Hi All - hoping to break 3 in Barcelona in March .... not sure what I'm doing training wise at the mo - but one speed sesh on the track, one medium / long run during the week, and a long one at the weekend with some mixed pacing and race pacing seems to be the way to go..... with a few other bits thrown in like strength training (weights) and a bit of swimming....
Reading the Pfitzinger book seems daunting - the low mileage program is still way in excess of what I'm planning to do - don't think I can handle more than 50 miles a week. Did 3:16 at Yorkshire marathon off 25-30 miles a week... so I guess Sub 3 could be a possibility ..... its interesting to see how everyone is going about things in slightly different ways!
As a race organiser myself Roger - I know that many people do not bring heir confirmation emails etc, and often they end up in junk folders so you will be fine with a piece of ID. If you want to make doubly sure i'd drop the organsiers an email to request a resend of your confirmation.
Intended to go out for a 10 miler today... the planned route was a little longer than expected and ended up being a half marathon! Oops .... bit of swimming tomorrow for general strength and weight off them legs I think
I think the recommendation of trying to do a chunk of your medium and even longer runs at race pace is a good idea to get your systems operating at that level..... So for example 3 of 9 miles boost effective to go from 5-8 at race pace for example. Then gradually building more race pace into things - means you are much more used to the pace psychologically and physically.
Emmy no need to measure the VO2 max sessions you just give them your all and should be in a fair amount of pain by the end!
wenty sounds like we have similar targets - you gotta believe its possible! Lets me more American about this! Whoop / Holler
i'm going to try and do a couple of HMs in jan and feb and feel that a sub 1:25 is needed to enable a sub 3 marathon..... Current PB 1:28...... 10k PB 38:02.... But I'm better over the shorter distances for sure at mo!
A friend and I are all paid up and entered for this one..... we should designate a bar in Barcelona for a marathon RW celebratory drink!
Currently trying to put a marathon schedule together.... the Pfitzinger one looks a little too heavy on looking at your watch and HRM all the time, which for me takes some of the enjoyment out of things - 50/50 of that kind of thing I think.
Currently doing a good VO2 max session on the track on a Tuesdays and a few runs during the week around 6-9 miles..... going to start building the long runs up to 20 miles on a Sunday, and then a medium long run during the week of around 12-13 .....
anyone got any good plans they could perhaps share? Think its a case of taking elements from a few different ones and customising a plan to suit your own lifestyle / schedule etc...
Did my first Marathon at Yorkshire Marathon couple months ago, was surprised by how easy the first half felt and how hard the last 6 miles felt! .... 3:16 - which I was pretty pleased with. So now the real challenge is seeing whether close to 3 hours - or very optimistically 2:59:59 is possible!! YEAAAAH
Entry is still 61.50 Euros according to the website which mean fewer than 10,000 entered still - does this race normally sell out? Knowing Barcelona pretty well the course must be pretty flat - ie fast, but guess the temperatures could be just a smidgen too high - 12C is prob my fav temp
Tempted.... more by the post race Tapas and Estrella Dam!