Hello SJPC, I live on the out skirts of Bolton. To behonest I am struggling with time, because of my life style. I do not have every weekend off and also mid week time off is not recovered when I do work weekends. So most days I travel from Bolton to Manchester. So I have to make do with some runs between the traveling to make the most of my time management. I now know what it like if you stop for a 2 weeks and then try to catch up the miles back. Cant be done sensibly really. I did a 16 mile run without doing any big distances for a month so I took it steady on 155 Heart Rate, steady 9 min miles on a hilly course. So I am hoping I can at least do Manchester just under 4 hours. I would take that deal with the type of training I have been doing. I still have 8 weeks before the date.
I like to feel the Mental Challenges too, so being pushed out my traiing limits (in running any way) as you know the better middle distance runner you are the more power you loose. It how much I want to loose) coming from a Judo and Wresting background. It sounds silly but I enjoy having explosive power I see it as a security blanket in some way. I have learned there is no hiding places in Marathon Miles, you have to get on the road. Laughing I am now looking like a stick insect. So it would not be the distant I would stay at once this Marathon is done.
Hello all, since I have moved back to the MIghty North West after living away for 29 years and a new runner starting in June 2012 after enterting the Freckleton Half Marathon and finishing in 1 Hour 47 Mins and 11 secounds. I have entered it again this time with some training My first focus though is just to do a Marathon without any structured training. Naughty I know . But I would like to use my Marathon as a base line for Freckleton Half Marathon and finish under 1 hour 40 at least. But I will be racing on 10k's now and then. I feel I could break the 45 minute mark but would love to breat the 42 Minute mark by the end of the year. My dream is to break the 40 Minute Mark for 10k, Half Marathon 1 hour 30 and York Marathon (last one of the year) 3 Hours 30 Mins. After that I will only do one Marathon a year.
So I hope you do not mind me saying hello and look forward in exchanging running tips and idea's.
Morning everyone, I have enjoyed following the thread. Jamie, I have certainly enjoyed your input with the other runners. You have some great times. Now here is something new, I do not have the time or planning you guys have for a number of reasons. I do not have every weekend off and I also do not have the mid week off because I worked the weekend. Bearing in mind recovery is key, I do an hit and miss sessions depending how I feel. I am not new to fitness or training, but running using science is new to me. The best I can use as a time trial is 28 mins 15 secs with hills but on roads. On average I am around 28-29 mins for 4 miles depending on weather and what training I have done.
As much as I love interval training, I know it increases injuries at my age not coming from a runners background I want to limit injuries. I am doing my first Marathon at Manchester on the 28 April 2013. So I am doing steady miles really around 9ish minute miles. I feel I could do a 10k in 45 minutes as I trained on 46 mins with hills. There are plenty of hills in the North West not the East Midlands and South East flats here. My aim after I have done this Marathon is to focus on 10k's I want to by the end of the year break 42 Minutes at least but would love to chase down a sub 40 mins. Trouble is I am 51 now. I can either run 4 x 9 Miles each evening after a 18 mile bike ride there and back from Bolton to Salford with a long run at the weekends. When they are free or do a split day of 9 miles. As you can see I want to save time by using my traveling times to train. Now this takes some thinking out side the box. I would love to hear some options.