Hope you don't mind a newcomer who's probably punching above their weight in a 3.30 thread? Just interested in opinions. I'm 56, been running about 12 years now and last marathon was London 2012 where I did a 3.55mins. 4 years before that I did my best marathon time 3.45mins at London. I've recently given up bread, lost over a stone in weight and have had a real energy boost. I was planning on trying to get a PB, say 3.43? but managed 13.2 miles last weekend in 1.40mins and did a 9.3 mile club run in 1.11mins. My question now is would I be wise to try for 3.43 mins, or should I be really optomistic (stupid?) and try a 3.30 and risk dissapointment if I fail? What would you do based on recent training runs/age etc?
Pocket Rocket Amy, thanks for all your positive comments and people to look at for tips. All very helpful thanks. When I get a bit of spare time, I'll catch up with your previous posts so I know where you are at with experience/current training etc, but certainly sounds like you are going well. As for my Rome half marathon time, I really don't know? I haven't done a half marathon or a full one since 2012 due mainly to a couple of injuries and IBS that are only just really improving much. Having said that, I virtually gave up eating bread a few months ago and started eating more Tuna fish and I've lost over a stone in weight and found energy I haven't had for years! Last night at my club I managed 9.5 miles at average 7.45mm which is about as good as I get over that distance and I couldn't have kept that up for another 3.5 miles, I'm 56 though so can't expect more really. Unfortunately, because I haven't got a recent half marathon time, I will only get a start place at the back of the field in Rome, so I guess it will be a pretty slow race for me, but never mind I'll enjoy the experience!
I just stumbled on to this thread and wanted to say 'Good Luck' with the training and the big day of course. I'm also training for the London Marathon at the moment (best time 3.45) and hoping to get a PB this time. I'm doing the Rome half marathon on 1st March, so Looking forward to that as first race ever abroad.
I'm doing London and my wife and I have just signed up to do the Rome half marathon on 1st March. Anyone here done that one? Flights from Stanstead to Rome return £50.00 with Ryan Air and a room for two with breakfast included, half a mile from start, £37.00 per night. (very high rated on trip advisor) so not an expensive trip.
Training going quite well. Doing 6 -10 mile club runs averaging 7.30 - 8.30mm pace and up to 15 mile long slow Sunday runs at about 10 - 11mm pace, so taking it very gently on long runs to avoid injury.