London 2006

3:30 Anyone ?

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29/04/2005 at 23:42
Anyone else aiming for this ?

2005 thread was very inspirational - hope we can get one going for 2006

30/04/2005 at 00:05

Can I join in; theoretically I rekon this is my fastest concievable time, and there is a whole year to train.
30/04/2005 at 09:03
Hi Welsh Alex

The more the merrier. 3:30 is a big ask of me to as my last marathon (2004) was 3:56 but I have previously run 3:42 so it would be great to get down to 3:30 in my tenth London.

I am focusing more on 2006 over this whole year. I have had a gym programme designed by a personal trainer and am doing this twice a week for upper body and core stability. I also want (need) to lose weight. Currently 11.12 but want to be around 10.8 at Marathon time. Of course I have to get a place via the ballot first !
Iron Snorks    pirate
30/04/2005 at 09:24
yes please sir can i play?
30/04/2005 at 10:47
Welcome Edward !

Thats 3 of us then ! Looks like most of the guys on last years 3:30 thread achieved it so hoping for the same kind of advice / encouragement and tip sharing this year for us 3:30 'virgins'

Did you run this year Ed ?
30/04/2005 at 12:32
Yep, count me in, however this means that i will have to knock an hour off this years time.
I only managed to beat 2004's time by 4 minutes.
Ah what the hell, i've got 49 weeks to get my arse in gear.
30/04/2005 at 12:40
Im in, got to lose a few pound through the summer, but im well up for it.
30/04/2005 at 13:55
Yep, me too. I had to defer due to illness with 24hrs to go this year, so i should have a place. I plan to do a marathon in July to please my FLM sponsors, so it'll be a good indicator. Never marathoned before.
30/04/2005 at 14:46
Greetings all,

After this years disappointment, but with the support of the 2005 sub 3:30 anything is possible - Im in if I get in.....
30/04/2005 at 14:51

Afternoon all,

I need to nock just over half an hour off my FLM time this year. Managed 4:05 comfortably and would have been faster but for crowds slowing some miles down.

Anyone got any 48 week schedules ?
30/04/2005 at 15:32
I am aiming at doing the St Albans half in June to gauge current fitness. Last half was at Fleet 1:46:53. The RW schedules advise that for a 3:30 marathon you should eventually be able to run a 1:37 half - blimey my PB is only 1:35, So I need to knock 10 mins off my Fleet time !! My last half of the year is targeted for Bedford in December so I would love to be around 1:38/39 for that (I know I am capable as I run Brighton in 1:41)
30/04/2005 at 15:38


My best half in the last year was Forest of Dean at 1:46. However I felt like cr**, had a really bad right knee and started off slowly. I think that given the right conditions and a flat race I could easily do better.

Have done 1:16 for a 10 miler recently which would only be a 1:41 half so I still have work to do. Can do a 21 minute 5k and a 45 10k.

All recent times.

What should we be working on, speed over 10k & half marathons I imagine ?
30/04/2005 at 15:52
Reckon you can WA. Have a pop over to the Mcmillan calculator you might be pleasantly surprised. Of course you need to do the appropriate training. ie. long runs.

WA Jack daniels does 24 week schedules so you can do that twice i suppose ;O)
30/04/2005 at 16:14

Jack Daniels ? But I don't drink !

(although I have heard elsewhere on these forums that Gin gives a magical boost when imbibed at about 17 miles)
30/04/2005 at 16:16

Please remind me where to find the McMillan calcularor - just had a peek on their site and it is not obvious.
30/04/2005 at 16:22

Over the summer months I awill be trying to work on speed over shoter distances up to 10k but still doing a lnger run at weekends and trying to do the odd half. After my hols ir mid August I will be putting in the miles and more miles hopuing for big mileage for September - December to give myself a good base for when the serious schedules start in January time. Anyonr got any particular schedule they like ? I tried Hal Higdon but his schedules seem very low in mileage during the week, and I think I struggled over the last 6 in 2004 because of it
30/04/2005 at 17:26

aha - its
Duck Girl    pirate
30/04/2005 at 17:32
Hope so! but I'll be sitting finals so we'll see.
Deferred GFA so guaranteed place.
30/04/2005 at 17:41

Hi DG - Looks like 3:30 could be a popular target.

I am considering a light bit of training tonight, it will be the first since the FLM. Doing the Great Welsh Run on Monday, 5 miles.

Might brouse last years 3:30 thread to see what did it for them.
30/04/2005 at 19:14
Count me in.

Three FLMs in 4:03 2002, 3:48 (2004) and 3:36 (this year).

I think the difference is all in the speed training. Once I started using a proper pace monitor (Nike SDM) I found that I was running too slow and too short in my training.

I've also found that the pen you start in makes a massive difference. Pen 2 or 3 is recommended.

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