For what it's worth...I read the TNW's. Also, despite the fact that I am seeking coaching guidance from RB, I do not agree with the personal attacks and explosive comments that have become the "norm" on that site.
I may not post often but I look at all the sites regularly for track talk, race results, training advice etc. However, there doesn't seem to be much of real value out there (on that site) these days. Hence, my "Jerry Springer" comment. Anyway, just want to let you know that despite previous misunderstandings, I am in agreement with you.
Also, I am thinking about the Comox half as a marathon pace test prior to Boston (practice pacing, drinking etc.) that is something that RB ad I do agree with. He may be a bit rough around the edges, grandiouse, crass whatever you may call it but he really is a fantastic coach.
I'm hoping all goes well for you for Boston. If this is your first one it will be an experience. For me both times I did 'beantown' 1981 & /82 it was one of the big highlights of my 38 plus years of my running career despite I blew up both times, especially in the heat of 1982 (you might have heard how A. Salazar was on IV's after winning).
I have known R.B. actually since 1965 when a group of us teens used to train 2x sometimes 3x a week on this old high school cinder track. Always have learned to take him (same with B.R.) with a grain of pepper. Yeah he is a great coach even tho' I cannot personally attest to this as I never had him as my coach.
Yup I get thoroughly frustrated and pissed off to the max. more so with the PIH forum. I'm presently injured or running like I've got a slow puncture (chronic piriformis problem). Asked advice about a resulting knee prob. a couple of years ago & got a lot of flippant replies...guess with some running clubs (this one which I once again decided to renew membership) the herd instinct prevails...sure sensitive but...dealing with some more serious problems simultaneously with running injuries...
All The Best Tina
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