Follow the progress of AndyV live in the forums as he prepares to run a sub-4:00 marathon under the guidance of mentor Steve Smythe
Introducing the third member of our Lucozade Sport Super Six… Andy (aka AndyV).
Andy's only been running a year but is now gearing up for his first attempt at the big one, and hoping to go sub-4:00 to boot.
Andy will be using our sub-4:00 Garmin-ready schedule (devised by former London Marathon winner Mike Gratton) as a basis for his training and will be mentored by Steve Smythe directly on this thread (starting January 4).
He’ll be posting his training progress and be receiving fuel and hydration advice directly from the Lucozade Sport sports scientists live on this thread so make sure you check back regularly to find out how he gets on. You can read more about Andy's running background and goals by clicking on the article link at the top of the thread.
Good luck Andy!
Well if I don't do it in 2010 then I'm giving up marathon running.
Good luck Andy. No pressure
fat face wrote (see)
Oi, none of that or you get a Paddington Extra Hard Stare, you'll both storm over that finish line together. Good luck both of you
I have every confidence in Andy as long as he doesn't do a fatface and get injured weeks before while in great shape! Hopefully both Andy and fatface will sail inside 4 together in April.
Damn right VLM 2010 Bring it on
See you at the finish line Fatface (or more likely...get me a beer in for when i finally catch you up)
Isn't it easy being confident when you've just had your lardy work xmas lunch two weeks before the hard work really starts!
Beer and mince pies
Running wise I'm used to doing three runs a week of varying length up to 10k. Have done more (and longer distances in the past up to HM) but am not taking part in an event until March (Reading HM). I have tried to increase this to 4 this week (in prep for the schedule) but the snow and ice have prevented me doing the 4th this morning grrrrrr. Might try and fit in a cheeky 5k in the gym now before getting kids to bed.
I'll fill in more tonight (or over the weekend) peeps
Cheers for now
Agreed a lardy lunch (or two) are allowed until December 25 and then the pre schedule could start in the style of a former Today's Runner-type schedule of a 26 mile run at 8:45 miling on Boxing Day...or maybe that can wait until April...
Am thinking it would be an idea to find some more races before Reading to see your racing shape is progressing - they don't have to be big races or taken too seriously but I think it breaks the training up a little and reveals more than training does.
Good luck with it Andy,i ran London last year my 1st marathon got round in 3 .57 ,its not easy mate but you will find everyone on the forums will support you loads over the next few hard mths!
Just enjoy it mate you will be amazed hoe much it changes your perspective on stuff !!
Good luck Andy...I'll be training along side you for the Paris marathon and probably lurking on your thread a bit. I'm really envious of your being selected for this....your memories of your first VLM will be amazing.
As fat face said, no pressure.
Steve (Coach): Thanks for your input already. Means alot fella. I think your right about entering more events. I'll do abit of research and try and find some local small ones.
Additionally i'm already thinking about March time and thinking with Reading and Dorney on consecutive sundays (both HM's) I may need to tweak the official schedule to bring forward some longer runs. Anyway plenty of time to worry about that later i guess. For now..as I say... thanks for getting involved already .
Andy mate ... the day after the Twickers thing is the Goring 10k.... I know you will be miles ahead of me but wanna join me?
Go on! You know you want to!
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