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I voted for someone who has a target time similar to mine for next year, purely so that if they win I can follow their thread while I'm training for my Spring marathon. I didn't vote for anyone last year but, again, I followed the thread with the same target time as me, plus the odd nosey in at the time group either side of my target. It was interesting to see that some of the runners on the 'slower' thread were posting similar times to me in training and even in racing! And a bit scary seeing what runs the 'faster' thread were churning out.
I think it's a good idea to have an even spread of target times for everyone can follow the runner close to their own ability. You can then get involved in the banter, share the ups and downs of training with folks who understand your own pace, and get plenty of support and encouragement as you all build up for race day. The runners on the thread I'm most at are a lovely bunch who I now class as genuine friends.
As Holly Liz says, someone aiming for a 3 hour marathon probably doesn't have any idea of what it's like to train for a 5 hour marathon. Both runners would have to be equally as dedicated - the 3 hour runner would probably be running twice a day, while the 5 hour runner is probably spending the majority of their Sunday out on a long run. To me that deserves just as much respect.
Good evening folks,
Just thought I would say hello and give a wee bit of an introduction.
I have been shortlisted in the PB Hunter Cateogory and would love the opportunity (wouldn't everyone here) to get to the start line in Paris as part of the Runners World / Asics team.
I am 43 years old and started road running but drifted into trail running which combined with general mountaineering drifted into almost exclusively mountain / fell running (makes a bit of sense since I live up in Scotland).
A few years ago, I ran / wobbled the Marathon des Sables and have done some Ultras (Devil of the Highlands, Highland Fling and the 100km North Face Ultra in the Blue Mountains above Sydney) ...but still tended to stay away from the roads !
Late last year I grew increasingly curious about what my 26.2 time would be and pretty much to my suprise got round London Marthon this year in 3:09:51 (I did spew just after the finish however). Making the improvement to under 3 hours is huge and my previous training had no formal structure - hence my application to the Runners World / Asics programme.
The amount of road miles scares the hell out of me and in addition to the advice of the coaches, I am hoping to gain support and advice from those folks whose home is the road. Reckon most of the forum contributors have far more experience than me in that arena !
Your vote to help me through to the team would be greatly appreciated. I can only offer my thanks, regular updates on the forum and blog but hopefully some good karma and a guided tour of some cracking wee trail and hill routes for anyone who is up in the Glasgow area
I can't manage much wine afraid Plum - real light weight. But make a fool of myself on a daily basis - all part of my job!
I´m the one mentioned earlier in the thread who is "on holiday"! I´ve sneaked onto the hotel coin-slot-internet-terminal. 9 Euros for 3 seconds or something, proving my commitment!
Plus lots of good hill work here in Tenerife!
Back on Sunday, when I will be launching my 48 campaign. By which time you´ll have voted for someone else! Am I doomed? Up against it, but that´s how I like it! I´ll really put it in if I´m selected, would be the biggest thing by far in my relative short running career so far.
So I hereby commit to progress in the PB Hunter category, to represent everyone following, to post regularly, informatively, humorously * and intelligently about my progress. And I will train wearing a t-shirt sporting the names of everyone who votes for me (excluding myself, as I voted for Jade by mistake).
Interesting debate about the selection process and who gest picked. I hope that there will be a good cross section in the final 5 that get picked in ability & target times. I know there are no specific taget time categories, but we all know that's how we would base who we follow on the threads. For this competition to work for the forums, there needs to be a balance of target times rather than how or what the reason for doing the marathon. I think that 5 x runners aiming for a sub 3 hour would miss the mark. Agree with carot that I would only follow someone with the same target time as myself rather than we had similiar busy lives.
Judging by the folks I spoke to at Birmingham, I reckon RW have done exactly that ...selected a wide cross section.
As far as posting progress on the forums (including the good, the bad and the hellish) ...I would suggest that is not only part of the deal but also part of the fun.
In answer to any earlier question about drinking and making a fool of myself ...I am Scottish - it is in ma genes
Cheer for noo ...
Graham Kelly wrote (see)
Think you may be preaching to the converted with that comment.
carrot wrote (see)
From the point of view of relevance to myself, I'd be far more interested in how Choisty got from 6+ to the faster times than I am in seeing how he improves now.
But a progression like that is plainly not achieved in one 16 week training plan, as the 10 years between those two times shows.
Your not wrong I don't think it's possible to halve your marathon time in 16weeks, but I do think training/running advice comes from a varied range of sources and I try and adapt all the time to new information in order to improve
My "criteria" are a bit random...
I'm not at all motivated by folks proposed times etc I'm sort of more interested in them as people, although Choisty's story of halving his mara time over the years sounds fun and he's had my vote. Plus he had a friendly smile in the picture and says he gets lost a lot... something I can associate to... *coughs*
But I've voted for others just on the basis of their friendly banter on the threads they started, or the fact that they have a dog...
In terms of feeling you have something "in common" with someone, running times per se mean nothing to me personally to make that link.
Oi...I really was that slow, I may of over-hydrated as I stoppped for several wees. I got overtaken by Rhinos, the sweeper wagon...well the lot really to finish in 28,657th the thing that stands out for me though is that even after all that time there were still people cheering me on.
I also had the goal of sub-7 as that is when they take down the finish linea dn you don't get a medal on the day, although I did miss out on the sandwhiches in the goody bag the tube wasn't crowded!
SNHM - If I may be presumptuous, Reg would like to thank you very much for the vote. Unless of course there are other ASICs 26.2 contenders shamelessly using their pets in their campaign?!
Seriously though, I am uber committed to this competition. I would relish the opportunity and although, I haven't been a major poster on these threads in the past, I have been a keen voyeur! My progress through this process has definitely given my running confidence a boost and it is great to feel as though I would be able to support others through my personal goals.
In person, this has very much been the story of my association with my running group where I essentially marathon trained with them over the summer (they were training for Berlin) in order to keep them company. At the end of this process, I decided I didn't want to waste the training, entered myself for Chester and was rewarded by knocking 12 mins off my PB. Essentially, I want to bring this ethic to the forums and offer the same support in a virtual way through my own aims and objectives.
Vote for me because I know how much it means to support others and because I have a super cute dog.
Ladey Jadey x
p.s. been totally distracted by the forums now and so need to get my trainers on and go for a run!
Never mind cute pets ...
I tried to get the guys in work into the whole voting thing ...needless to say, the girls collected all the votes
Regardless of whatever motive or target that got folks to enter or indeed post on the forum, the one thing we all share is a passion for the simple art of running. Considering the range of abilities and backgrounds, I reckon that is pretty special in itself !
Well said Graham!
And with the runners going for the other categories, I'm going for people I'd feel inspried by, people who genuinely enjoy the forums and people who sound really dedicated.
Does anyone know whether the vote is final or whether there's any selection by RW after that?