Sub 5 hours

Slow, steady but determined.

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29/10/2004 at 09:23
Jane, i find your postings quite motivational especially the cr4p weather ones, so keep them coming. Debbo it doesn't matter that you are doing the same distance everyday I like to read that folk are getting out there quite often puts me to shame!
At the moment I am planning a 10mile race in december, depending on how the next 8 wks go will determine whether or not i enter the lochaber marathon. As this would be my first marathon the goal is to finish in one piece. My current mileage so far this week (just started back again this week) is 4 miles.. good ay :-). Hopefully by the end of this week i will have at least doubled that distance.
29/10/2004 at 09:45
my mileage this week so far is zero
29/10/2004 at 10:10
so far this week
b££er all!
29/10/2004 at 10:17
the struggle i had in dublin and cardiff just makes me realise how hard sub 5 is
29/10/2004 at 10:32
its BLOODY hard

it means 11 min miling with no walk breaks
29/10/2004 at 10:36
i have now managed 16 miles at that pace

getting there slowly
29/10/2004 at 10:40
Just dont underestimate it pix
its not like we are beginners
29/10/2004 at 10:49
well, i suppose i have been training consistently
but still
29/10/2004 at 10:51
I think what i mean is that before i started runing i had this idea that Id just trot out 10 min miles and improve dramatically like lots of people on here

now i know better
i know my body better
29/10/2004 at 10:53
It is that easy for some people

but to you and me 10 min miles is virtualy sprinting
29/10/2004 at 11:00
but pixie

thats just it

stop daydreaming about weight loss and longer legs

be realistic
thats what ive decided to do, and it is slowly working
yes you will be faster if you lose weight, but see that as a bonus

you need to trian with the body you have for now
Understand the limitations and work with them
bugger how everyone else is doing--measure your own improvements againnst yourself
29/10/2004 at 11:04
asuume you are going to run FLM at your current weight
and if you do lose it will be a bonus

lets face it pix in the 2 years ive been on this forum, ive done loads of races, and im ooo, about 5 pounds lighter
29/10/2004 at 11:08
Im off for a gym plod now

but dont pin all your hopes on losing weight and suddenly everything being different
Live in the present
work with what you have

here endeth the pachyderm lesson
29/10/2004 at 13:03
I too think you have to work with what you have and not compare yourself with others. A sub 5 hour marathon is not easy but it is something to work towards and plan for.

I could starve myself and lose weight but then I wouldn't be able to run efficiently that way, a stable weight is better than yo-yo weight.

I am planning to do 11 min miles for my next marathon and hope I don't fall apart half way round, wish I was better at pacing myself.

Off to the gym this afternoon once lunch has been digested. Its still raining here and looks like I will running in the rain tomorrow too.
29/10/2004 at 16:28
Cheque not cashed yet so unless I get one of the bequeathed places I haven't got in, never mind it will be Lochaber instead.
debbo    pirate
29/10/2004 at 17:56
Jane - me too, my cheque hasn't been cashed either.

I've done 16 miles this week and hope to do 12 on sunday.

Hippo - sub-5 IS possible and like Pix says, 11 minute miles is 4.48, so you have room for some walking - I managed it at Loch Ness and I didn't think sub-5 was possible.

I agree about the body thing - I'm sure I would be faster if I lost a stone, grew my legs and took 15 years off my age, but like Jane I'm not prepared to diet, and you can't do anything about the other things!
30/10/2004 at 13:32
37.5 miles for the week, having a rest day tomorrow. cool and misty this morning.

M...eldy    pirate
30/10/2004 at 13:50
I we are looking at 11 m/m - is it best to train above, below, on target or a mixture of all 3 paces??
M...eldy    pirate
30/10/2004 at 14:04
I think I average between 10 and 11 min miles so it will be interesting to see how much of an improvement I get if I add 1.5 min/mile to that, I hasten to add that is not over a very long distance at the moment and when I was up to 13 miles before the summer I think I averaged about 11...
M...eldy    pirate
30/10/2004 at 14:19
Cant do much at all at the moment - waiting to see Dr with my calf :-(
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