Advice and discussion
I am am doing VLM 2013 - it'll be my first marathon.
If I am currently running a 10k in 52 mins what should my target time be for VLM?
Coach at running club reckons I can aim for 4 hours. This seems a bit fanciful as there are guys at the club who run faster 10ks than me who've recently runn marathons in well over 4 hours.
I'd love to run 3h59m .
I had some injuries earlier this year but am back now. I have a good level of fitness and do plenty of cross-training in addition to running. I am 42 years old.
Any advice and shared experiences welcome. Cheers.
52 min 10k puts you at exactly the fitness you need to run 4 hours.
The major caveat is that you have to do the appropriate training for the event, and 10ks are a little short to be an ideal marahon predictor.
If you put the work in, especially building good base mileage from now until Christmas then there's no reason you couldn't run a bit under 4 by the time April comes.
I'm in the same situation. 10km in 52 mins, first half marathon in two weeks and hoping for under two hours. The concept of doing VLM next year in under 4 seems a bit fanciful as much more experienced runners still seem to have this as their target. But you can only try!
Thanks for the input guys. I am doing Helsby Half in January and then Liverpool Half in March. Hoping this will give me an initial guide time then a measure of my improvement.
Helsby last year was my first Half and managed 1h58m on a VERY windy day. For those who don't know it the course is pretty lumpy too! (So Vicky you can definitely do sub2h in a couple of weeks).
My long runs are 7-12 miles and I run with a club twixce a week.
That is spooky Shedboy. Hoping I can looking forward to smashing my 10k PB some time soon. What do you think did the trick for you with taking 4 minutes off?
I'll let you know how my training and warm up races go.
Anybody get a charity place? I did - www.justgiving.com/Graeme-Hind1
Hmm another question I could written myself. I too have just run a 10k in 52mins and am hoping to dip under the elusive 4hrs at VLM. I know I should be able as I can run a 1;50 half but i have had 2mara attempts and managed a 4.45 after overtraining and a 4.04 which was heart breakingly close.
I think you have got the right idea shedboy with adding some cross training- something I never do.
ps my name is not graeme......it is Mary.
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