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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.

NYC Marathon 2016 - solo traveller

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 10:55

Hi Shazmo. ... We have a little crew going (boys and girls) .... couple of my pals from RW .... and a couple of club mates, and fellow runners from my ever expanding running network! Drop into the thread above and contact through that. Quite a few of us a hotelling near the Ferry.

Sub 3

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 10:50

xpost ..... Padams nice going last night .... now rest up for that half

Sub 3

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 10:48

Happy Birthday Phil .... 9.27 is pretty handy for 3k .... unlucky for getting pipped by a silent assassin on the line!

DanA - 8.30 is a damn good pb to have for Comrades ... if you go back in search of a silver medal you'll have to get your Rocky Training music on .... with the right prep i'm sure you could give it a good go!  I think I would be over the moon to go sub9 .... be a good target for me ... something to challenge but still enjoy (hopefully) .... that's a couple of years away ... got to complete the WMMs first so I can get my hands on that monstrosity of a medal (Six Star Finisher Medal) .... i's growing on me

Bainsy ... nice race action the other night.

SC2 - yes with the old skids .... 6 hours kip becomes standard as well as running commuting .... its a delicate balance, to be a half decent father / husband / long distance runner

ES - hope the foot is not that thing you just said and just a bit of tiredness / ache that clears away with a couple of days rest.

38 miles wtd ... little 5k tempo in the park today  6.40mm ... first rest day in June tomorrow and then maybe 16-17 slow on Sunday. I've got the 5k at the Vets league at Allianz Park on Monday evening .... looking for an even paced 18.45 (track pb currently 18.53) .... treating it as a tempo / time trial ... hoping there's another runner taking part looking for the same c.6 minute miles. Actually I have a little soreness/overuse thing at the top of my foot ... ice and rest, tomorrow's rest day long overdue


Sub 3

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 00:10

Padams .... sub 7.30 is the silver medal, there is another medal for sub6 ... you have to be going some to get one of those. I think sub7.30 would be too quick for me even if I improved a little bit over the next few years. There's a different medal for sub9 ...

Phil, re London 10,000 yes previous years, more pens.

I reckon anyone thinking about this race but put off by recent comments on the starts, I'm trying to get a reply to my complaint. If they can give assurances that this year was a blip and they will be splitting the pens up a bit more as per previous years then I will be signing up and I reckon it's worth a go .... a really fast course, with loads of good runners to drag you round. I'll give them a couple more weeks as they are probably all processing thousands of GFA applications, then I'll chase for a response and I'll post the feedback here.

Did my first 20 mile run of the Autumn campaign on Sunday and today did my first proper commute double of the campaign - 10.5 and 5.5 .... damn that run home was uphill and really muggy. was dripping when I got in.

Sub 3

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 13:32

Plenty of boys and girls on this thread are turning to the dark side.(ultras) At some point I'd like to run Comrades. I've a couple of pals who do it every year and I get caught up in the hype. I watched the live coverage recently. It's fantastic and really tough. I'm not sure how I'd run it ..... run for a finish or a fastest possible time? Heathside has a V45 guy who seems to run it every year ... this year he PB'd in 6.50 which is none too shabby .... way beyond anything I could do ... although plenty of the peeps on this thread could probably run that sort of time.

Sub 3

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 13:25

Charlie ... I'm in the C race at Orion's Fast Friday ..... I've quite a few club mates in all the races. Sorry you won't be there. Anyone else in for it?

Sub 3

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 11:30

Late to the party with feedback from the Vitality 10,000 (formally Bupa 10,000)

As mentioned by others here that congestion at the front seemed to be bad this year. My opinion is they "cocked it up big time" .... I'm regular to this event and in previous years  you had 4 different coloured bibs, plus an A, B, or C on front of your number .... my maths ain't great but that's 12 starting pens! This year, they decided to ditch the A, B and C and just stick with the coloured bibs - so 4 huge pens. Why?!

I ran a not bad (and not quite a pb) 38.24 from the front "enclosure" ... the first 2 K was a constant jostle for position and I reckon I lost plenty of time and used extra energy with all the mini-surges. The negative split was 37 seconds which is fairly big for a 10k but more alarmingly the results thingy from Runpix shows that I overtook 1365 runners in the first 5K!. Suffice to say, I have lodged a big complaint to the organisers and am awaiting feedback.

Amazing anyone who managed a PB there. A few of our fast guys did well and the ladies scraped some team bling I believe.

I hope they revert back to the way they did things in previous years, otherwise this won't be the great mass race that it used to be.


Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 14:38
I'll be in Where the Foch green also .....
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