Sub 5 hours

Slow, steady but determined.

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08/11/2004 at 09:15
hippo, you must walk very quickly to get 5.25 with walking in the last 8 miles, it is brillant. I doubt I could run 18 miles without walking at the moment, had to walk myself yesterday as I found the hills too tough, must get some serious training in before my next race as I don't want to walk in that one :(((

Was Stevenage a good marathon to do? what was the course and support like?
08/11/2004 at 09:52
fab marathon
But only run every 10 years
no support
cycle tracks and underpasses
08/11/2004 at 09:53
Well done Hippo on RUNNING 18 miles.
08/11/2004 at 09:57
just to clarify-the last 8 miles were run/walk, not just walk
cant quite believe it myself
at the bginning of the year id only ever run 12 miles
08/11/2004 at 10:07
and you finished ahead of Superman too!
08/11/2004 at 10:24
Well done Hippo!

Not feeling too great today - my grandma died in the early hours. She was 82 and had a good life but I still feel v.sad.

08/11/2004 at 11:27
08/11/2004 at 11:32
not being negative Pix
Just realistic, and respectful of the task ahead
08/11/2004 at 11:43
Big hugs TT. Agreed about the run to celebrate her life.

Well done Benz!!!!
Well done Jane !!!!

Well I'm going to try and go for a run this afternoon. Just 3 miles and probably on the tready so I keep the cold and damp out of my poor lungs. I'm just going to keep the old legs turning over this week til I am fully recovered.
08/11/2004 at 12:00

Agree with Hippo a sub 5 hour marathon is a big task and a good bit of hard training but achievable.
08/11/2004 at 15:19
Did my three miles today and could feel the effect of my cold. I'm going to stick to little and often this wek and start back on my schedule next week.

I hate treadys :-(
08/11/2004 at 15:49
JJ, look after yourself, I hate treadies too, so only use them when the pavements are too icy to run on.
08/11/2004 at 16:05
Hi again
Thanks for the hugs, really needed today.
My little boy gave me a big hug this morning and said - its okay mummy she's with greatgrandad in heaven now - made me blub even more.

I've been talking to my husband about aiming for 5hours in the marathon - he reckons it will take me around 6 1/2. I suppose you never can tell what will happen in such a long race and for my first I just want to get round but do you experienced peeps think with a half time of about 2hrs 30 I should hope for 5 hours in the marathon - or is that too ambitious? I am slowly going to upp my training though.

08/11/2004 at 16:15
TT, who knows how well anyone will do on marathon day itself. When did you run your half marathon? A better indication would be to run another half marathon about 6 weeks before you next marathon. You may find as you increase you training mileage each week and do longer runs of over 13.1 miles your half marathon time will come down naturally. But if this is your first marathon the main aim is to get round in one piece and enjoy the whole experience, but aim all your training towards the sub 5 hours goal.
09/11/2004 at 14:13
How are you feeling today TT.

X-training this morning at the gym and a run this evening with a few others.
09/11/2004 at 14:43
Hello everyone... can I have some advice too on running sub 5hr? I did Flm 2004 in 5.38 but had had IT band problems and was wearing a knee brace. I'm getting into the solid training early now but what do you think I should be concentrating on? I do 2 x 3 miles, 1 x cross training and 1 x 8 miler in a week...
09/11/2004 at 15:47
minniemoo, I don't know how much time you have but I would suggest slowly building up your weekly mileage. Maybe add another day of running or cross training so you are exercising 5 days a week. Add no more than 10 percent to your weekly mileage and have an easier week once a month to get plenty of rest. Maybe think about entering one or two races, maybe a 10k and a half marathon and aim to build your training up to them before really increasing you long runs for the marathon itself. Good luck and lets know how you are doing.
09/11/2004 at 15:58
Thanks Jane - I'm just getting back into early morning pre-work runs and had forgotten how horrific they can be! Definitely planning a couple of halves in the next few months - I am so wary of injury now though = last time it put me out for 5 weeks but I learned my lesson. Do you think I am being unrealistic hoping for a sub 5? I say sub 4,59.45 would make me happy!!
09/11/2004 at 16:01
Minniemoo, what is your best half marathon and 10k times? and as you are planning a couple of halfs you can get a better indication from your finishing times. Main thing is to enjoy your races and just do the best you can. I would say if you are comfortable with 11 min miling then a sub 5 hour is possible.
09/11/2004 at 16:12
10 miler was 1'44 - I was quite pleased with that and felt I could have done a little better. My half was 2.32 but that was just weeks after recovering from an injury (I should not make excuses -I was v pleased as it was my first!). I think I shall keep plodding along - this time I hope I have more of an idea of what my training should consist of etc. And I joined a running club which so far has made a big difference in my motivation and stamina!
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