The great thing about the voting is as contender on the shortlist we get to vote too.
I know who I'm voting for in the other categories…
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
Sexiest fat bird in Lycra.
Sorry Matchstick man has no interest in my (and Gemma's) catergory - hopefully some folks will be!
This will (hopefully) be my third marathon - really want to break 4:30- but like Gemma its difficult getting the chance to train really well. Very busy job, two beastie boys to look after and there is the old running vs football match argument in our house too.
Its a bit parky out there tonight - long sleeves and a gillet (what a whimp!).
I think that the individual goals is a great idea and it was fascinating having the opportunity to meet so many great people all at different levels on Friday. I am delighted to be shortlisted and really want to offer the same level of support (albeit virtually) that my running group offer me to other Spring Marathon runners. I followed the Asics Super 6 carefully last year and it gave me real motivation and great advice for London.
This will be my third marathon too and would love the chance to break 4 hours - 4:00:13 is such a cruel time to be left with! ;)
I feel I represent your average Runner's World runner. I have a busy work and home life, desperately try to fit in as much running as I can whilst maintaining a home / work / running balance!! Sometimes I achieve this more successfully than others!
Happy to pass on any 'average' wisdom I have obtained so far if anyone is interested!!
Thanks for your interest in the competition (oooh, and if you haven't voted in the PB Hunter category yet, vote for me !!)
Mind you most people stream over the line between 4 and 5 hours so statistically there will be more people in this category. I hope that my ploddyness doesn't stop me being able to run Paris!
You're making it complicated now. How much by volume or by alcohol level:
A pint of beer vs a pint of wine vs a pint of whisky?
seren nos wrote (see)
My only worry with this way of voting is that we could have 4 of the 5 aiming for between a 4 and 4:30 marathon and that would exclude lots of other groups
There was me thinking that the majority on the shortlist had a PB, or were aiming for, less than 4 hours and that the selected 5 could all be aiming for <3:30.
Problem is, it's all very well grouping them by goals or whatever, but at the end of the day the training programme for a 'busy lifestyle' runner aiming for 4:30 is going to be hugely different to someone else with the same lifestyle aiming for 3 hours. Once the winners are selected and are posting on their threads, anyone interested in following them will tend to group by finish time anyway.
It's not rocket science, that's why all the long-running threads in the marathon section are based on finish time.
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