I signed up for the marathon before I got injured and it is something I have always wanted to do. Clearly, I do not want to injure myself permanently so am taking advisement from a consultant, however I would like to understand how I can train for a marathon doing 2/3 runs a week. My recovery post run is improving, I will run three times this week, including my half marathon, so I think I can put in 20-25 miles a week now building up to more over the next few months
I am also cycling around 40 miles a week, and going to the gym twice a week aswell, so xtraining and weights.
I really don't want to just get round the marathon, and always push myself to the limit in everything I do, however depending on how my training goes this may become a reality but i do want to understand where I am now, and what could happen if I continue to improve as much as I have been.
I'm 36 and started running 6 months ago, whilst overweight (5"11' and 15 stone 6lbs / 1.80m / 98kg) as I used to be a lot fitter in my younger days and thought I could still do it, I quickly found that my fitness was appalling and vowed to improve.
I ran my first 10k within 5 weeks of starting training, finishing in 59:07 and was completely and utterly shattered. 4 and a half months later, I have now lost around 2 stone / 12kg, so still a bit overweight and improved my 10k to sub 52mins. My 5k has gone from 29:08 to sub 24mins.
Last weekend I ran my first half marathon, a very hilly Bedford half in 2:02:28, which but for the hills, I am quite sure I could have got under 2hrs.
Generally I am only running twice a week, one long steady run (6-9 miles) and a fast 3-4 miler. I find it hard to run more frequently as I was diagnosed with degenerative joint disease in my knee and I'm in a bit of pain after running and it takes a few days for this to go down.
I haven't really changed my diet since starting running, although I do have a passion for water now, so am drinking at least 3 litres a day. I plan to change my diet from 1st Jan.
My main question is given my current progress, I am wondering what I could achieve for my first ever Marathon, I would love to be sub 4hrs, but do not know if this is realistic given my progress so far.