt a bit better. Feels like rubbish today so I'm in for an easy week and also a cutback week on the mileage as per my "plan"..... although there is an SAL fixture on Saturday

LMH - superb run, amazing

New York 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 11:31
Slinky ..... hope the niggles abate .... do you have a good foam roller? I use The Grid ..... A.K.A OROD (Orange Roller of Doom) ..... i'm getting on that today and use it regularly throughout training.

New York 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 11:20
Shazmo ..... we'll be doing Saturday early evening dinner fuel up, and post race booze up on Sunday. Also opportunities for expo meet up if we are there at the same time .... plus the party really starts for me when I get to Heathrow early Friday so if anyone is on similar flight time then we can do airport brekkie and cab pool (or subway as a group) when we arrive NYC to head straight to the expo.

New York 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 11:04
How's everyone's training going? I've started to ramp up .... May was a 200 mile month and I did my first 20 last Sunday in the muggy warmth of central London. 38 miles so far this week and I'm feeling a little sore in the lower leg. Rest day today.

Worth pointing out that ramping up quickly can bring on injuries so it's important to know one's limitations. I've been increasing by 10% per week and will cut back by at least that every 4th or 5th.

Don't forget the deadline is coming (early July) to make your choice for pre race travel and post race poncho or bag drop. I'm on the 6.30am ferry and poncho.
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