I am wondering what target I should aim for in 2014. Last year I ran 4hrs and 26 seconds it was hard just missing the 4hr barrier. But since then my PB's have been improving. I am currently 1.28 for the half and 38min for 10k. I was planning on aiming for 3hrs 15mins for 2014 but I don't want to me unrealistic. Equally I don't want to pick an easy option. I don't mind hard work. London 2014 will be my second marathon.
Is it worth booking myself in for another and see what shape I am in at present?
Many thanks for all your help.
Those half and 10k times should make 3:15 quite comfortably.
I did my first marathon in 3:12 off of slower times - 1:33 half.
Obviously it goes without saying that you will need to put in the training. Runner's World publish free marathon schedules for various times and I used those for my first marathon.
I'd say you have proven your times if they were relatively recent, so I would work with those for rough targets / training paces
It would be good to book in a half marathon in Feb / Mar so you can see what sort of form you are coming into, and that will help fine tune the marathon pace
Thanks for the feedback so far. Just seen the good for age is 3.05......... My PBS were all set within last 4 weeks. 10k was the town and gown in Cambridge and 1/2 was the Folkestone half.
i will keep going with the hard training and start upping the mileage each week. Not sure if it was a good idea or not but I have just entered the stort30 on a whim for next Sat October 27th......
i thought it would be a good idea to see when're im starting from at this moment and then it leaves me 24weeks to train for London.
Last year my prep was not good. I was a total novice who made every mistake in the book.. Wrong training, not enough long runs, very poor taper etc.
Get more long runs in this time and 3:15 sounds a very realistic time .
Richard - my opinion is that you are capable of GFA with the right training.
By coincidence ( and after doing a bit of photo stalking having seen you did the Folkestone Half ), i was running with you back from Hythe at the Folkestone Half. I went by you at around the Golf Course and you re-joined me at the last water station - i was pissing about with my number which came undone so had to walk a few steps ( just after that some chap threw you a bottle of drink ? ) You were running very strong at that point and you must have got up that hill a bit better than i did
Get the endurance right and you'll have no problems
Hi Richard, I qualified for VLM with a half marathon of 1:29 this time last year, started the P&D 18-week 55-70 miles per week training plan with a goal of 3:15, revised that to 3:10 along the way, and ended up with 3:06. So there's no need to decide right now what your final goal is and depending on how training's going it seems plausible enough to go for a GFA time nearer the time.
I remember you stopping to play with your number and used that as my chance to get past you. I over took a few more on the hill and had a 3.20k for the last k. So I know I have the speed.
what away your final time?
I am running the stort30 next weekend so will see what shape I'm in a present. But think will st struggle wondering past the 25k mark
I did 1:30:25
3:20 last k is some going as it's pretty much from the top of the hill and a gradual climb. Must have had a bit in the tank to do that ....
I did the Stort30 Ultra yesterday..........
very difficult conditions underfoot and pulled my quad big time.
I went past 37k in 3hrs 1min but then quad went.
Marathon in 3hrs 44min and finished 30miles in 4hrs 23min.
I was on for a sub 3.30 before injury. This was done with no marathon training. Iingest run was the 1/2 marathon races.
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