For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
Fraser - I reckon if you've given it your all in the marathon there's nothing left afterwards. That's my story anyway.
PMJ - hope that the rest period does the trick for you.
I'm another that hopes to run a sub3 aged 50, only a few years to go.
I've just had a look at VLM 2012 results to see how many men/women age 50+ ran sub 3. There were 69 men (55 of those age 50-54) but in the women there was only 1 and only 15 between the ages of 40 - 49!
Minni - if you're going to compare men to women then you should be more like 2:45 vs 3:00. But I guess there's more men than women anyway so the comparison might not work.
Yes, we need someone to work out the % of men running that time etc. Interesting though. I checked it out because it seems quite normal for men to be talking about running these fast marathon times as they mature but how many woman of a similar age on here talk along the same lines? Not many.
DS2 - I don't think you were supposed to tell us. It was admittedly a little different when I did it for the GNR, but it was Top Secret until RW made the announcement. Don't worry, though, we won't tell!
Minni - but to be fair there's not many women on RW chasing sub3, and only very recently have there been more than the odd one or two chasing sub 3:15, which is the equivalent of a male sub3. Its difficult for most women to find the time to train for marathons so there will always be more men chasing the equivalent marathon times.
EFC-Col - indeed, no rocket science required. Do something every day, day after day.
Top marks, Col !!
DS2 - good luck with the asics boot camp.
I would like to wish you luck with your sub 3 hrs at 50 but of course we both know there isn't any luck in marathon running. It is all about effort, commitment focus and aching legs.
In 2008 I failed to do sub 3 by some seconds (absolutely gutted although it was a pb by some six minutes) soon after that I got my one and only serious injury that put me out for the best part of seven months. Managed to walk/run London in 2009 just to see if my achilles would hold up. Got around in 03:23:xx - my worst ever but no surprise and the achilles was okay. June that year I decided I was going to train for 10 months with the sole aim of doing sub 3 hrs in 2010.
And that is what I did.
Obviously, it was my first and I have to say as feelings go it doesn't get much better than that moment I came around the bend at Buck Pal with the official clock showing 02:57:xx. Its true what they say - the harder you work for something the more it means when you achieve it.
Agreed. I guess that I must have been within a few yards of you on The Mall in 2008.
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