The Jimbob

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Posted: 09/12/2015 at 14:31

Yes ES! - nice Paula picture, not blurred like my entry. I bumped into her this year at VLM expo and she was desperate for a pic with The Jimbob in his Boston jacket!.




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Posted: 09/12/2015 at 09:47

JCT1 .... Hampstead as you know is not a flat parkrun .... and FP is surprisingly un-flat. It's around 45 seconds slower than a 5k track time trial. Hampstead is tougher than FP but FP is still tough. Highbury and Hackney Marshes are faster (I've heard). I haven't run Hampstead in over a year and they are building a dam there at the moment so part of the normal route is closed. I'm not sure how they have modified it.


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Posted: 08/12/2015 at 16:29

I'm starting the training for Tokyo on Monday ..... 8 weeks (plus short taper) of trying to get myself in similar shape to pre-Dam. I'm realistic to think I can't match Boston for preparation or race targets if I'm "under baked" which I clearly will be. Boston was 18 weeks with 8 x 20+ mile LSRs plus a whole hat load of other good training. I can't expect miracles off 8 weeks, so will just give it a good crack and see what happens.

I've no tune up halves this time so i'll have to gauge fitness from some club sessions or a parkrun early Feb.

Paris will be a "jolly-up" with all you lot.

HIAHS - I guess you should be looking to get started around this week or next. No time like the present love - get to it!

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Posted: 08/12/2015 at 13:54

...... then after a while you get crazy people like Running Rodent and Dannir who sign up for Comrades (a couple of years back) as a one off, but next year he's going back for his 3rd ... and then he's signed up for bleedin' MdS! cause after a while ..... 26.2 miles ain't long enough!


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Posted: 08/12/2015 at 13:50

yep it takes it's toll. Trying to knock another hard-ish marathon so close to another is mentally tough as well as physically. I kept telling myself that although I had lost a bit of top end speed/fitness/sharpness (that's the first thing that goes when you stop training) I still had plenty of good endurance (that sticks around the longest)  left in the can which helped me to hold strong in the latter stages, unlike the fella who I was running with who was clearly much fitter than me but lacking in endurance, he struggled more late on.

Also, I think the closer you get to reaching your potential, you'll make smaller and less frequent improvements, and you'll have to work harder than ever in training for them, meaning you'll stress your body more, increasing the risk of injury, feeling more tired during heavy training, plus all this time you are getting older meaning you lose some top end zip from that, plus you are more at risk from injury ...... why do we do this again? oh yeah - we're marathon addicts!

Sub 3

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 16:41

yes Dan, I am Norf ways, I do FP parkrun sometimes as it's Heathside heavy. I'll take her to it at some point. The little park near me in Finchley is so close to the house it's convenient for us to run up there, do a couple of laps and jog back ..... she's got a swagger (like her old man!) - and a look of determination. I don't want to push her too much though, she has young soft bones, don't want to overload the little mite!

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Posted: 07/12/2015 at 13:55

Nice running in horrible blustery conditions at the weekend Dan, and everyone. great result SL and Ryan nice high mileage. You've got the eye of the tiger for VLM after last year's injury woes and we're expecting the fireworks from you come April.

Seems like everyone got their finger out at the weekend, loads of you doubling up with horrible XCs on Saturday and then races on Sunday. Excellent work by you all, makes me feel guilty I'm not pulling my weight.  I'm at day 8 of planned 14 day total rest. Feeling like a blob, but it's in the plan, will have a couple of short slow easy runs this week (they don't count).

Despite the winds I managed to get up on the scaffolding on Saturday to help roofers locate and fix a leak on my house - just waiting for a big downpour to see if we managed to get it (this time).

Before that in the morning I got out for an hour in the park with my daughters and some kids from my eldest's class, I'm "coaching" them for a sponsored (mile) run. We warmed up and then I managed to get them all to run a 2 mile course and they seemed to enjoy it. Looks like it will be a weekly "thing" - some of the parents are going to join in. All positive stuff encouraging kids and adults to take up the sport. My youngest (6 year old daughter) has talent and she seems quite into it. I've been running with her quite a few times. She does 2 miles in about 25 minutes and is pretty steady. I'm building her up slowly to a (parkrun) 5k as she's quite a little'un. The little park near me is good for that, 1 lap is about 800 metres so i'll introduce another lap into the mix when she seems ready.

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Posted: 07/12/2015 at 12:18

there's no doubt that you have to find what works for you with the training. If you "bonk" every time in a race then perhaps you are doing something wrong in training, if you have the odd bad day at the office, then it's just a bad day, they don't all go perfect that's for sure. Too many things can mess you up in a marathon .... it's like making the perfect Christmas dinner and getting it all on the table exactly how you want it or expect it to be. You can do everything right and still end up with luke warm roast tatties .... you can't microwave a roastie

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Posted: 07/12/2015 at 10:47

Yes Phil you would have had plenty of good endurance training in the legs from the bucket loads of cycling you did training for that 180k leg in the IM

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Posted: 06/12/2015 at 23:11
Fair point Danni. I agree, the long run is about time on feet and there isn't much value in doing much more than about 3 hours LSR. For me running 20 at 7.45 mm comes in at 2.35ish and I'm more or less ready to resume training the day after as long as I don't hammer the pace. In the case of a slower runner, doing 5 x 2.5-3 hour runs in a training plan along with 8 x 90 min runs midweek at a slightly sharper pace would probably be better advice. I'm not one who advocates a 20 miler at marathon pace, but that's based on my own experience of feeling pooped after and not been able to recover quickly enough.

I suppose the fitter and faster one becomes, one can tolerate more training until they reach their potential. As I have "improved" I've been able to ask a little more of myself each time in training in terms of volume. Increasing that volume has been a gradual process for me over the last few years as ramping it up quickly is not really feasible. I really felt the benefit of doing a lot of long runs this year and felt very strong in those late stages of those marathons. At this level I know the only way to get any more PBs at this distance is to do more miles, more quality, more long runs and fewer rest days ..... It all sounds rather knackering but i dont suppose there's many runners banging out sub 2.50s on much less than 60-70 miles a week
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