A great prize & challenge
Simon - I agree 100% and although I was disappointed to not get in the whole week has been an inspiration so have started some serious training with speedwork. Up this morning for the local parkrun to check out my 5K time.
Sills - you can get an idea of your 5K time by going to your local parkrun on a Saturday morning. Great for inexperienced runners as all levels participate from speedy club runners to beginners. Very sociable wekly event.
becky.......i never do specific speed work or intervals as I do not think my body would cope...they are more likely to cause injuries for me than my normal running..
last year when i smashed all my PB.s i did go to the park runs 2 or 3 times a month.....racing these 5k's was my speed work........and I think it definitely helped me get faster
Becky - Glad you found a bit of inspiration from this thread, that's the great thing about them. Even thou probably most of us end up having to train on our own due to various reasons, there's always someone to talk to on here. Enjoy your parkrun, and the pain will be over in about 25-30mins, so go for it.
Carl D - well done! I'll certainly follow your updates with interest. I'm concentrating on improving my 10k time until next March for a race on my birthday, Then I intend to look for another marathon providing I'm injury free.
Simon - the pain was over in 28:26 but 41 secs less than 3 weeks ago so progress although a long way still to sub 25 but not impossible.
Well done Becky
I'm doing the Manchester marathon. I'm sure we can hit our goals here!!!
When I checked the parkrun results table I finished in 28:10 which means I was 57 secs faster than three weeks ago. Not a pb since I ran the same parkrun a year ago in 25:21. My best parkrun 5k was in 2008 at 24:20 so chasing sub 25 again. Will be looking marathon races end of next year now whilst I concentrate on 5k and 10k times. Signed up for Bushy Park 10k next March and would love to be sub 55 for that one (sub 50 might be a bit of a fantasy at this stage!) In the meantime I'm doing a few crazy trail races, Mudman on 8 December for starters. Has anyone done this race before? Must check on the trail running thread!
May not be a marathon but the Ashby 20 is a really good race! its great timing for marathon training its on March 17th, atmosphere is great, lots of support, hands out sponges, gels, sweets and chocolate! in the goodybag at the end you get a cheese and something cob, and a packet of crisps which totally hit the spot! and you get a hoody!! everyone loves a hoody!!
Talking of great races, I discovered the Ultimate Running Races ipad app today...superb Sunday afternoon reading full of 500 races to do before you die! Would highly recommend, looks like it also comes in a print version....
iOS app link
Agree with you Green & White, Ashby 20 is a good race and one to prqactice marathon pace. I did this this year and ran the first 10 slowish & relaxed, then uppe dth pace to marathon pace fo rhe last 10, so it was a good training run.
Rachel, I've entered Manchester too and it looks a good flat course.
Becky - a 57 second improvement on 3 weeks ago in encourageing at this time of year (not many races/goals etc). I would agrre that the speed work on the shorter distance/reps is a key factor for the marathon training.
Only one a week for 10 years with Xmas and birthdays off Jen!!!
Knight Rider I did Ashby this year as well!! waiting for the site to open to register for next year!!
I am too am thinking of doing Manchester as well!
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