The Jimbob

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Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 10:38

Heather, naughty naughty .... I know what you mean tho' when you haven't been for a run you feel like shite, so taking it very easy as you did, was wise. sometimes the run can help flush it out of your system, but if your body is fighting the virus it's dangerous to exert oneself. 

20 miles yesterday to burn of a tiny bit of all the lard I've been caning through. 

Im at Reading as well. Not sure if racing it flat out. Have a race the week before. May settle for a course pb and tempo run. It's a long way off tho so let's see how the legs feel after 15 weeks of marathon training

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 09:07
Merry Christmas Boston runners

This thread like the weather has gone a little cold in recent weeks. I hope everyone is keeping their training ticking over during this period of sitting around scoffing lardy food. I alleviated some guilt with a 20 miler yesterday.

Now the new year is nearly upon us and the real training will commence.

Lurkers de-cloak and tell us how your journey to Boston is going.

What do you need to buy before a race?

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 08:50
Sports gels.
Mini bags of jelly babies
Baseball caps (good in hot weather and rainy weather )
Mini sachets or bottles of sun cream
Mini bottles of water
Sachets of vaseline

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 23:48

Yes T2D2, that's me ,.... Brain goes to mush, I'm trying to force those carb gels down me. You have to take them before you need them. trying to pop one every 3 miles, but after a while you feel like you need to throw up. 

Paul, its still a great run. If you'd been 1 or 5 seconds out you might have used the F word a few times more! 10 seconds a mile is noticeable, especially late on. You could have ran 7 min miles for 25 and 26 and ended up using more energy and death marched the last 0.2 still missing the target by a few seconds. Sounds like it was very close. I ran a 3.05.37 in Nov 2013 and was aiming for 3:09:xx .... On the day I balls'd up my hydration and had toilet stops galore, but felt so strong in the second half I powered past the death marchers for the last 7k. Looking back I had a 30 second negative split and probably did as well as I could've. I didn't have the pressure of GFA as I'm over 40 so was elated with the Finish time. Of course you run a time like that you start sniffing at the 3 hour mark and the pressure is back on. (blimmin' race pressure) 

Half target in March will be "leather it" mid80s or sub if I can, on a good day I'm there, my training these days is more easy mileage, long runs and track work as I try to put it together in the marathon. My last marathon I gave m'self an outside chance of a 3 hour ish run but I didn't have enough in the legs. My training this year went AWOL for a few months with minor injuries that wouldn't go away. Managed to put together a shorter plan and see it through with a few good warm up races and a 3:02 in Oct. Mile 26 was a 7:45 and it felt tough.



Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 20:57
Yes Paul, sub3 tentatively always a target. Boston qualifying was the main goal and will be my A race in the spring. Will set realistic time goal after I run a half marathon in March. Hopefully be gunning for the 2.59.

It's funny what you said about miscalculating the pace. From about 20 miles in at my last race I lost the ability to do mental arithmetic. The mind goes just like the body. It's a bugger of a distance is the marathon

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 10:06

Tim2 D2 et al regarding running with someone else's bib. Couldn't agree more. Since becoming an EA affiliated club runner wouldn't dream of running in someone else's bib, or giving mine away. When you read why it's just damn dangerous. 

Paul, welcome to the madness, nice journey to Speedsville, great 3:05ing at Edinburgh. If you are over 40 then congrats on the GFA time, if under 40, Ouch. The GFA marker for under 40 men is bloody tough, you'll get there soon enough if you can keep on top of your injuries. Paris s a great course for a PB so have a good winter campaign and see what kind of shape you are in come March. You never know, target the 3 hour, with the consolation prize of a GFA. A quick stalk on powerof10 reveals you are already fast enough to run the 3 hour, you just need marathon specific training in the legs (and the body to hold together). Hopefully 2015 will be OUR year!


merry Christmas To all the Paris Posse. I'm desperately combatting the crimbo eating with training miles. 7 on Monday steady, 10 today at tempo pace with good hills and HR. 

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 23:19

Holly, Reading is a fast course , just sayin

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:41

Tim - Reading is 22/3. 3 weeks before Paris. you could still run a 20 miler (but slowwwww) 2 weeks before. Others may disagree. I went for a 2 week taper last time out and it worked ok for me.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:00
chunkytfg wrote (see)

Well next years plans for me are on the list so feel free to join me.  I could do with a drag round the WImbleball HIM course if you fancy it? 

Exmoor? I'm too much of a pansy to do a triathlon. I'll happily nag you to do your long run in training every week tho' - good luck training for the full IM. I've heard you need 9 hours a week training minimum. I'm doing 6-7 hours pw running and that's enough. Others do more, but my legs object. One of my real strengths is encouraging everyone to go to the pub after a race and knock back beers. On the long club run I talk of beer towards the end of the session and plant that little devil into people's brains

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 16:42

Ha ha Emmy "speedstar" (not quite) - I prefer "simple runner" like Run Forrest Run type. I don't know why I LOVE it, I just do ....

Cheers for the Love Chunkytfg ..... hopefully catch you at a race next year (not Paris, cause I'm taking 2015 off in favour of Boston - that has been my ambition and driving force

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