A year to become a true runner...

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14/04/2014 at 12:24

Next years Brighton marathon is in 363 days. I need to beat 3.5hrs to gain what will hopefully be my last of "The 3 Pillars of Running"...

2 years ago I had a casual chat with my good friend Al. We both run a bit but needed a competitive goal to stretch us, to push us beyond our comfort zone! We came up with an aim, it was to become known as "The 3 Pillars of Running"....

Pillar No.1: Sub 40mins 10k

Pillar No.2: Sub 1.5hrs Half Marathon

Pillar No.3: Sub 3.5hrs Marathon

2 years later, we have yet to achieve a single pillar between us. Injury, sickness, time, money...these have all been reasons/excuses for not achieving. This is a disgrace. We are 34 going on 84. Time is of the essence! We must succeed! We must be glorious!

My quest to achieve Pillar No.2 will be in the Great North Half Marathon in September, but my focus over the summer will be the 10k....the 1st of the Pillars. So this is it, I have a year to complete my goal, a year to become a true runner...


Edited: 14/04/2014 at 12:27
14/04/2014 at 12:28

Very nice. But why are you posting here, do you want advice, support or what?

14/04/2014 at 12:44

It depends on the individual but I think 40m 10k may be more exacting than 90min HM, which in turn is a slightly bigger ask than 3:30 marathon.

More to the point though - I don't think you need to be running a particular distance in a particular time to be able to  call yourself a runner.

Edited: 14/04/2014 at 13:31
cougie    pirate
14/04/2014 at 16:36
So what have you achieved ? And why has money been a block ? Running is pretty cheap.

If you run - you're a runner. Your definition is just plain wrong.
14/04/2014 at 16:47

I'm confused about the money thing too.

You say you are running 20 miles a week so you're doing something, it's just that whatever it is isn't getting you the times you're looking for. 

Hence my original question. Are you asking for advice on how to improve?

Edited: 14/04/2014 at 16:49
14/04/2014 at 17:21

pretty good going to get a sub 40min 10k and 1:30 half from just 20 miles a week by the way. Suspect you will need to up your mileage for marathon but you seem to have the basic foundation there. 

'We must be Glorious' sounds a bit '300.'

14/04/2014 at 20:19

Still no explanation I see.

14/04/2014 at 21:23
I'm confused.
14/04/2014 at 21:48

complete and utter pretentious bollocks.

dickhead would sum your three pillars up just as well. 


14/04/2014 at 21:50

Of course someone running a 3:31 marathon isn't a true runner, you are so up your arse! ..... Trust I'm not being to subtle with my opinion? 

14/04/2014 at 21:53

Oh I'm an hour plus outside your marathon target, so yeah I'm not a runner, and when I crossed the line on my first 50 mile ultra again I wasn't a true runner.

all the other runners that work for years and don't reach any of your three random goals,  yeah all of us fucking useless lazy tossers that cannot run. 

i trust there is no confusion on your part, as to what I think of your three fucking pillars of running. Fuckwit.

14/04/2014 at 22:14

That's Numberwang!

15/04/2014 at 07:33

Say it as it is eh booktrunk haha

15/04/2014 at 07:43

this has to be a wind-up.

That you samir?

15/04/2014 at 07:46

booktrunk -- Get off the fence and just tell us what you really think about "The 3 Pillars of Running" 

15/04/2014 at 08:16
booktrunk wrote (see)

complete and utter pretentious bollocks.


Well I admit that was my initial reaction but I thought perhaps it was a clumsy way of getting into a proper discussion or asking for advice.

Seems not though.   

I suppose if you can't be bothered either to ask, or to come back and look at the replies to your post then it probably explains why, two years down the line, you are no nearer your goals.

15/04/2014 at 11:07

Wow, hit some nerves here...

Screamapillar - sorry I didn't get back sooner. I have no real agenda to be honest, I was just chucking it out there to see what happens, so yeah it's kind of a clumsy way of getting into a proper discussion, maybe hostility drives it a bit..

Nayan - yeah I agree, relative difficulty changes per individual, so 3.30 marathon may be just as hard as a 90m half marathon for some people, but not for others. In my case it's the former. Also 20 miles/wk is only my current form by the way, not my plan. And to run a particular distance in a particular time is just a means of measuring competency, to distinguish individual standards. I suppose true runner is my term to define the next level, albeit the benchmark for this is subjective & will always be open for discussion. The "glorious" thing is a bit like 300, ha yes sorry I get carried away. It's just a platform to be theatrical about something I like I guess. Just getting in the mood, a bit like Rocky & eye of the tiger.

Cougie - fair point, money isn't a factor, I guess I listed it as an excuse because it has indirectly affected my motivation to train. But point taken, I was wrong to list it.

Booktrunk - yeah it is "pretentious bollocks" really, you're right, I don't like how I've come across at all, wasn't my intention to be appear such a "dickhead", sorry about that. I've just always under-achieved & I'm eager to gain some kind of distinction/self-credibility. Impressed by your 50 mile ultra by the way, I'd like to do that too.

15/04/2014 at 11:24

Can I ask what sort of times and weekly mileage you are achieving at present?

15/04/2014 at 11:32

Birthofarunner: Cool reply


Cheerful Dave    pirate
15/04/2014 at 11:45

Blimey some people are sensitive!  Maybe he's saying, albeit clumsily as Screamy says, that it's the 'setting and achieving a goal' part makes him think of himself as a runner, rather than 'anyone who can't run 10k in 40 minutes is crap'.  He certainly never said that anyone not achieving his goals wasn't a 'true runner' (whatever that means anyway).  Just himself. 

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