Our spring motivation campaign draws to a close, we bring you results from a speedy race in Lisbon. Which is the fastest half marathoning nation in the world? Is Haile getting fat? Who would want to be paced by mansuit zipping Yuki? You rate your run and have a rant. Training Talk is all about reaching a peak/ tapering and Tony talks to us about his current state of mind
- With 5,000m and 10,000m personal bests of 13:21 and 27:56 respectively, both set in 2007, Reid moved up to the marathon distance. In October 2011 he qualified for the Canadian Olympic team when he ran 2:10:55 at the Toronto Marathon.
However, I was surprised to hear him advocating the use of caffeine. Isn't this a drug? And therefore contrary to his zero-tolerance views. Where is the line?
Having said that, if Graham, Hibbert et al. 1998 (source Noakes) are correct, caffeine in coffee has no effect.
So maybe Tom's struggle to get the concentrated coffee down was unnecessary and he achieved his result inspite of the coffee ;-)
Tom you questioned if all those who had predicted their time correctly were honest. Check out my proof of running a new PB of 18:45 this month - http://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=117181
My guess of 18:45 wasn’t that difficult considering I ran between 18:55 and 18:47 on my 4 previous Parkrun attempts. :)
Speaking of not training for a marathon, I ran my first marathon in 1979 (age 16) with no training. I thought I could do it because my cousin ran them all the time (he ran 60-80 miles a week though, so there was some difference there). When I say no training, it was actually like this: 7 miles, 14 days before the race; 8 miles, 13 days before the race; 13 miles, 7 days before the race. That was it. Being 16 and not smart enough to know better I set a target of 3:30 for the race. I ended up doing it in 3:27. Not bad, but it would have cost me some points in Jantastic.
Tom, "ached the next day" is an understatement, but it didn't stop me from doing several more over the next few years. Now, after a 27 year break from marathons, I'm registered to run another one in June with my daughter. It will be her first. It looks like insanity can be inherited. :-)