If you can run a sub 17 Parkrun, you can run a sub 2:45 Marathon reasonably comfortably IMO.
Wish it were so. Almost two years since I did my one and only sub 17, but haven't quite converted yet. Hoping that a race against the Walter Mitty of the Team GB thread on Saturday might help me get back into the low 17's.
Jimbob - I reckon you need to be looking at 18.30 parkrun for a sub 3
DanA, my best chipped 5k time is 19.44. I've been sub20 a few times this year most recently in October and given the course difficulty of hampstead heath and my general dislike of maximum effort running, i'm not so bothered about the 5k time - although i am targetting a sub19 in this training cycle. My main aim is to be able to regularly average just below 7min miling on all the 10-12 mile tempo runs. If i can do that on a weekly basis i'll be vaguely confident of attempting the 6.45min average i'll need to seal the deal in Paris. With a 3.05 under the belt a few weeks back, i'll be looking for an improvement on that at the very least
Dannir? i thought you were going to fly to London and Eurostar it over!
Actually, seeing as you have this crazy dopey challenge earlier in the year, running London and not Paris gives you an extra week's break/training and the best chance of London being your "quality" spring race where you set your Comrades time.
Evening you rather fast lot who i don't really deserve to mix with on here but i do anyway cause i aspire for more.
CW nice work on all the recent training ..... sounds like it's all coming together.
Toro - great PB - i''ll be targetting a sub40 Bupa London 10,000 in May. Can't bear the short distances really
Postie - naughty naughty to you and your kind. Actually no complaints about mine so far but it could al go pete tong. My missis has been complaining of shin pain when she runs and i've finally managed to convince her to get new running shoes after using the same adidas supernova control for the last 10 years FFS! I've a pair of Brooks adreneline GT13s on order from amazon as one of her xmas presents but being the tight arse i am opted for free super saver delivery. We'll see!
I see some of you have started your VLM training. I didn't get into London, cause last Paris's 3.23 didnt get me in , so i'm back in Paris2014 which is the week before London. I'll be signed into Boston2015 and London2015 for sure after my recent improvements, but for now, i'm daring to dream of going something special in Paris (something to do with the name of this thread maybe) so my training plan has kicked off this week.
Last week i managed 32 miles (nothing long) including a hampstead heath parkrun (12th place) in 20.15 (26 seconds short of best). My 5k tactics are always rather crappy - no negative splits. Was sub20 half way but hung on for the last mile like a heaving breathing wreck whatever that is? . Anyway it's strong enough run to work from. Today's was 8 miles at 7.15 in the early morning slippery dark and felt ok. Felt great after!
Planning to build by 10% per week - maxing at around 50-ish with 5x20+ runs including the Finchley20 which i will race at target marathon pace.
A while back one of you clever folk on here recommended Charlie Spedding's book which i am reading and finding enjoyable. Will pass it on to a running pal after as worth a look.