Marathon Advice

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22/11/2012 at 17:26

Is a Sub 4 Marathon Achievable for me??

Endcliffe trail race (10k): 58 mins

Grim Military off road cross country (8.6 miles): 1 hour 18

Sheffield Half Marathon: 2 hours 9 minutes

 I’ve been running for a year now and since signing up for the Marathon I am willing to put the effort in to train hard and diet properly but even with this determination, am I being too optimistic?? Could I achieve this??

Any advice would be great!!

Thanks

cougie    pirate
22/11/2012 at 17:33
Depends on you.

If you train as you have so far - then I'd say no.

If you up your game then it's perfectly possible.

Your estimated time now would be 4hrs 40 or so - so there's a lot of work to do - but if you want it badly enough and train well....

Have you any weight to lose ? That helps a lot.
22/11/2012 at 17:39

i weigh 147lbs and im 5 ft 10 so i wouldnt have thought there was much weight to lose?!? if needed to though i could try and strip down the last bit of excess body fat?!?!

Are there any training tips you could give me to improve my times?? im currently doing a lot of interval training and including, sprint sessions, hill training, road running and off road running..... i know my diet could do with a little improvement so im trying to stick to a proper diet now but as this is my first marathon im not sure other ways to improve as a runner....

Thanks.

 

cougie    pirate
22/11/2012 at 17:56
Well you run faster with less weight but as you say - there's not much of that.

I don't think intervals are the way forward.
You need miles in the legs before doing those and you've only had a years running.

You need to be comfortable with running 20 miles plus - so I'd focus on stamina rather than speed. Maybe bring an interval session in later on the program.

What is your mileage like now ? How far are your intervals ?
What's the longest weekly run you do ?
22/11/2012 at 18:04

im following a programme at the minute and my long run so far has been 12 miles but aswell as that i do 2 5 mile runs and 1 3 mile run each week, however, this is a brand new prgramme so iv only done 1 long run so far.

If i continued with this programme and concentrated on like you said stamina and running longer distances, do you think i could reach my target of 4 hours for the marathon?? I would be hugely dissapointed if i didnt reach my goal but i also want to be realistic....

22/11/2012 at 18:14

Thankyou.... looking at the webpage now. I do really want to hit the 4 hour mark so have already mentally prepared myself for the level of training that is required and im ready to give it my all so fingers crossed i can get there!

 

22/11/2012 at 18:18

Claire,

Why not skip over the the marathon page and post of one of the sub 4 threads and get advice there?  Over the next month there will be lots of people in a similar position to yourself posting and looking for training guidance and encouragement.  There's likely to be a sub 4 Asics thread and a sub 4 Forum thread starting within the next few weeks too.

I think from your current races and the runs you are doing its impossible to predict your marathon time at the moment.  Look at a sub 4 schedule and see what training is involved and build towards starting that over the next month.  Don't start thinking about your marathon time until nearer the time. 

PS which marathon?

 

 


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