Sub 3:00 FLM 2005

Anyone else aiming for this?

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07/07/2004 at 10:46
I am aiming to break the 3 hour mark for the first time at next years FLM anyone else?
07/07/2004 at 11:04
Longlegs, I'm not planning to do London next year, but I'm going for sub-3 in Abingdon in October (my first marathon). If there are any takers for this thread I'd be keen to join in.
08/07/2004 at 10:55
Definitely! Did 3.07 this year with 15 miles being my longest training run, so i'd love to give it a go!
I'm finding it hard to motivate myself at the moment though!
08/07/2004 at 14:54
Not a bad idea to have a new thread for this as last years sub-3 one is far too long to follow.

Have already started working the long runs up to the 2 hour mark - according to Lydiard and his many followers, this is a really key time in order to get certain muscle fibre improvements. All at a nice easy pace and not necessary to go any longer until nearer the time. How about all of you?
08/07/2004 at 15:03
I have the Thanet Marathon on September 5th so I am in training for that at the moment, aiming for 3:15 there.

Long runs for this at the moment are up to 2.5 hour mark.

Struggling at the moment, just come back from a two week holiday in greece where it was far to hot to train very well, so am very unfit at the moment.

Still 8 weeks to go so should be ok
08/07/2004 at 15:12
Definitely! Well, actually I'm hoping to do way under three hours, but given how I've been blighted by injury for the last 9 months, it's by no means certain that I've got any chance of that.

At the moment I'm working on building the long runs up to ... 5 miles. Round of applause please!
08/07/2004 at 15:45
08/07/2004 at 16:17
Long runs are between 2 and 2.5 hours at the moment, working on getting in as many 100m weeks as I can, ideally with two marathon-pace sessions each week.

I'll see what shape I'm in by the end of September before deciding on a real target time - I'd like to get well inside 3 hours at Abingdon, but I'll settle for 2:59:59 and a gfa place for London 2006.
08/07/2004 at 22:41
Hi Everyone
New runner from South Africa and missing my training buddies. Really need some advice on how to achieve a 3h10 qualifier for Comrades (89km)in June.Ran a 3h19 on the Shakespeare this year but for seeding need a quicker time.Will be living in Chester from next month and would like to race December or early Jan. Which are the quick races and any pace makers out there to help me through? what is the female GFA on the London Marathon?
09/07/2004 at 10:09
You can find the GFA info at

Not sure what quick races there are at that time of year but at least you'll have the advantage of cool weather.
09/07/2004 at 10:26
Leslie - Luton in December is supposed to be fast. By the way, if you still need to run a GFA time for London 2005, the cut-off point is in early October - Cardiff on October 3rd (I think) is the last chance for a fast time.

Only one way to improve your time: run lots of miles at a steady aerobic pace, and don't do speedwork at above your target marathon pace.
09/07/2004 at 22:00
Definately aiming for sub 3.00 hour aiming for a gfa at New Forest of this time
16/07/2004 at 16:16
Definitely going for a sub 3-hr time in 2005, I got 3:13 this year (first time) and could've gone quicker...didn't want to kill myself though and thought I'd enjoy it, which I did :o)!
19/07/2004 at 08:44
Definately aiming for sub 3hr, did 3.13 at Paris (GFA time) this year, doing NYC in November and will be trying to get sub 3.10. Currently suffering stress fracture of 2nd metatarsal but should be back running again in about 2 weeks, meantime 150 miles a week cycling....
21/07/2004 at 04:18
Yep i reckon i'll have another crack at it - I ran 3:03 at FLM this year. Rather disappointed as i'd ran a 1:21:30 half in the build up.
22/07/2004 at 11:15
I'm going to give it a go, assuming i get in. Ran 3:11 last year, so a little way to go.

whats is everyone concentrating on at the moment?

Its half marathons and 10 milers for me in the autumn. My long runs are currently 2-2.5 hours, with no real pace just keeping them ticking over.

22/07/2004 at 18:24
I'm targeting Abingdon in October. Just getting lots of easy aerobic miles in at the moment (100+ per week) with a couple of work sessions each week (2 or 3 x 5k @ marathon heart rate).

I have a 10-miler on sunday and a 1/2M in September. I'm also doing the GNR as a marathon-pace training run. No other races planned at the moment.
22/07/2004 at 23:39
Good luck mango.

You can do it . You've got the ability . Just got to get it right on the day , after all you ran quicker preparation races for FLM 2004 than me.

I've sent off my GFA begging letter today for under 40 male with 2.57.35. from FLM 2004.

Should be OK. 5th FLM in a row hopefully !

Hope for 2.55 or faster.
23/07/2004 at 03:54
Thanks SB.
Hows your running going?

I'm looking at doing an autumn mara. -possibly Reims. This will only give me a 12 week build up so i reckon i'll take it easy and FLM will be the target. Race the Train is the next big one for me.
23/07/2004 at 08:30
Hope to get the ok to start running again next week (7 weeks off has been murder).

Booked up for a Trailplus weekend in September, Great South in October and New York Marathon in November.

Need to find a good 1/2 in late September, anyone got any suggestions?
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