Tenjiso - I believe that you will get a lot closer to those predicted marathon times over the next couple of years and you will become stronger. This will enable you to hold that race pace in the latter stages of the marathon.
I've spent a lot of time in the last 24 hours thinking about my 5 year plan, tonight I'm going to sketch the outline and tomorrow commit it to a spreadsheet. Time is against me regarding PB's as I'm 57 now but I still think I have one or two marathon PB's in me but I have other goals regarding ultras and think I could PB at ultra distances as long as all my training goes well.
Big G - 'waddly' is a lovely word and sounds full of affection.
At DD you can let me sneak past if I'm just a couple of minutes outside the cut off
Keith - I look forward to seeing you at the Discovery, you'll love it. The nights are chilly here too, but not frosty, was down to 4 or 5 degrees last night
Lily - I'm so glad you've made a speedy recovery from VLM, that's another sign of increased fitness. Great news that you are thinking of doing Windermere marathon next year, it's a beautiful course. I'm not doing Windermere this year, first time I've missed in the last 6 years but I'll be there next year. Book your accommodation early as it's a very expensive area and very busy at that time of year.
Iain - that's good news on the run.
mamafox - I'll finish the Connemara report this weekend, I'm home all weekend and enjoying myself having a few days off work. I've even been putting pictures in on this report! though that might be a bit of a faff pasting then on here
That's a great training run, base training really works. My training has been a inconsistent since Connemara, then getting a cold.
I believe Garmins can sometimes be unpredictable and throw a wobbly so up to you!
Tenjiso - I've just read most of this thread and certainly all of the last 2 pages and I am so impressed. It's inspirational for all runners.
I'm a great believer in goals and you set out your plans and despite set backs and tough time management you still managed to train and achieve your goals.
However I'm not sure I agree with you about all the race calculators. I agree with you about the Fetch article, I had previously read the Fetch article and thought it was the biggest load of rubbish and was written for those that just didn't train enough for their marathons or ran the first half of their marathon too fast.