ASICS Target 26.2: PB Hunter



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PB Hunter - Alex

  • Follow in the forum: A.W
  • Target: Sub 3 hours

  • Coach: Steve Smythe

  • Marathon PB: 3.06.10 (London 2008)

  • See: Alex's training schedule


Strengths: "Dedication to my training and the determination to finally put all the pieces together to succeed this time!"

Weaknesses: "Giving myself a hard time when I don't do well and things don't go to plan."

About me: "I love my running, I'm prepared to go the extra mile to get to my goal, motivation is not an issue to get the hard graft done! I have been trying to break the 3 hour marathon barrier for about 6 years now. In the previous 7 campaigns I've trained well, got my hard sessions done, got my long runs done, but something has always been missing on the big day. A knee injury last year meant no running for a few months and it took 8 months to recover fully. This has really focussed my mind to make the most of my running. I'm a very determined person and really driven to succeed. I have the work ethic, but don't have all the answers. I really believe with the expert guidance from the Asics Target 26.2 team I can find the missing piece of my marathon puzzle and finally get my sub 3 in Paris in April."

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More about Alex...

How do you feel about making the final five?

When I found out I made the final five I was absolutely ecstatic, but can also confess to a tad of nervousness too! There are lots of people watching my progress now. I've never won anything in my life, so to get through when so many applied made my day, or rather year! It was the best Christmas present I could have been given.

How do your training plans differ from the training you've done before?

The biggest difference in my schedule so far from what I would normally do is the addition of another quality session. I would usually do an interval and a tempo session each week, but in my new schedule I will be doing a third quick session on the Saturday, either a parkrun or hard session.

What are you most looking forward to?

I'm looking forward to everything this experience has to offer! Especially running the Paris Marathon and working with coach Steve Smythe to see how much we can improve my performance.

Another bonus will be taking all the decision making out of my training - Steve tells me what I have to do and I do it! All I have to do now is train well.

During a normal marathon build up for me there are always question marks over each session. Should I do 800m or 1600m reps, how many should I do and the list goes on! 

What are you most looking forward to?

I think my biggest challenge will be putting it all together on race day. I love the training and all the hard work, so in a funny way that's the easy bit for me.

When it comes to race day in Paris there are so many variables, and everything has to come together for that one day. I have to focus on staying fit and healthy and get to race day in one piece.

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