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Hi everyone, a very big thank you for everyone from the organisers, coaches, photographers and all the runners I met.
Made it back to a misty Cornwall before midnight and have just come back from a steady mile in the light!! with my new training partner Ranger! (our 10 month old black lab)
I found the whole day encouraging and inspiring, it has re-energised my running and I am committed to get a qualifying time via good for age for the London 2014, I am just keeping everything crossed to get through to the next stage and a step closer to doing it in style at the Paris Marathon!!!
Of course now having met a lot of the competitors, everyone deserves the opportunity that the Asics Target 26.2 brings?
RunnyRunRun Great idea, a Bootcampers 2012 thread would be great to keep in touch
DS2 hope your journey was okay good luck in getting to your 3.15 target time
Again a big thank you for a great day
RunnyRunRun wrote (see)
Oi Malcs! Be nice about the socks! Or you'll get a pair for Christmas!!
A fantastic day and a great experience. I am sure all that attended agree !
Really enjoyed meeting a great bunch of people. Was good to chat about everyone's goals and achievements and life in general.
Was great to meet the highly respected Coaches and Asics team. I have taken away some useful tips and information from the day which i know will come in handy.
I will certainly get some track time during my training as this was the first time in using one. Can see why a track is highly recommended.
Hope all arrived home safely. .
Good luck to everyone in getting through to the next stage !
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The drive home gave me the opportunity to reflect on how awful I was on the one question interview. I was worse than a 5 year old, couldn't even string a sentence together
Sarah, I was exactly the same. I could see Katie slowly losing the will to live as I stuttered out a stream of mindless drivel.
Tigger - good to know you got on the train, it was a bit of a scrummage. If it hadn't been for two guys in front of me making a last ditch surge I wouldn't have made it on. Now the big question, di you manage to get that beer?
Tony - is Ranger the one that you took for that monster out and back? Must be the only dog in the country that runs and hides when you shout walkies!
DS2 - where are you hiding?
Hey Daniel - great talking with you yesterday. Sorry to hear about your journey back. Still slighly sick after hearing how fast you ran Snowdon!
Well, I was feeling pretty fragile after Snowdon also! I forgot to ask the target team experts about the run on empty approach!
- you might still get you chance!
Malcs .....Yes..... I..... did!!!!!!!! It wasnt the cold one I had hoped for! more a warm bottle in a VERY hot School hall!! still hit the spot!!!
As for another thread we discussed yesterday a 'bootcamp rejects' for those that don't get in! But at the minute we are all still in with a chance!!!
Well I can only wish! But nevertheless it was still a very enjoyable experience. I had never considered running the opposite direction on a track untill the warm ups for yesterdays track sessions either...
Good afternoon all, finally found my way home to sunny Cornwall and on to the forum! I can only second what has been said above by many of you, great day, friendly people, quality advice and a good all round laugh! Was great to meet so many like minded people and must admit I was a bit in awe of some of the quality on display with some making it look effortless. Whatever happens I will be following the winners this year and pinching any advice the coaches give on here. My 5k may not have been all I had wanted and I too fell into the 'One question mindless mumble' trap but I gave it a good try and will have to wait and see.......Good luck to you all for next week when the short list is revealed, going on what I saw in my group the RW team are going to have a mighty task to cut it down to a final 15 or so!!
An absolutely brilliant day yesterday despite the long drive home! Great to meet up with all those who had already been on the forums. Got everything out of the day I was expecting and a bit more. Great sessions on the track and a lot of fun.
Felt odd to be running at a faster pace having only been doing base mileage but enjoyed it nonetheless. Puts down a marker if nothing else.
Will enjoy following those that get through whatever the outcome and hope that as many as possible stay in touch on here!
Just to reiterate what everyone has said, it was a fabulous day and over far too quickly. The organisers packed so much into it. A massive thank you to them. And everyone I spoke to had such interesting stories to tell about themselves. What a diverse bunch we are/were.
As has been said previously, regardless of the outcome and who goes through, I do think that a bootcamp in the future that is open to everyobody is a great idea, not just those who are "rejected". It would take some organisation though. Perhaps over a weekend.
Looking forward to the next challenge. Speaking of which, does anyone know if the January UK versus USA competition is happening again?
Kind regards to all,
Tigger - glad you enjoyed those granola bars! Trust they helped your performance?
Well, by tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest we should know who made it through to the vote stage. Good uck everyone!
I really enjoyed the day and think I'm ready to get back to the track regularly now. After a month of solid base building it sure was a shock to try to run under 7mm. Shouldn't take too long to get running faster though. I think I'm pretty strong at MP running - more so than in many years - so a weekly track session should make a lot of difference. My first proper race target is to run inside 70 minutes for 10 miles at the Canterbury 10 on 27 January which I'm sure will be achievable.
What races/targets have others got lined up in the shortish term?
Hi Clive - I thought you surprised yourself a little on Friday. Well done. Always nice to feel in good shape. I do too, at the moment, despite having no speed.
They look like some good targets, I take it you are from the north-west looking at where you are thinking of competing?
I've rarely ever run shorter races, so have trouble finding the right pace for them when I do attempt something shorter. I think I will start doing the parkruns every couple of weeks or so. I have joined but none are on my doorstep and Saturdays are a bit manic in my house with three daughters needing to get to their activities.
I've only ever run one 10k road race in my life but find I'm able to run at a similar pace for a lot longer. I must have good slow twitch fibre construction but less fast twitch. That, or I don't try hard enough at the shorter runs. I guess I will find out if I continue training as I am this winter.
How did everyone find the marathon pace session with Sam? I found it particularly hard to rein myself in! In group 1 we ran 2 miles, and the first I ran right bang on my target time, the second mile however, I was 15 seconds quicker; not that I really felt it. Obviously if I do this too much in a marathon that could lead to a pretty unhappy ending.