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stardust
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:25
Just entered (fnah) a half later in the year. My goal is to get a quicker time than the last one, so around the 2 hour mark would be nice, but it's been a while since I did any serious running, so I am probably going to just have to suck it up and be slow and then build up again.
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:27
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that's the best way Dusto
Action Wurst
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:29
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I suck at running but do it anyway and my Goal is to be as fit and fast as I was about a year ago, when I suddenly stopped sports and smoked a lot again. Now I have stopped Smoking (almost 1 month) and my running gets better but I am a bit overweight and my results are still abysmal
Keef_
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:29
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Current Goal: October London Parks half marathon in less than 90 minutes
Current acheivement: Half marathon in more than 90 minutes
Love for Bam: Data not recorded.
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:32
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that data is always recorded Keef - deleting your browsing history achieves nothing
Keef_
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:39
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heh
pancake humper
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:46
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I used to eat and drink what I liked and run it all off. About 9 months ago I stopped with the running and continued with the eating and have been getting increasingly fat.

Started the running up again 3 weeks ago. It's fvcking hard work, but making decent progress - managed 10k again for the first time last night.
angrynconfused
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:49
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My current goal is the marathon on Sunday.......im not confident right now
stardust
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:54
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Oooh, I hope you're carb loading AnC. Enjoy it!! It's such an amazing feeling when you turn right at Westminster and see the signs that you've just got metres to go the crowds are incredible, too. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
volenti_nfi
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:55
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Current goals: better overall health, reduced weight, Royal Parks half in October
Stretch goal: Boston qualifying time- seems a long way off
BAM love: perhaps going out for a coffee first?

angrynconfused: lack of confidence howso? Positive visualisation time or need for a realistic plan based on sub-optimal training? Longest runs to date?
angrynconfused
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:56
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Thanks....I just hoping I get that far at this point. Any confidence seems to have disappeared this week.

No extra carbs just yet as im still a lump and a half but Saturday is going to be pasta filled.
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:56
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nice one Humpz

Andro- good luck man. attac yourself to one of the pace runners and just don't let them out of your sight. that way you don't have to think aout anything . that's y only advice.
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:58
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*Angro
angrynconfused
Posted - 20 April 2017 13:59
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My longest runs to date have been 22 miles twice. Im realistic that im looking at 4:30 and would be happy with that.

My last run this morning was only 4 miles and that just left me half dead. My head just cant seem to cope with the idea of another 4.2 on top of the 22 I've done.
angrynconfused
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:00
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Thanks

I think that sticking to the pacer is going to be my best option.
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:02
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Angro, that's completely normal. every marathon I've done, the first 3 miles have been impossible, but then before you know it you're 16 miles in and feeling fine. trust me sun.

you'll smash this out the park
pancake humper
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:09
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If you've run 22 miles in training you'll smash 26 in a race.

Running in a race is nothing like running on your own, especially one on the scale of the London Marathon.
stardust
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:10
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Angry - rest your legs now. Wait until Sunday. Maybe go for a walk tomorrow, but ease up! Have you had a sports massage this week?
volenti_nfi
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:11
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AnC- sounds like taper frenzy to me, legs often feel completely leaden in the last week. Don't go too mental on the carb loading on Saturday, portaloos are grim at the best of times and London's can be particularly so.

Loads of mental tricks to try to get through the endgame- I like the idea of dedicating each of the last 6 miles to someone special.
blindtom
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:14
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In contrast I felt great early in the marathon and went too fast. Mile 18 I started to regret it.
angrynconfused
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:17
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Thanks all. Despite the worry I am looking forward to it.

"dedicating each of the last 6 miles to someone special"

I like this idea.
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:23
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feel free to dedicate the last 0.2 to me sun
Keef_
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:23
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The problem with the mile dedication thing is that when you collapse on mile 24 whilst involuntarily emptying your bowls and losing your toenails, you will guilty about the dedicatee and not finishing their mile.
blindtom
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:24
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Angry, if you've put the miles in you should be fine. Stick to the pacer. My mistake was not doing that and going to fast early on.

I don't really have any goals at the moment. Coming of a period of not running very much so just trying to get back into it.
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:29
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I don't even run a bath
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:31
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I'm struggling to find a distance that suits at the moment.

after my ultra last year I'm all out of inspiration. still running loads but don't know what to aim for
volenti_nfi
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:46
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BAM- complete change of direction? Try to blow your parkrun PB out of the water? Cross-country, orienteering, obstacle races (shudder)- or look at something completely bonkers and once in a lifetime (MdS, Spartathlon, GUCR etc etc)
homo heidelberwangsis
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:48
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in the words of Mrs B last night "let's discuss this like adults"

Does she not know you at ALL?
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 14:50
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yeah I've thought about doing something like that Vollo, but I just like running quite hard for a long time, but I need goals.

I think I'm confident that I know and have reached my physical limits for a marathon and half and found the Ultra really really boring (though loved the training)

short distances would require me to change my body shape - f*** that.
litenbjorn
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:12
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First ultra in the summer. I fully expect it to kill me. If it doesn't, sub-4 at Berlin in the autumn would be nice.
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:16
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do you run in your boxers Cookie?
camenbert
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:17
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actually going for a run would be nice right now...
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:17
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liten- what distance Ultra you doing?

how long have you been training for?

