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Martin H v Gobi - Sub 3:00

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19/04/2011 at 07:53
Martin - it remains for me to say I am very proud that I was involved in helping you achieve the sub 3. To watch you evolve and develop was a great journey.

Slow to be fast with speed when it matters - Nice

I am now signing off this thread but for those who lurk and want to find me I dispense "wisdom" in here the 2011 marathon thread.
Edited: 19/04/2011 at 07:53
kittenkat    pirate
19/04/2011 at 07:54

Congratulations Martin and Gobi

19/04/2011 at 08:43

Thanks everyone for the help and advice given on this thread over the last 4 months.

Special thanks Gobi for all of your help.  You got me there in the end.  I'll still be following your progress through the year from your blog.

It's been a great journey and one I have enjoyed so much and learn alot from.

Thanks all.

19/04/2011 at 09:52
Cheers RSalter,i suppose plenty of people have gone through the same experience and, though it hurts at the time, it can make you stronger for the future.

my plans going forward are to concentrate on short races up to half marathon for the next year and then do london in 2013 and get well under 3..i will not be beaten!!

Cheers all
19/04/2011 at 10:13

Very good attitude SA.  What don't kill you makes you stronger.  Enjoy the shorter races.  It's what I am going to be doing and then run London next year in fancy dress for charity and the enjoyment of playing to the crowds instead of clock watching.

Although you are going to be aiming for sub-3, you should join the sub-3.15 thread as they offer lots of excellent advice, very good people and a few have just been through the same experience as you have. 

Good luck

19/04/2011 at 13:48
RS - you could be in danger of becoming a 3.00.XX specialist mate !! There's obviously a load more well sub 3s waiting round the corner for you. Interesting that your reflection on the race time is very different indeed from last year with the magic sub3 already under your belt !
19/04/2011 at 14:37

Fraser - yeah I went for it early on as in more than just a sub 3 but given how I was feeling it backfired. That said I'm still glad I went for more rather than wondering. When it went tits up I was just running for pride rather than a time as I'm not the sort to completely throw in the towel. It is amusing that I ended up dead on the 3hour mark again but it really wasn't a case of aiming at 3 hours and falling just short as I had no idea where I was going to finish at that point it was just head down stuff and get on with it. Had I just wanted a sub 3 I would've run the 1st half much more conservatively. And most definitely with the sub 3 bagged in the autumn I could enjoy London much much more.

Edited: 19/04/2011 at 14:41
19/04/2011 at 23:07

Nice picture of you here Martin:

20/04/2011 at 08:28

Thanks Clearly.  Certainly not one of my best

23/04/2011 at 20:04

Only just got back from a week long holiday post vlm- just wanted to say a massive well done, Martin!

Not so good for me-  Heat wiped me out on the day- massive positive split and run/walk from 16m saw me finish in 3:13.  Really loved the day though and can't wait til next year Still, onwards to Chester in the meantime.


23/04/2011 at 20:46
I'll probably see you there Jason d, I signed up last week. It looks a good course and fairly flat.
23/04/2011 at 21:21
KR- indeed, flat and possibly fast
24/04/2011 at 18:08

Thanks Jason.  It was a tough day but luckily I managed to slow down before it really hit me.

I love VLM and will be back next year in fancy dress just running for "fun".

27/04/2011 at 13:25
Well done Martin. Fabulous report. I just hope I can run 2:58 in 2012!! 1:26 in Reading (daughter is 10 months so pleased with that) gets me in, so with a few more months of running under my belt I'll hopefully be there or thereabouts. Well done mate!!
27/04/2011 at 20:40
Thanks Mitchie.  I'm sure with a 1.26 under your belt (excellent time with a 10 month old) and a whole year of running ahead of you, you'll smash 3.00.  What is your marathon PB at present?
30/04/2011 at 11:23
2:59 Martin, but I was aiming for 2:50 that year and it was my first marathon. When twins were 2.5 in 2009 I ran 3:03 at London, but have gotten fitter much more quickly after baby girl so hoping I can make it back to decent shape in 12 months time.
30/04/2011 at 17:16

I am sure, Mitchie,  that with a 1.26 behind you and a 2.59 in your first marathon you have the knowledge and ability to go sub-3 again.  Having done it once you know what it takes and you have the time so I am sure you will smash your PB.

Out of interest I ran a new 5k PB this morning at our local Parkrun.  17.34 and 2nd place behind a very fast teenager.  Post marathon fitness and speed still there

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