Sub 5 hours

Slow, steady but determined.

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16/03/2014 at 07:32

So, my penultimate long run is upon me(/us?).

18 miles.

My training hasn't gone to plan at all - a poorly 12 week old baby means it's been difficult to get out an about, but looking forward to the big day, no matter what time I do it in. Would sincerely love to be sub 5 hours, but understand if that is not possible.

Has everyone got their race numbers through? I'm 19661 - quite a good one for a big football fan!

18/03/2014 at 14:37

I always glance by this forum, thinking I'll tempt fate if I enter!!  But I'm hoping to get a sub-5 hour (6th time lucky!!) at Brighton this year.  I managed to to 20 miles at race pace last weekend which I was really pleased with, and then this Sunday did the Surrey Spitfire 20 in under 4 hours and it was blimin' hot and quite hilly!!  So hoping that after 3 weeks of tapering, a flat course, and if the weather goes back to being a bit cooler than the recent heatwave.... I should hopefully manage it!!

19/03/2014 at 16:33

Think some of our old regulars on here are doing Brighton Aizxana

Think my marathon days are long gone 

20/03/2014 at 05:44

Hello all

Aizxana - sounds like you are on target! I was going to do Brighton this year but have decided against it now as I have London the week after and nursing some injuries, hope it goes well

TopSec - I don't think I will be doing another after London!

02/04/2014 at 13:44
Hi all. Nearly London marathon week. Woowoo.
02/04/2014 at 22:46

Hello everyone

I'm doing Brighton Aizxana

Not a hope of going sub5 at the moment as I'm still struggling getting back to full fitness. Its taking so long

This week, I have been so tired and short-tempered this week. I've never been like this in the run up to a marathon but I've been assured by others that this is typical of taper madness lol!


05/04/2014 at 20:19

8 miles done today. Felt OK and was 30 mins quicker than my marathon pace. I don't think I'm going to hit sub 5 hours so I just wat to make sure I enjoy the day.

05/04/2014 at 21:58

Making sure you enjoy the day rather than keeping your head down and focussing on a time sounds like a better option to me.

06/04/2014 at 17:06

Hello all you Sub 5hr hopefuls. I'm in the same boat as you. I train so hard and diligently follow Hal Higdons beginner program but have never in my last 3 VLM's 'REALLY'  broke the 5hr barrier. IN 2010 I came in at 4hrs 59min 16secs. 2011 - 5hrs 6mins, and 2013 I crossed the finish line in 5hrs 8mins. I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis in my feet and hands and suffer quite badly at the 16/18 mile point. This is when I have to break into the Run/Walk method. This year, I am going to use the Run/Walk method from the beginning. (I'll wear a little notice on the back of my running vest to warn those behind me to stay clear). I have been using this method for anything over 8 miles in my training and hope that I can achieve a constant 10min : 45sec mile. My feet still hurt on the longer runs but this method makes it easier. No doubt that we Sub 5hr runners will meet up along the way. I'll look forward to that. The very best of luck to all of you. Fred -the-Vet (Age 64).


06/04/2014 at 21:11

Wow, Fred, some great going there. 10:45 walk/run is a great pace. I am hoping for 11.15 (with 11.25 fall back) but we will see what happens.

Very best of luck, Fred. If you see me, do say hello.

06/04/2014 at 23:04

Yes, sounds good to me too. But, you have broken 5 hours. Any time under 5 breaks 5 My pb is 4:59:33 back in 2002. If I recall correctly, that was a run walk strategy. Hoping to do roughly 11 minutes miles if possible this time though I expect I will 'break down' at some point and walk. Keep a look out for a pink lady apple called Paul.

07/04/2014 at 06:09

Hello all

Fred - sounds like you are doing fine, nearly there now

Lee - I will look out for you!

I will be doing run/walk from the start too. I have injuries and also have a cough at the moment. Like you Fred I suffer on going problems a result of having Lupus, but I am happy to run/walk and just want to attempt to enjoy the day

07/04/2014 at 22:26

Good luck Paul and MWW!

Paul - does thay men you arre going to be dressed as an apple?!

08/04/2014 at 08:41
Back to try sub 5 again, Manchester was going fab until a third of the way in when my asthma came to say hello!

Dreadful experience there on in...and finished in 5:50:54

Hi Cake!!

Good luck all those wanting sub 5 which is anything starting with a 4!

08/04/2014 at 11:53

Hi everyone - truly sorry I've not been in here before even though I was the Sub5 entrant for Runners World.

To put it simply - I didn't do it. I didn't make Sub 5. I made 5:22:25 - gutted but as some of you may know I was out for three weeks with a suspected stress fracture.

Still - never mind.

So good luck to you all. I'm going to eventually close my forum thread and head over to here for a while.

09/04/2014 at 07:50

Lee - yup.

09/04/2014 at 08:28

Haha, fantastic Paul. I shall definitely keep my eyes PEELED!

09/04/2014 at 08:35

I finished Brighton marathon in 5:06:34 PB by 1 min 10 secs. Was on target for a sub 5 hrs until got crap at 24 miles I wanted to cried but dug deep. Was really pleased as it was my best paced marathon ever 

09/04/2014 at 19:31

I think you mean CRAMP Tracey  xx

10/04/2014 at 08:34

Bloody iPad lol


Lyndy - how's your hamstring?

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