ASICS Target 26.2: On a Plateau

On a Plateau - Adrian

  • Follow in the forum: Shady_Ady
  • Target: Under 3:30 would be a dream come true and a lifelong ambition.
  • Marathon PB: 3:44:29 (Boston Marathon, 2009)
  • Coach: Sam Murphy
  • Training schedule: See Adrian's training plan here.

Strengths: "Focus, enthusiasm, will-power and the continuing desire to keep improving and succeed. Running gives me a feel good factor that I'm addicted to (imagine a dog with its head stuck out of a car window - that's me running!)"

Weaknesses: "Diet; namely real ale and a sweet tooth. I believe this is the root cause of my stagnant PB. Others may argue my lack of speed work in training could be the answer."

About me: "The first few marathons I ran, I was beaten by athletes dressed as giant condoms, telephone boxes and half the Mr Men cast. Since then I've dramatically improved, but many friends still view me as a 'fun-runner'. My wife stands at every finish line, rain or shine. There's not a better feeling than seeing her proud face. Although she'd be happy if I came home after a sloth, I owe it to her AND myself to give a performance to be truly proud of, before the hours spent training are exchanged for nappy changing. Determination, enthusiasm and motivation to reach my goal won't be a problem. After losing several family members to cancer, with minimal training I walked 1,160 miles from Lands End to John o'Groats for charity. My 15 marathons will provide a solid foundation for this experience and I'll share every high and low of this amazing opportunity."

Follow Adrian's forum thread - post your advice or training tips and join the debate! You can follow Adrian on Twitter too at @Ady_Livingstone.

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