The Jimbob

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RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 10:12

Carl, just texted you mate .....

My opinion, marathon running is tough when you have young kids, can put strain on the relationship with the OH, you have to be shrewd with your training and go out at silly o'clock and do commute doubles. If you make some adjustments you can find a way to squeeze in 50 miles a week and have little impact on family life. I know, I've had to do the same. The main problem is the races, that's a whole day, or weekend, or longer if it's stateside. The more races you do, the more it aggravates the situation, however, reading your experience the other day - I know you trained brilliantly and were well on course for a chunky PB, you've made real improvements after your dicky ankle problems last year.

I would say you getting a place in the Chicago Ballet is a sure sign that you should GET YO ASS OVER THERE BUDDY .....

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 19:56
Pottermoss is making his way to the holy land, it'll be his turn this weekend at the Palestine Marathon ... Along with all you London Lovelies .....

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 16:23
Well done for finishing Andy .... Yes I bought the vid, expect email in day or 2 with download link .....

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 08:41

Wardy, 9 days ...

Emmy, 'ave it!

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 08:12
OO-51 wrote (see)

Dannir you are right about about the variables involved- there are too many. But if you set your goals on a hundred improbable things going good on thr day then you are quite likely to fail. An A goal should be neutral to all the things you can't control, weather, people, unexpected events- some go for you and some against. An A goal is the top end of your performance potential within thr limits of everthing you can know and control- your training, your recent results, your heath and your gut feeling.    

I don't think one needs to be too scientific about an A, B, C or Bronze, Silver, Gold goal. It's your own marker and people choose their's differently. I prefer the bronze silver gold thing. my criteria for gold is what I've trained for, what paces I've hit, what fitness level I am at, realistically what my body is capable of in the best case scenario and it absolutely 100 percent relies on the right weather, having enough sleep, fuelling and hydrating properly, not having to stop for toileting or congestion, not getting tripped up, not being ill, not getting cramp, and there's probably a few more ..... There's no rule how you choose. i use the target thing to help re adjust goals depending how the race is going to help my mental focus out on course ..... I find it helps.

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 23:26
OO-51 wrote (see)

Jimbob we all love you to bits. You ran your heart out but the sub 3 was never really there for you on the day- with all those great races in your legs over the last few months and your illness recently. You are not quite the marathon finished article, and we shall all have great pleasure supporting you and giving our best to help to reach your dream. To do this, this sub 3 has to be your main target and whole focus of you running season. To be continued in December....   


Hmmm .... December?! Ha ha funny guy ..... 

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:24
Excellent work Roundman, you were on your A game for sure yesterday and considering the heat you might have gone a little quicker ......

Paris Marathon 2014

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:12
Hey guys, I think we can all agree that yesterday was a tough race. For me in the same boat as TD as being short of energy have suffered with tonsilitus all week, just popping final antibiotic now) there were a couple of exceptional superhuman performances namely OO who took his shirt off and motored along in his usual effortless style. Great mention to Rog on his superb pb and I hope roundman got his gold but haven't read back properly.

I scraped my bronze GFA target in 3.13 but I toughed it out like most of us did yesterday. Like TD I was through in 1.31 but my HR was already hitting 90% and I gradually slowed to compensate. In this sense it was a good race execution. I didn't risk a DNF, my focus switched from time goal to"complete it safely as well as I could" and I did that so am very happy with how it went, this time last week I had got home from hospital very down about tonsilitus. Now I am sitting at home with medal and sore legs feeling chuffed and feeling the thread love. You cant run a pb every time. You can't control the weather. Like TD says you have to focus on the things you can control.

Sorry to hear of the DNFs, and Yermaj getting flattened putting her race goal in the bin, well done for hobbling home in a respectable time. To the masses of us who didn't hit gold but toughed it out, I say well bloody done, it takes a lot to get to the finish line, you have the medal to prove it. I salute all of us!

Sub 3

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 08:19

HR, yes I'm 41 so that's my 3rd GFA on the spin so it's really good to get a result like that when not firing on all cylinders. Although I will use my 3.05 to get me into Boston2015. ...... Who's playing?!  

You have to listen to the body. I was fatigued and could have easily hopped on the metro at half distance. I took the race cautiously, used all my gels, drank more water than in any other race (it was really warm) and even used the food stops. Zero pee stops so got pre race hydration right This time!

Sub 3

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 06:26
Morning All.
Firstly got to say I'm relieved to start and finish Paris. Fell well short of sub3, as suspected didn't have anything left in the can. 3.13.08 with a split of 1.31/1.42. First 15k bang on the money with the pacing but HR was too high for that stage, which was worrying. When I went through halfway i decided that finish safely was the priority. I had no energy, it was a warm day, picked up a nice tan, I was toughing it out. I decided to run to HR, when it crept over 160, i dropped the intensity to compensate slowing gradually to a death march with the final 2 k in 12 mins! still finishing Anti Bs today off the back of the tonsilitus which clearly scuppered my plans. Running to HR was the right play in my "condition"

Anyway, I have to say I am very happy with the time and with my race execution, and I gave it a good shot. You have to play the hand you are dealt, others would have dropped out, plenty were collapsing, I didn't want to be that guy! There will be other races, I live to fight another day, am enjoying the journay. Will rest for a bit and get prepped for the next installment.
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