I didn't start running until I was in my mid 30s and posted most PBs in my late 30s, so the absolute times I ran then are still beatable in theory. If I had run lots in my mid 20s and posted much faster PBs like PMJ/Birch have done then maybe I woudl feel differently and be looking to WAVA now.
Who knows what I might have run as a younger, thinner, fitter me? Well, thanks to PMJ's link, now I know. A 2:44:23 marathon will do nicely, thankyou. Anyone joining me on the age and lard adjusted champs start??
8m easy/steady this morning. 5m very easy yesterday (should have rested really - junk miles).
Track visit planned for tomorrow after work. Can't think of a better way to spend a Friday evening when on a dry January. Last night was a tough test of my resolve to stay off the booze. Big work party, but I managed to resist temptation. The guy I share an office with was out until 6am and is suffering badly, as one would. I, on the other hand, am eating a lunch of oriental prawn salad followed by blueberry and quinoa dessert pot and exuding an air of smuggness.
I tend not to look at WAVA scores. At 43, I'm still chasing absolute performance targets and cling to the belief that my HM and marathon PBs from 2010 (1:25 and 3:05) could in theory still be beaten given a sustained period of solid training and no injuries. Maybe once i'm into my 50's I might start paying more attention to WAVA.
When I am running in trail or fell races (which I do from time to time) I tend to look at the course record and aim to avoid being no more that 50% more than that. For comparison 50% over the marathon WR is around 3:04 so just a tad quicker than my PB. Marathon records are generally very good as so many people run them seriously. By contrast, off road running course records vary a lot in terms of quality so more often than not my "50%" target is usually eminently do-able. Having said that, I have had 2 attempts at the Borrowdale Fell Race and getting to within 50% of Billy Bland's 2:34, set in 1982 strikes me as much tougher than running a 3:04 marathon. It is an extraordinarily good CR. I guess that makes him the Paula Radcliffe of the fells (although I'm not sure he would appreciate the comparison!).
8m at goal MP tonight came out at 7:20. HR went above marathon HR for the last 3m and the Garmin gave me a 4.4 for training effect (a polite way of telling me I was blowing out of my @rse). Nevertheless a good session to have bagged. Onwards and upwards.
G-D - good session given you are under the weather.
MsE - Hope you are OK
Jools - nice 5k/tempo run.
RFJ - another solid session bagged
Leslie H - well done. Sounds brutal
SJ - I'm impressed. Paces beginning with a "5" never fail to impress me.
MsE - I think the double posting happens when you hit refresh without having navigated away from that page since your last post. Maybe this could be the issue?
OO52 - nice steady LR to bring up the 50
20.25m for me this morning at a very even paced 8.34m/m. It felt OK while I was running and I felt I could have done a mile or two more. Very sore Achilles when I stopped. I hope it is not set to become a major limiting factor. 51m for the week.