The Jimbob

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Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 18:31

Orb, how bout that Berlin vid?

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 20:29

PC - great piece, cheers I will pay heed to that. You had a tough finish and still brought it home in a great time.

Jake when last we met you were talking about your ultrarunning - glad that's going well.

Nicole - Valencia is a faster course than London - it's not so congested, I had a good race. The pressure was off my Boston hopes as I had a BQ about 6 weeks before at Berlin so I just went out around pb pace and see what happened, at 39k I was passing loads of people and had a strong finish. You never know, you could crack the BQ this time, although you would more likely need a 3.53 to get in as its so popular these days. Just keep chipping away at the PB and it will come.

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:55
wendy Prowse 3 wrote (see)
Hello there everyone, I'm in aswell. That wait was definitely not fun. Seems that running Tokyo made my verification a bit more drawn out. I emailed them my bib number in the end as it didn't just come up with my name on the Japanese website. Fortunately the wait is over now! How exciting for us all, boston!!!

Top tip emailing the bib number to help them verify Wendy. It is VERY exciting. Just have a small matter of Winter training.

It's agony over there on facebook for the squeakers. 24,000 places for BQ-ers and I wonder how many extras - can't be many?!

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:39

City Fan - NO WAY to the UKAA licence instead of Le Med Cert. You need signed and stamped Med Cert from the paris website or you won't get in. The Italian races accept the UKA licence but not anything in France.

Whaqatac. Yes I did Reigate and had a steady 1.25.10 - ran out of steam on mile 11/12 but I am in OK form. Yes awful about the runner. What can one say. Well sad.

Have a great time in Berlin. fantastic race / atmosphere / BEER. Glad to see you are back in Paris next year, I'm not as I'm in Boston, but in the words of Arnie- i'll be back.(in 2016). The wife n spoglets are good - taking them all to Paris for the marathon and a bit of a faff when you really want to concentrate on a marathon and then hang out with your running pals. We made the best of it, did some touristy stuff on the Monday and had a bit of an adventure. It was the start of the School hols for them so they were pretty knackered but we weren't bothered about the late nights. 

Whaqatac - get in touch through private message, we'll chat more - maybe see you down Hyde Pk to trot out a couple of laps.

Mattywar. Just plain beautiful running mate. 1.35 and knocking on the door of a sub3.30. It's doable - if you have the miles in the legs, keep it steady. The 12 minute PB is a big old chunk and a testament to the dedication you are putting in. That result does not come from sitting on your back side. You are in your up-curve of improving - like HIAHS - you guys will feed off your PBs, which drive you on to train smarter, eat better and make huge leaps forward. Enjoy the ride! I'll be looking for your data on Strava  


Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:18

Hello All - just dropping in. Did this last year and then spent the afternoon at the pub with last year's thread. It's a great course for a PB - I ran my PB- which I have used as a qualifying time to get me into Boston 2015. JakeUK is back for his 3rd year, he can't get enough!. I'll come back at some point. It's a cheap and easy city to navigate. Good atmosphere for the race. Top tip - if you stay in the Expo Hotel and you like a porridge pot on the morning of your run - take a travel kettle!

Hope you are well Jake


Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:10

ha ha, yeah either that or just on the verge of having a meltdown. Right in the heart of my training plan - 2 big weeks of mileage ahead before a 2 week taper. You know when you are training and it's running on tired legs? You need to get the miles in there but after a while it gets a bit tough and then tougher. I need the taper so my poor stumpies can get refreshed!

have you booked your flight - I think BA has a sale on USA flights that is ending imminently. (like the next day or two or something)

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 20:46

But once you finish the Boston/London Double what will you (we) do? you will be physically "tired" and mentally? - probably feel a bit empty after the natural high has worn off ..... and then sign up for an Ultra?!

I just raced Reigate Half yesterday in a not quite PB (my second quickest half)

A good warm up for the Abingdon Marathon in 4 weeks. Suffering a bit today with sore legs. Will jog out some slow miles tomorrow as the focus switches to 2 long slow training runs (20+ miles) over the next 2 weeks peppered with plenty of easy/steady shorter runs.

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 21:09

Cara! Congratulations! I've have no tips regarding back to back marathons but I need to get some, I'm also doing the Boston London double next year. Planning to run Boston and "get round" London (or possibly help pace a friend to a pb)

They are 6 days apart so god help us.

Regarding your low training mileage and restrictive dietary situation, I can only summise that you are a natural talent! Imagine if you trained a 100 miles a week and did track work. You could be representing at the Olympics .....

Actually I have a pal over on the Paris thread , Emmy, who is 69 marathons into her quest to run 100 in less than 3 years to gain full membership to 100MarathonClub. She always seems to be doing weekend doubles! Nearer the time we will tap her up for some tips on managing aches and recovering quickly.

Sub 3

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:22

Jools - fantastic run at Bristol - I'm sure that's hotly contested with all your club mates so brilliant PB - I could only dream of such times, probably going to have to suck it up and go to the track on the club nights and train properly .... (when it starts up again)

I had a sold 1:25:10 (not a PB) at the new Reigate Half this morning. Was on for it all the way but didn't save anything for the tricky 11 and 12 miles - winedy and climby. Was definitely on for early 1.24s until that point (through 10 miles in a smidge over 63) - which would have been a pb but missed it by 27 seconds. I wasn't really targeting a pb as such - this is not my A race - I am focused on Abingdon so this one was really about giving the legs a good blast which it did and I'm actually quite happy. I didn't hold back and pushed for as long as I could - managed plenty of banter with other runners. A 6.28 on the final mile and got hunted down on the home straight but I finished solid .... it has potential for good times in the future, a few annoying bits and sections that slow you down, like tight park routes and a quite uneven long gravelly section in the middle, and a bit of pavement action towards the end. Probably wouldn't do it again as it involved the M25 and I was doing 30-40 mph all the way to the M4 due to "congestion"

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 09:00

Valencia is a good place to run a BQ. It's pancake flat with some nice wide long straight drags where you can cruise, like Berlin, but far less congested. 

So looks like there will be a cutoff again this year, for Boston entries. Considering the expanded the field size with over 2000 extra places for qualifiers, it just goes to show, it's getting more and more popular, even Berlin is balloted now. Thankfully there are loads of good events out there.


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