Sub 3h15



  • Gerard Mooney wrote (see)

    4 Horrible miles for me in ghastly weather. Force 6-7 wind and I thought I could do with some more punsihment after the weekend of excessive demon grape consumption.

    AR - Apologies for the tardy response re your NY mara, I totally forgot you were doing it. Hope the taper is going well and that you are feeling good about the race. I am looking forward to watching it. Is it the 1st time you will have done it? My fizz informed me that her uncle won it in 1966 when it was called the Cherry Tree marathon. He was an Irish immigrant who spent his spare time running around the city to get to know the place and ran it as his first mara and won in 2:26. Apparently it was a different course then and ran through some rough areas and the local kids would throw rocks at the runners! How rude!!


    GM - surely that is enough penance now!

    Yes, it will be my 1st event overseas, so am really looking forward to it. The Taper is brewing nicely - I already have some phantom aches and pains so things are on track. I seem to have shaken off the fatigue from Robin Hood Marathon now, although you never can tell. I'm reading up on the course at the moment to try and be more considered about pacing - it seems a bit bumpy with all the bridges.

    I am currently planning my carb loading tour of NY in detail.

    Jools  - I'm guessing that is it now bar a few easy miles and strides. Safely through the last few days you go.

  • Abbers - that sounds like a tough session, so well done.
    Ant - decent pace for tired legs.
    BOTF - nice 10 miler. I hope the aches and pains have gone - probably caused by all that landscape gardening.
    SB - a couple of decent sessions there - nothing like a good bashing by the fizz to knock you into shape!
    Jools - when are you off to Frankfurt?
    GM - bit of a glutton for punishment, I see. Early morning running is easy. By the time I wake up, I'm halfway through the session so no chance of doing something else instead (like sleeping).
    PMJ - "if my maths is right" - that's equivalent to "if the Pope is Catholic", I think!
    Blisters - ???? Ah, I think I get it now. Sorry, must the only one not watching the Great British Bake Off (was too busy cooking!)
    SJ - here, here.
    AR - what date is NY?
    4 recovery miles d&d.

  • Bike ItBike It ✭✭✭
    Congratulation Moof on getting sub3. I very happy you could do it after you got sick just before VLM.

    Brave running Keir. Certainly you tried hard to PB and it wasn't on this time.

    That's actually a good run Blisters consisting you did an IM a few months ago.

    On holiday in Sussex at the moment. I just did 15x 1 min run 1min walk at Pagham Lagoon. Now I'm having a cider.
  • GM - I did 37:39 in 2011 and then 38:27 last year. I think both times are beatable again for me.


    A friend of mine can't use 4 60-quid Commonwealth Games track and field tickets for the 30th July next year. Anyone want them?

  • Bike It - enjoy the rest of your holiday. Good to hear you're still progressing with the run/walk.
    Has anyone done the Kent Roadrunner marathon? Running into problems with the Milton Keynes one already, so looking for other options.

  • What sessions Ant? I already have tickets for the 29th so if it's morning or pm I might be interested. Not evening though as I will have nowhere to stay on Wed eve. And I'd only want 1 or maybe 2 of them. 

    I actually have 2 tickets for Sunday 27th pm and 2 for Tues 29th evening. There is only one of me. I'm in the market for a +1. Anyone care to join me?

  • JoolskaJoolska ✭✭✭

    Yes - will be in Glasgow anyway seeing sister image

  • Speedy - Looking at this it would be appear to be the evening sesh, but I'll confirm that and let you know.

  • moofmoof ✭✭✭
    MsE wrote (see)

    Moof - yay!  Top effort and well deserved.  I felt it was only a matter of time from reading of your training and racing efforts on here.  Where do you go from here now?

    Thanks MsE, A couple of days ago I had no urge to run anymore marathons, ever. They are just so gruelling.

    I'd like to try and get my Half to under 80 minutes and will most probably target Reading HM next march as I do think this is a fairly fast course for me. My 10k needs a bit of work too as my PB is from 2010 at 38.06.

    I have a place for London next year but it falls on my wifes birthday so doubt if I will bother running it. So no spring mara for me, although I did take a sneaky peak at the Manchester marathon site today. Apparently it's flat and fast! image

  • moofmoof ✭✭✭

    Well that didn't work quite right.

    Jools- nice MP test run from you. You said nothing faster than 6.45 as not to be too greedy. Don't be to cautious either. Really hope you have a great run on Sunday. Are you feeling confident?

  • Jools, is that yes to me or to Ant? Which sessions did you get tickets for?

