Can't wait for this one!
I certainly don't feel GFA anyway!
Barbie - I'm with you - I dont feel GFA at present - not walking down stairs anyway!!!
Not as bad as normal though, which is strange as i run this one quicker to qualify.
Problem i have is that i really wanted to do a sub 3hr marathon and that would be asking too much (if possible in the first place) doing 2 in one week - unless i did do the first one as a sub 3hr and then crawled round London! -
Yep cheers Barbie - I will do the same as you Brighton fast and London fun!
Hi everyone have loved reading your stories. I turned 30 this year and have been a good short distance runner for about 12 years. (18 min 5km and 37 min 10km) after years of saying I could do a marathon I finally did the Brighton on sunday. 4 hours and 5 mins with the last 4 miles being THE MOST painful and humbling experience of my life. I'm entered for next year as i'm convinced I can run a sub 330 ( my first 13 miles on sunday was 1hr 44mins). Anyway for the first time in years my legs ache as if i'd never ran before in my life but I also am filled with enormous pride. Thanks to all the volunteers, race organisers, supporters and fellow runners for a day i'll never forget. see you all next year. P.s I've entered the bournmouth marathon too so maybe I've caught the bug!
Daniel - thanks for the post. Really interesting. With your 10k time you should be looking at sub 3hr not sub 3:30.
I do 39 min 10k and 1:28 half and 3:13 marathon so you should be 2:55 marathon time (if trained for properly) - you have given me hope to get my 10k time down (although i dont do many 10k races).
Not sure 10k classes as a short distance in my book! Still long distance.
Running guy - cheers a 2 week Gap would be good between London and Brighton! -will check this out.
Yep - you are right Sun 6th April Brighton and Sun 20th April for London. Looks like it will be a busy April next year
I am 36, and this was only my second Marathon, my previous best was 3:49 (London 2010)
My 10k and 5k are similar times to yours.
I initially though, I'll go for 3:15, then thought I might as well shoot for a GFA at 3:10, then though sod it, I'll go for sub 3.
On Sunday I somehow ran 2:58:58.
I am still in shock...
Love that Neil - AMAZING achievment
I hope you are milking this one for months to come!
A bit of well calculated self belief can go a long way, I know that for sure.
Aim high !
Paul- I've really honed my 10km and 5kmn running over the last 18 months Last summer I was literally knocking off half a minute each week off my PB getting it down from 41 to 37 mins I have somewhat plateaued however will re focus with the british 10km coming up. I hope I haven't reached the peak of my powers at 10 km. My marathon training was a completely different experience. Back and knee problems effectively wrote off any training in February and I think I was then very tentative about overdoing it in march however I am determined to go quicker. Great achievement on your time I have a new found respect for any marathon FINISHER!
Neil- absolutely fantastic time I bet your full of pride and you should be, sub 3hours is an amazing achievement. I think now I've entered the bournmouth and Brighton next year i'll look at seriously getting my time down aiming to sustain my 10 km pace. perhaps I got too comfy running 5 and 10km. By the way has anyone ran the bournmouth?? I've been told the Brighton course was very beginner friendly?
Neil - That is flipping awesome! There is a massive gap between 3:15 and sub 3. Will you do London and brighton or only London?
Daniel - 41 to 37 mins is great. How did you "hone" your 10k skills? (hills or intervals etc). your times at the marathon will tumble
I think i can get 37-38 min 10k (only really ever done 1 10k race) and a 1:25 half . and will shoot for sub 3hr. You guys have given me hope and inspiration.
Neil well done you on the Sub 3hr great achievement
went to start a 2014 thread only to find i had been beaten to which saved me a job here's the link to it
Running Guy - You are quicker than me - so yes i think you should be aiming quicker than me for the marathon - 3:05 - 3:10
Paul- Got my times down with 2 major changes. Firstly I gave up alcohol! I know that might be met with a groan but I totally knocked booze on the head and started noticing major performance improvement. secondly I really started to believe in myself.
I didn't really change my training technique I've always used intervals and hills along with swimming and rowing as cross training once a week but I just intensified it. with my max intervals getting longer.
Also a really bad habit I picked up of my father. He was (and still is) a runner and when I was younger used to get me to run the first 2 km relatively slow which is what he did and then increase until I hit a race pace over the next km. Now I hit my race pace straight away and am an explosive finisher( I actually sprinted the last 200 metres of the marathon)!
Paul i'm sure going by your marathon time a sub 38 minute 10km is achievable maybe look at other factors ie diet and lifestyle, these are two things I've really looked at over the last 18 months maybe because I was approaching 30. The results have been better than I ever imagined, and I take great pleasure in regularly caning my running partner who is 25!
So addicted to posting on here I have to do it again!!
Had a good run this morning but only 3 miles legs fine though quads are a bit tender when foam rolling.
Neil fab time!! You must be delighted.
I'm not doing Brighton next year but i will do the local marathon over here in October and aim for my sub 4! Perhaps at home where it's quieter will suit me more - not used to running with so many people - only ever done the GSR for the past 2 years so not very experienced in how to keep focused.
I've loved this thread and got so much out of it, thanks to everyone who commented/contributed etc it's been wonderful!
well done to all of you PB's or not you're truly inspiring!
It has been great sharing the experience with you all. I may enter the Brighton Marathon again in the future, but in the meantime I'll be trying out new venues. Next year will be my first time at the VLM, so I still have much to look forward to.
Keep on running and improving
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