Fishy - Good to read you hip is responding well to strengthening exercises. I haven't had a single niggle with my ITB since doing the same.
You asked about my first post and future marathon schedule. I think I used one from Runners World averaging about 50 miles weekly. This included a tempo session, fast reps and a weekend long run with 2 or 3 easy 5 mile runs. A solid training schedule for anyone wanting to run about 3:30 to 3:15.
Lorenzo - Great marathon running, not far of your PB. If you can currently handle 60+ miles then why settle for P&D 55 miles? Why not aim for 70 to 80 in your next campaign? I went from a marathon PB of 3:10 to 2:57 (now 2:51) by doing nothing more than adding more slower miles. My stamina went through the roof by peaking at 90 - 100 miles weekly compared to 50 - 60.
GM - Good running in tough conditions.
I'm running the marathon linked below on the 10th. It's a free marathon organised by the East Antrim Marathon Series. They organise a couple every month for people trying to run 100+ marathons. They usually cost £22 but this one is a thank you for all the support throughout the year. It will be my first with them but I plan on doing plenty more over the next few years. Apparently they are very well run with a field of 50 runners.
I read an article recently that tested different distances to find which was best for improving your VO2 Max. Apparently flat out 8 minutes reps are the best so I've added them into my weekly MLR. So I had a good tough 15 mile run this morning including 4 x 8 mins. I'm also trying to work on my weakness of uphill running, so I've a course that means the fast sections are mostly uphill.
Les H - Glad to read your op is over. I wish you a speedy recovery.
Congratulations and a nice PB Jools!
Abbers, VTr and SJ - Good to read your come backs are progressing
I hope you had a great birthday Lorenzo! Good luck in your race.
Good Park running OO52
Today is my 6th year anniversary of my first post in the Runners World forums! I celebrated in style with a 20 mile pre-breakfast run this morning, incorporating a 18:37 Parkrun victory near the end.
I've signed up for my 10th marathon (or further) of the year on the 10th of December. I'll be targeting another sub 3. I've also set myself a goal of running over 3000 miles for the third year in a row. To do this, I'll need to average almost 60 miles a week for the rest of the year. Loving it.
This is my first ever post on Runners world 21/11/2009 -
"Hi everyone this is my first post so I hate to pee on anyone’s cornflakes but seeing this thread made me want to comment. I see a lot of positive comments about FIRST training but I thought it worthwhile letting you know that it doesn’t work for everyone.
I starting running last January after about 12 years of a lay off and ran a 1:36:46 Half Marathon in July. According to this time using a few online calculators I should have been able to run a full Marathon at around 3:25 to 3:30. I followed the 16 week FIRST training schedule practically to the letter (rowing 3 times a week as cross training) with the only difference being my last two long runs being 21 and 22 miles rather than 20.
I then ran the Dublin marathon and kept to an average pace of about 7:50 for the first 18 miles. However my legs starting turning to lead and I hit the wall big time. I ended up struggling over the line in a disappointing 3 hours 48 with the last 6 miles being hell.
I just ran a 10k speed test this morning in 43 minutes which equates to a 3:20 to 3:25 marathon so I certainly haven’t lost any speed. I won’t be using FIRST again and will instead be using a program that has higher mileage over 5 or 6 days."
I finished the Dublin Marathon today in 2:51:38, which is my 2nd fastest time but definitely my best performance, due to the wind and hills compared to my 2:51:08 in London. I went for the sub 2:50 but 25 mph SE wind meant we were either climbing or had a head wind for about 20 miles! I think I'd have run a sub 2:50 today in flat course with little wind. 147th place from over 13,000 wasn't bad. Full report to follow within a few days.
Thanks for the kind encouraging words, GM, SJ, VTr, Birch, Jools, OO, PJF, Les, Lor and KR
GM - With the undulating course and weather forecast for Dublin, I don't think I have much chance of beating my time in London (2:51) this year. I was targeting a PB last year which was 2:54 at the time but struggled to finish in 2:58, giving it 100%. Good decision resting your foot and I hope you have a good training run with your friend.
OO - Good Parkrunning
PFJ - Sorry to hear about your daughter and her friends accident. Glad your daughter is fine but that sounds terrible about her friend. Good Parkrunning debut.
Lor - Nice monthly mileage so far and a great 22 miler.
KR - All the best for the Leicester Marathon
I hope everyone runs a great Marathon today or tomorrow. I look forward to hearing about PBs and great performances!
Dublin will be my 25th marathon or ultra and I should be awarded a bronze medal from 100 Marathon Club Ireland. So far I've completed 20 road marathons, 1 mountain marathon and 3x 50ks. It took me 9 marathons to run faster than 3:10, but have since run 8 sub 3 hours with the goal to add another tomorrow. My long term goal is to run 100 marathons with the majority sub 3. Run Badbark Run!