  • moofmoof ✭✭✭


    My glory moment!

    Although I should have dipped and taken an extra second off.


  • Last tough session today for me.  I have an easy 13 planned for the weekend, and a 3x1600m on Friday if the legs feel like it.

    Back on the treadmill this evening to do 11m including [email protected] and [email protected] .

    More significant is that Mrs AR has the controlling vote on what I will wear in NY (trip precondition no. 19). It isn't going to be a union jack vest I had pointed out. She is very taken by a Wallace & Gromit vest bearing "Keep Up Lad". Should have negotiated harder on the Trip Preconditions.

  • MinniMinni ✭✭✭

    Great photo Moof - definitely worth investing in that one! 

  • Bike ItBike It ✭✭✭
    I'd take Wallace and Gromit AR - my wife told me she wants another baby if I go to Comrades again

    Great photo Moof
  • Moof - some good targets for next year. Cracking photo of a proud moment!
    AR - should be easy to spot in that top!
    Bike It - I am getting off lightly then with a shopping trip to Bluewaterimage
    10 steady miles d&d.

  • OO54OO54 ✭✭✭

    Cracking photo moof, joy and relief no doubt.

    Talking of club trophies I'm up for fastest marathon this year with my 3:05 VLM- there aren't many years when that time would win, but a win is a win.

    10 miles last night in the Geneva drizzle, there is some nice hill work round here - hip quite sore at the moment which isn't a good sign.

  • On the subject of tops, I was thinking of a custom vest with printing on the back that essentially says "You've been beaten by a vet: give up running and start drinking more beer!" which isn't too catchy and is quite long and then my OCD cuts in and I need to add .. unless of course your WAVA score exceeds mine and then well done.

    Any more snappy suggestions?

  • That is a fantastic photo, Moof - all that relief and pride!

    AR - I don't see what's wrong with wearing the Union Jack vest when racing abroad. I wouldn't wear in the U.K., though. Have you really got a Wallace & Gronit one?

    7 miles @ 7:15mm. 21ºC and really humid.

  • AbbersAbbers ✭✭✭

    AR - Wallace & Gromit would win my vote too!

    Moof, super photo. Get it on your wall!

    BI - that's a serious trade off. Are you thinking of another anyway (baby that is, not entry for Comrades...)

    Not much to report here; come down with some kind of shivery, achy, cough thing, so will be lying low for a couple of days in an effort to shake it. Hoping to get back to it at the weekend.

  • JoolskaJoolska ✭✭✭

    A Wallace & Gromit vest?  Sounds cracking (or, in local parlance - seeing as Brizzle is the home of W&G - gert lush!).

  • GerardMGerardM ✭✭✭

    Ant - That's some speedy 10k's under your belt. Good that you are still ambitious about beating them too. Nice 7 miler in those sort of conditions.

    AR - NYC mara will be a cracker of a race for you and would love to see a photo of you crossing the line in your W&G top. Is it a singlet?

    OO - Well done! A 3:05 mara is not to be sniffed at.

    5k lunch run for me for the 1st time in a while. Along seafront opp office and it was so warm and really windy but snuck under 23 mins for 7:15mm avg pace which felt like an effort in that wind. Not feeling very fit at the mo.

    Abbers - Hope it's nothing and you back to it soonest.

    Gul - Racking up the miles nicely I see. Yes I am glutton for punishment, "why do anything in moderation when you can do it in excess"!

    BOTF - You know I mentioned a spring mara in Jsy, well those guys I aslo mentioned RunJersey are organising it and what they are planning to do is to televise the London marathon, have some brekkie and then race at 1pm!! Bit different and will be interesting to see how many runners they get.

    Jools - Gert lush? Sounds like a German/Bristolian pornstar!

  • Just for you GM:


     Cracking prize OO

  • GerardMGerardM ✭✭✭

    AR - That's marvellous!image Have you ever raced in it before and does it say "Keep up lad" on the back?

  • Cool vest!

    PMJ, get that printed up - superb!

  • Things that make me giggle: my Garmin is in my office in London and I am 26 miles away at home and still can upload my lunchtime run to Garmin Connect.

  • Nice read back on a re;aaxing week of posts - 

    AR - nice top - Bike It - maybe you should offer that your missus picks your shirt as a counter offer?

    Off to the sun for a week - hope your race goes well Jools and AR 


  • BirchBirch ✭✭✭

    Early good wishes to Jools & Wardi for their Deutschland exploits.

    May your goals be attained on Sunday  . . . . .

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