I really really hated the ultra. it's basically a test of being able to eat cake whilst jogging. marathons have felt harder and def more "euphoric".
volenti_nfi
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:23
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You could try mixing the running with other stuff BAM- duathlons, triathlons, Otillo swimrun etc or there are other ways of putting yourself through the physical wringer for the endorphin rush (loads of Concept 2 records of various shapes and forms).
litenbjorn
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:24
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53 miles Bam. I hate myself for signing up. It's been a good 6 months of training, although admittedly a fair amount of that has been all day hikes in all weathers just to get used to the sheer amount of time on my feet. I've never been fast so found marathons a bit of a depressing slog, hoping that the inevitable walking/eating sections of an ultra make me feel like less of a failure! It's lack of crowd support that scares me, I fear huge portions of this race could feel very lonely and bleak.
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:29
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Liten, that's completely it. I stupidly forgot my iphone doesn't last much more than 5 hours at the best of times when running GPS and music, so I was stuck without music for ages. it's very bleak and very boring and my route wasn't split well so hardly any spectators.

take an old school ipod if you still have one.
B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:34
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Cookie sun, it's unlikely that I'm going to feel the Burn from a man that heavily uses a website that he openly despises, still feels the need to intellectually grandstand in his advanced years and bases their social life on *coughs*

good try though.

B'A'M
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:39
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no. not at all. completely comfortable in my own skin that I'm not that bothered about the digs


you seem to be quite excited about it though.
maybe it's something that you can tell the ki..., wif...., fri.... write in your diary?
angrynconfused
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:48
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"it's basically a test of being able to eat cake whilst jogging. marathons have felt harder and def more "euphoric"."

I like cake....I feel better about my next goal now. Conquest of Avalon in June and then Grim Reaper end of July.
stardust
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:55
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AnC - when I finished the VLM, I ate an entire pizza by myself. It was amazing. That might help keep you going. Not me eating the pizza but obviously your own eating of lots of amazing things afterwards...
blindtom
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:57
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Maybe look at Marathon du Medoc which has wine and tasting at the water stations.
angrynconfused
Posted - 20 April 2017 15:57
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That does sound good but my problem is that I started running because I used to eat whole pizzas to myself too often.

My wife is taking me out for a meal that evening so I can eat well but be forced to maintain some level of dignity.
stardust
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:01
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Changing diet is blooming hard. I was bigger than I am now when I ran the marathon. I also still was smoking which probably didn't help...plus I didn't do as much training as I could have done. HOWEVER, I did it. I got round. I had a blast. You will too
litenbjorn
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:07
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Everyone ends up being sick at Medoc don't they? I've done the Bacchus in Dorking before which is similar although less extravagant. Wine and running do not agree.
blindtom
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:10
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Couple of friends of mine did it and they didn't mention vomming.
Phoebe Caulfield
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:27
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Current Goal: 10 mile run in two weeks, half in August
Current acheivement: 13k in 1hr 20
Love for Bam: Huge amounts
blindtom
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:42
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Go Pheebs you can do it.
Maid_Marian02
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:45
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I'm a beginner so doing 5ks at the moment
Goal - to do 8k comfortably as did that before
Maid_Marian02
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:46
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Currently looking at ten ks to sign up to but the charity ones I've seen so far need a minimum fundraising amount and don't think people will sponsor me just to do 10k!!
pancake humper
Posted - 20 April 2017 16:50
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If you're in London the Regents Park races are nice

http://www.regentsparkraces.org

Pretty flat, not too pricey and they're for a few hundred people that want to run, not big charity events.
Maid_Marian02
Posted - 20 April 2017 17:16
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ooh thanks, will have a look
litenbjorn
Posted - 20 April 2017 17:22
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Or any of the runthrough events MM, they're all pretty good and well organised (although the velopark is rather dull).

http://www.runthrough.co.uk/
InfiniteMonkeyTheorem
Posted - 21 April 2017 07:44
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I have a few triathlons this year, building up to a half ironman in July and the Barcelona Ironman in October. Aiming sub-2hrs in the run on the half, but just finishing the Barcelona event will be a result to be honest.
Mr Hargreaves
Posted - 21 April 2017 07:52
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I'm down to do Zurich IMT but not looking likely now due to injury, will it be your first ironman?
InfiniteMonkeyTheorem
Posted - 21 April 2017 07:56
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Haywards Heath on 30 April will be my first tri Mr H! Injury sucks. Want to exchange nonnys, keep in touch over training/strava hook up etc?
Mr Hargreaves
Posted - 21 April 2017 08:34
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nothing like throwing yourself in at the deep end! Which is your 'background' sport?

I'm a swimmer by background so struggle running cos I'm 'too floppy' (to quote my physio)

I haz no nonny or strava etc, sorry
A_Lawyer
Posted - 21 April 2017 09:04
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First half on Good Friday, Warrior Run this Sunday, Hackney Half next weekend, first triathlon in July, the Royal Parks Half in October and the London Landmarks Half in March.

I may have signed up for too much. Surviving is the target.
Keef_
Posted - 21 April 2017 09:18
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Looks like there's a few of us doing the Royal Parks half in October.

I do hope this doesn't get competitive.
angrynconfused
Posted - 21 April 2017 12:27
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"London Landmarks Half in March." Christ you were swift didn't it sell out in about 15 mins?
InfiniteMonkeyTheorem
Posted - 21 April 2017 18:48
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As a youth it was county XC then marathons Mr H. In the last 10yrs cycling. Did I mention that I learned how to swim in October last year?
InfiniteMonkeyTheorem
Posted - 21 April 2017 21:29
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Eh?
Roscoe P. Coltrane
Posted - 21 April 2017 21:56
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Goals: Rank in top 10 (men) in current 5k series; run sub-1.42 half marathon (PB) before August.

Achievements: currently ranking 12th (man) in current 5k series; ran 1.44 half marathon in April.

Love for Bam: indeterminate.