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Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:38

In the Army BFT we had pacers front and back ..as long as you finished ahead of the back pacer you passed ....is it the same in the Navy ? I know on the day with the build up most of the guys I did BT  with, passed ..Good luck with it

Bit the bullet!

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 13:43

Which Marathon and when ?, check out the course is it flat, hilly ? read up on any reviews that have been posted on this site...Agree with Cougie get yourself a training plan,this will help you to avoid injuries

If you fancy it, join a running club,you will find plenty of Marathon runners there who will also help with your training, advice etc..

Main bit is to enjoy your running and don't worry if you have a bad run, feel tired getting nowhere etc.. we all go through those stages

HELP!! Missed last long run!

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:31

Two week taper for a half ...ack the young today  ...get out for a 12 miler  plenty of time ....

Why does the magazine always have pretty ladies on the front?

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:27

Runners World forum also has a magazine ...(learn something new every day )

I used to buy Forum magazine ..not much running in that though

Any first timers want to talk about VLM 2015?

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:22

Ignore the last 10k of a Marathon just remember you have completed 20 miles, hard work done ...now it's cruising time  the sights are better ..Embankment,Thames,  Big Ben, Buck House ..more crowds, as Cougie says a wall of sound ..and best of all the finish line is not far away .. don't forget 'Pain is  weakness leaving the body ' or use your own Mantra  

Liverpool marathon

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:12


Looks like you prepared really well I would say the fitness will still be there but being mindful of the injury (Making the bed ! ) I would prepare for a slower Marathon possibly 4hour 15 and see how you do on the day,

I take it the 7 weeks includes the Taper if so, you would be looking to start off at 13/14 miles so you can get to the magical 20 before taper...but all this depends if you get any little niggles, I don't know enough about the sacroilliac joint but as someone who ran injured from mile 9 of the Liverpool marathon in 2011 it can be a very long day

Hope the rest of your training goes well, me, the kids and extended family (Father in Law is a 2 hour 20 min marathon runner in his day) will be cheering on the 4 hour finishers (My Wife estimated time is around 4 hour 45) so hope you do well

Liverpool marathon

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:56


My Wife will be running Liverpool again this year (it helps that we live in Liverpool) currently she is at 14 miles for her Long Run, I take it if you trained for Manchester your Long Runs must be around the 20 - 22 mile mark ? so just a couple of questions

1. What injury did you get ?

2. Apart from Long runs what other training were you doing ? and when can you run again ?

Any first timers want to talk about VLM 2015?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:33

Look out for the offical Photographers around the course especially at the end ..(they will be at / on the finish line) ..get their attention (if possible) then go for it...makes for a great picture for your photo album

Get there as early as you can, most runners are heading towards their pens at 9am,  it will take at least 10 minutes to get to the start line so if you need the toilet just walk over you won't be last  

stay out of the middle of the road when running as it can get quite busy there and you may have to get out of the way of quicker/slower runners..if you are nearer to the pavement often you can use that as an overtake

If you notice somebody in a costume and want to get on more pictures or the  News (TV)  stick by them..those guys can be quite fast without the costume, but often are going at an easier pace with it on .....plus you get more people noticing you and giving you a shout out..

As said previously most who start finish so don't worry about that but if the worst should happen the Tube is free for Runners get yourself to the finish area to meet family

You will have a great day,I will be doing the Bolton 10k on Sunday so will catch up on the highlights when I get home..AND looking forward to reading this thread

Any first timers want to talk about VLM 2015?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 09:23

Its not too far from the tube station to the start at Blackheath and the holding pens are really good plenty of water, big screen telly etc..after the race most of the pubs are busy but they expect more business so there will be extra bar staff and you will get a drink a lot more easier than you may think.

Ensure you find a really easy place to meet your Friends and Family at the end as it does get very busy once you exit of the mall

Any first timers want to talk about VLM 2015?

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 13:44

Can tell you about my experience in 2013 (everybody else fed up of hearing about it ) I started at Blackheath, it was a very hot day so needed to cool down on a regular basis ..excellent firemen around 3 miles with a hose out and a lovely cool jet of water ...Bugger that was cold ..then at 10k all the runners from the other starts converge ..a few enjoyable insults thrown at each other ..now where is that bloody ship..and the cobbles ..now there is a mat covering them so that was Ok ..time for that bridge the Yank thought he had bought ..nope not London Bridge but Tower bridge and half way point ..result..TV camera's loads of people and the half way mark..now on towards Docklands ..the crowds here were three to four deep ...make sure you have your name on your vest as people yelling at me to "Keep Going sexy" ...Ok made up the sexy bit.....17,18,19 ..then the magic 20 mile bit only a 10k remaining, not long until you find yourself on Embankment and in the distance Big Ben ..down into underpasses ..eerily quiet then in the sunshine again and loads of noise

Smile at the Runners next to me..nick a Banana off some kid..sure he was offering,it to me... honest Officer  

Turn right at Big Ben not long to go..look I have just caught up to a load of Squaddies ...*disclaimer this lot all running in boots with packs on theri backs ..

That guy a head of me getting loads of interest from the crowds...Ed Balls

Round the next corner ..Bloody Ell it's only the finish line ..5 hour 15 minutes later I am looking for a Pub for the first Alcholic drink since the 1st of January..Guinness time  now enjoy the sun and watch the others come in

Biggest bit of advice from me is enjoy the experience, don't worry about times (Plenty of other Marathon's for that) but if you get a good time as well ...BONUS

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