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Amy you could easily have dropped or thrown away the medal. I DNF'd a race after 92km went to the end to pick up my drop bag and they puts medal in my hand, I polite gave it back and explained I didn't complete the race, I managed to say no, how come you couldn't ?
I thought you weren't going to post again?
JUST GO AWAY....., AMY'S HERE TO STAY!
Onwards and upwards Pocket Rocket, there's far far more of us on here who are with you X
Btw, Steve Marathon Coach, wanted to say a massive thanks to you- we chatted on the thread when you coached RRr to her BQ a couple years ago- at the time my marathon pb was 4:33 and i asked u if it would be possible for me to go for A bq- you told me absolutely possible but look at 2015/2016 to achieve it... I'm going for it in London next year having got 3:39 in Manchester this year Thanks for giving me the belief
Angela, a massive improvement there, I'm sure you;ll manage the qualifying time in the Spring, what's your target
Wooow Amy, your training plan looks great and you better enjoy that rest on Monday because hills on Tuesday look tough !!! I have been reading your plan in detail and some of the paces look a bit challenging for me but I will give it all from day 1. I am a bit relieved my training will not start until after Christmas so I have some more time to recover from my injury.
I am sure you will do great in Paris and that you are going to enjoy the whole journey here. I had the support of some fantastic people in my thread and in your case it will be the same. Enjoy the weekend and get ready!
Hi Steve!!! Hope you are doing fine and glad to read that you are recovered.
I am fine and ready to follow Amy's plan for a sub 4 in April. After my time in Paris I am very motivated for a sub 4!!! I will most likely be running Madrid, which takes place on the same day as London so I will start my marathon training in two weeks.
I have a question for you. I have been injured for the past 3 months with a fracture on the navicular bone of my right foot and I haven't been able to run. Luckily, I didn't have to use crutches so I have tried to keep fit walking as much as possible but obviously it will be tough at the beginning.
Amy's plan looks fantastic although the faster paces look a bit challenging for me but I will try and see. I followed James' plan for a few weeks after Paris and the speed gap was a bit tough for me.
For the first weeks of training and my first runs after three months, would you recommend me to follow Amy's plan or should I take it easier?
Thanks Stewart..,. At the moment I have 3:23 in mind a bq would be 3:35 but the quicker you are the more chance u have of getting into boston...
A BQ is all the motivation you'll need over the coming months and a great reward for all your hard work, Good luck
Amy, good luck with your journey to Paris I'm sure you will enjoy the experience
Hi Amy (and Steve), I'll be following your thread with interest as i'm running my first marathon next June, hopefully sub 4. Will be nice to see how the sessions go well in advance of tackling them myself. The weather may play a part in my attempt but I try to run on my birthday each year and it's my 40th in 2015 so thought i'd make it special with my first marathon.
I'm running the Grizzly for the second year running in March so will have a decent base level of fitness (I hope). This will leave me 14 weeks until my marathon.
Question for Steve.....With a decent winter behind me do you think I could jump in at week 3 of the schedule? I'm basically following a beginners marathon schedule for the Grizzly which will be more of a 'fun run' for my wife and I as it's such a unique event rather than a race. I appreciate there are lots of factors to consider and no schedule is ever set in stone but any advice would be welcome.
Apologies for hijacking the thread for my own gain but there doesn't seem to be another current sub 4 thread going at the moment?
I can see your sincere Steve and making the best etc. I just think it's really disappointing that Doing something that most runners in the cold light of day would say is utterly wrong is being brushed under the carpet for convenience. It's just sad to see the commercial world matters more.
Good luck Amy I think you shouldn't be in the competition you know what you did was wrong, but you are there hope You do well like I do every other runner.
Tom I will definitely do that
Angela great to hear that. Steve is very knowledgeable and experienced, makes me incredibly excited for what is ahead. I wish you all the luck in London. Will you be looking at our Superman's plan to help you along your way? His journey will be great to follow, very entertaining.
Karen Murdoch 3 this is a good questions. I think it is absolutely a huge part of the battle. Its what decides whether you stop or keep pushing through despite everything around you and how you are feeling. I think your end goal is the biggest drive and the focus on that can help pull you through. I like the feeling you get at the end of doing something tough too, that sense of pride and the physical feeling too as your happy hormones are released. Never allowing yourself to stop shows great strength, and I love that you have an image to focus on.
Isabel Abos yes indeed the hills look tough! I love to and typically always include a hill in my runs but to do reps of them as Steve has recommended will be a new challenge for me. I will let you know how it goes...watch this space! I am sorry to hear you have a fracture injury, sounds painful, how did you come by that? Madrid sounds like a fantastic goal though, I went there on a school trip years ago, will be pretty cool to run round, much like Paris I guess
Thanks for the luck StewartC, what are current running goals so I can wish you luck in return?
Hello there Just Run welcome, pleased you have hijacked, hope it ill be of use. What a great birthday pressie to yourself. What exactly is the Grizzly? Sounds fun! I have booked for a Tough Mudder at the end of May, is it a similar thing? And competing with your wife, it must be great to have similar interests with someone you care about and spend most your time with.
Thank you for the luck Booktrunk. And sorry to have disappointed. Good luck in all your forthcoming challenges.
Hi Amy, I'm doing Manchester Marathon in the spring, 3:40 is the current target given my recent HM time, my current marathon PB is 3:50
Steve makes a good point - I didn't see any of you lot moaning about him putting peoples lives in danger when he ran 18 miles in Paris last year without a number!
I have loved following these spring marathon forums for the past three years and it's really got me back into my running, which surely is what these forums are for - ENCOURAGING each other.
Although the situation is far from ideal, it's happened. If you don't like DON' T follow this thread.
Can we now please JUST talk about the running.
The Grizzly always looks a great event - and will give you a tremendous amount of endurance and you could probably join in even later than 3 weeks into the marathon schedule...if you survive.
i always think the fitter you start a schedule the better as you aren't forcing yourself to make big fitness gains just gradually improving the fitness which is less of a strain on the body and the long runs feel relatively easier.
the fact you aren't training and racing flat out for Grizzly is an advantage as it won't take as much out of you.
Have a question for Steve. I know I should run more but on 3 runs a week, 1 being a long run and 2 being a parkrun, what should I be doing for the 3rd run to get the most benefits?
Amy I am running Brighton on April 12 so I hope we both smash 4 hour to bits!
Sorry one last point re running a race unofficially. I do think it is wrong and more so to run in someone else's number which many do but in terms of the asics competition, I don't think what Amy did was as bad as some are implying. Runners had to choose a category and were asked their previous time. Ideally Amy probably should have put unofficial time in brackets but it was a time.
if the competition does happen next year then perhaps it will be asked for official race pbs but this year it said pick a category and list your times as a guide.
However had Amy entered the first timers category then it later came out she had run Edinburgh unofficially then I'm sure some would have said she was in the wrong category and not eligible for that section.
Amy - I'm running the London Marathon in April and hope to get round inside 3:30hrs.
I have also never run a Parkrun! I really should register and run a local one in the coming months.
I watched the film "Gone Girl" yesterday. Have you seen it? Crickey anyone would think that you are "Amazing Amy" from that film, the amount of stick you are getting in here. Lol
Ashley - 4 would be better!
if just one extra run - an endurance based speed session would probably be best - see some of Amy's Thursday sessions which contain some mileage but also work on pacing or accelerating - those sessions should increase both stamina and speed endurance
On the plus side Amy - your thread has now had nearly just as many views and replies as SupermanRuns sub 3:30 thread and his was always going to be the most popular