Sub 5 hours

Slow, steady but determined.

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11/10/2004 at 13:47
Still waiting to hear if I have got through the ballot like everyone else.

I have done 3 marathons now: 5hrs 11, 5hrs 40 and 5hrs 28. So I don't feel as though I need to follow a beginners program.

Am recovering from latest marathon at Loch Ness in 5hrs 28min, have a hamstring tear in July which cut training time a bit and so I decided to aim for sub 5.30.

Am aiming to build up a base for the next 3 months and then do a bit of faster work. I also plan to do a few longer and shorter races.

Today went out with a beginner so did 30 mins, I call this an easy recovery day. Aiming to do 45-60 per day 5 days a week, and one longer run of 2 hours plus once a week when not racing. And build up from there.

Anyone else aiming for sub 5 hours?

Next race Amsterdam Half marathon on Sunday, aiming for around 2.15-2.20.
11/10/2004 at 13:48
That is 45-60 mins per day.
11/10/2004 at 13:49
but my training programme is a little different to yours
11/10/2004 at 13:50
Count me in Jane. I hope that with enough training (sadly lacking this year) I can do a lot better than in previous marathons.

Good luck for Sunday.
11/10/2004 at 13:52
Last 4 marathons

I think i could---------
11/10/2004 at 15:11

FLM 2000 - 6:30ish (pre chips)
LNM 2002 - 6:04
LNM 2003 - 5:50
LNM 2004 - 6:02

BUT, I've not really stuck to a training plan for any of them, so.....................
11/10/2004 at 16:11
Great. Hippo what program are you thinking of doing then? I thought you were BTing and I believe Nessie is too.

Nessie I am not good at sticking to training plans thats why I thought I would post here and ask for comments and suggestions.

I am feeling fairly fit and nearly recovered from Loch Ness I think easy recovery runs do help and I plan to do them after all my long runs in the build up to London or Spring Marathon.

After Amsterdam the aim is to build up to a regular 40 mile week and hold this for a month or so before building up to a 50 mile week through longer long runs.
11/10/2004 at 16:38
My "plan" is to get to BT of 40-60 minutes 4 days pw, then 90 mins Saturday & building to 2 hours on Sunday.

I did 70 mins yesterday with lots of walking to keep my HR < 140 and felt no ill effects at all, so I think this is feasible.

I'll do this to the end of the year, then I'm thinking about Hal Higdon's Intermediate 1 schedule (although that book you bought sounds tempting Pix)
11/10/2004 at 16:41
yes I am BT ing
and racing lots-whoops!
adding in one to two work sessions a week, one if its a race week
40-50 mile weeks sounds good, though I expect ill be doing the odd double day
11/10/2004 at 16:45
Pix - you have a male.

11/10/2004 at 16:50
Thanks EP, you have mail.

11/10/2004 at 16:58
I feel left out now;)
11/10/2004 at 17:00
youre right

no rest days
(but i dont half fancy one today)
11/10/2004 at 17:08
[ties Hippo's legs together]
11/10/2004 at 17:12
EP. Looks like a good plan and it does suggest the pace to run at which I like. Like Hippo I don't take too many rest days but I guess the plan is adaptable to take this into account.
12/10/2004 at 08:13
Well I am off to the gym this morning to do a bit of x-training and this evening I will be running with a few others, distance about 9k, pace will depend on who turns up.
12/10/2004 at 12:04
Lurking - to see how you get on Jane.
12/10/2004 at 13:26
Shades please offer comments and suggestions regarding the training. Did 45 mins CV work at the gym all at low intensity apart from the rowing machine (trying to strengthen upper body).
12/10/2004 at 15:08
mmm I'll try. Let me know the following:-

1 Your best half marathon time this year

2 How long you've been running

3 Your splits in a marathon, first half and second half.

4 When do find it hard in a marathon, what do you feel is your weakest part of the race and why (if you know, which I expect you do).
12/10/2004 at 15:51
Okay, My best half marathon time this year is 2.09.34 way back in February. Recent half marathon times 2.33 and 2.42 (not much training and coming back after injury).

I started running in 1999 and ran for about a year, took a break for 6 months and then started again so running continously for 3 years.

My splits for Loch Ness, halfway 2.39 and finished in 5.28.

For Lochaber halfway 2.25 and finished in 5.40. Wasn't use to running in the afternoon, and didn't feel right on the day.

For Abingdon 2003, 2.27 half way (I think) and finished in 5.11. My best marathon time.

I find it hard to concentrate on the correct pace throughout a marathon, it is a long way. I think if I start to fall behind too much I lose the drive to work hard at the pace and maybe give up? I find the hardest part of the marathon around 15/16 miles and once I pass 22/23 miles I tend to pick up again. It is the middle parts of most of my races that I do find the hardest. Haven't done emough marathons to know why?

I actually find training for the marathon the hardest part, if you don't get this right the marathon itself isn't going to go correctly.
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