Hi, have got a place at my 4th (and what i have decided is my final) marathon next year (VLM 2013) before I retire and stick to shorter distances and take up bi-trialthlon... I am 45.
My 3 previous runs were 3:46 (in 2005), 3:39 and 3:45 (both 2011) and I have decided I am going to train properly for a change in a "death or glory" attempt at sub 3:30. I'm trying to work out what training programme to use - a traditional one like the free RW programme, something a bit different like the (RW) free "First" plan or something more tailored (and paid for) like Trainsmart which I understand is adaptive based on what I actually do and the data uploaded from my Garmin. Does anyone have any experience using online tailored adaptive programmes - did they help? Would appreciate any thoughts on how good they were..
I got a place at a marathon last year (my second) 6 weeks in advance. I had done a couple of half marathons earlier in the year but no running longer than that. I was able to get round the marathon in 3:39- actually I knocked 7 minutes off my PB. I also recovered more quickly than my first one, so it should be possible. The learning for me though is that clearly I had a lot more strength in my legs second time round. Try and get some long/hilly runs in to build up some strength prior to your operation would be my advice..
I had a wasted 45 mile journey from Stockton to this event yesterday.
I get the point about runners safety but I had scrupulously checked the website in all days leading up to the run. On the day before the site had said the race was still running but asked runners to check on the day.
On the 28th itself I checked the website and it had been updated ths same day to say that the race was "definitely on" (Ripon Runners words, not mine), so i wasnt impressed to turn up and find it had been cancelled. if there is doubt about event safety then make this clear on the website... don't give a final decision and then reverse it the same morning.
So the communication was very poor. Actually I am only posting this comment here as there was no email contact address with the race details or a contact phone number (or indeed a contact tab from the ripon runners website), which in its own right says something about communicaiton.