Posted: 16/09/2014 at 16:01
Cheers Orapidrun,Stuchbury, Orbutt.
Welcome Telstar Man. Well done on qualifying and getting through the applications. It's looking like all qualifiers who apply by end of tomorrow will get in (hopefully) - as I've said before, anyone who runs the time should be able to take part. Last year was tough, I had a pal with -29 seconds and he missed the cut off. My other pal Running Rodent (above) had 6 mins to spare, so went and conquered.
My usual haunt is on the Paris Marathon Thread, and the sub3 thread - although I'm not sub3 - but they are good people in there who do tonnes of training and have good advice. I thought I'd get this one going for a laugh.
So, I qualified at Valencia in November with a 3.05.37 (V40) and had a great run there - thankfully already bagged a good enough BQ in Berlin 6wks before at 3.11.52, so there was no pressure on the day really and was able to enjoy the run and went on to run a cracker. Boston will be my 8th Marathon and as we know they don't all go perfect. Chasing target times can be tricky and if you don't feel quite right on the day and you still stick to the clock you can end up jeopardising things and risk hitting the wall in the later part of the race or doing the last 6 mile "death marching" or risking the dreaded DNF - which would be horrible especially if you poured months into training for the one race. It's all about knowing the body, re-evaluating along the way, setting mini-targets, fuelling right, making the right decisions to get yourself to the end - and most importantly (IMO) enjoying the race.
This is what I want from Boston - to enjoy the experience. I'm not going to flog myself for the sub3 - I will see what I can do over the winter in training to get myself in that shape, but I'm not banking on it - I want the medal. Meet some nice people, have some beers and nice food and get back safe and sound to my family
Telstar Man - have you booked a flight yet? I booked my flight 4 months ago when they became available- typically they are now cheaper than what I paid which is annoying, but I suppose I have the flights I wanted..... flying BA on the Friday - coming back late Monday night