Follow Wardi as he trains for a sub-3:00 marathon
Well done guys. I bumped into Blisters and Phil along the way and then met Wardi and a very happy Blisters at the end. Like Wardi I just missed out my sub-3, with a 3:04 (but still a 7 min PB). Being laid up with a cold in the run up probably did for my chances. But considering I was in bed and not going to run 24 hours before the race I am actually pretty chuffed with my time, although I am now just about the slowest of the members of the sub-3 forum!
Planning my next one already. As I have a GFA place already I think I'll do Abingdon. I ran Nottingham last year. The1st half of the course is excellent. A few hills (4, at miles 2, 4, 6 and 8-9), but great support and a good run, with a lovely slightly downhill 4 miles back to the finish. But then 13,000 of the 14,000 runners head for the finish line and the 2nd half is lonely and long. It is dead flat, but not all on smooth road. About 3 miles is on a gravel path, and if it gets windy (which it did last year) then the 2-3 miles round the rowing lack at Holme Pierrepoint is hellish.
Congratulations on the forthcoming marriage Wardi. It was nice to briefly meet your lady over a plate of Heinz, and I hope that my energetic tribe didn't destroy your romatic meal out, or worse still put you off kids altogether.
And now, to continue to collect my own charity pledged dosh.
you were inside the standard so should technically have got in (you are in in the main body of results) which go to 3:04:59 but the Vets results were manually typed by the Vets reporter and he obviously decided 50 was enough in each age group. the M50 standard is actually 3:10.
I think we should do more next week.
Is this any use to you?
I have just found out that good for age entry must be in by 29th August this year. Robin Hood and Wolverhampton are now too late! I don't think I will be able to run a marathon between now and then. I think I'm going to enter Edinburgh next year as good for age as they take a sub 1:25 half as good for age and I have a 1:23.
5 miles today @7:45. All feels good.
Shall be signing off for a wee while, as I'm off to Iraq for a few months. Will try to keep the running up whilst away, however, I think the heat will conspire against me.
Hope to run a bunch of 10Ks (get my first official sub 40) and halfs (push for a sub 80) towards the end of the year. Will take advantage of my GFA place in next years FLM (target tbc!).
Wardi- Well done on a fantastic PB. Best wishes for the wedding and a fantastic honeymoon! I'm sure you will keep your stamina up!
Steve- Thanks for all your wise words and giving me confidence, a sub 3 mara is possible on low milegae training!
Gavin- Good luck on going sub 3! I'm sure you'll smash it next time!
Blisters- Great to meet you at the London. Thanks for your steady pacing through the first half, no doubt you stopped me from blowing up in the second half! Look forward to seeing you at a local event.
Not sure which forum you guys will be on when I get back... so I'll do a little detective work!
Happy racing folks,
I followed this thread at the end of last year and then got injured so lost a bit of interest,
Congrats on the 3:03 to Wardi and a PB, especially as a V50.
I am keen to understand how much having coaching and advice helped you. From what I could gather you were very self-motivated and had a pretty decent training plan before the coaching came along.What were the important parts of the coaching for you
Chers for that. I have not opened my mag yet so I was not aware of the FLM hopefuls. I would really like to do another FM but everytime I get anywhere near fit and firing on all cylinders injury strikes. It is all rather de-motivating. Good luck in April and I hope you go sub 3.
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