Hi CBW! No, I don't think there is a thread from the lead guy so surely that's doesn't bode well .
Millsy - I hope so! I've been trying for a few years now (to go below 3.50 and then they changed GFA to 3.45). I had a year off marathon's this year as I felt I needed a break but I'm doing Manchester in the spring. Long runs, yes, I'd always do up to 22 miles but I'm not sure I do enough, far enough out. All my marathon training I've told myself has been solid at the time but on reflection I'm not convinced I've ever done the 'time on my feet' bit enough to warrant a better time and you're completely right, it's the mental side and having the confidence.
If Paul gets in I will definitely follow his training closely and then hopefully I'll be inspired to keep mine going too! Might even convert me back over to RW forums from being a bit of Fetchie for some time (only really for the training log I hasten to add). I hope that comment doesn't get me 'virtually' shot
Yay Millsy! With all this motivation and encouragement I reckon I too ought to be able to train and find 8 mins for a GFA in the spring. Clearly I am nowhere near as fast as Paul and all you speedsters and my body dislikes the marathon from 22 miles or thereabouts but if Paul can find 34 mins I WILL find 8 .
My vote is with Paul... to knock 34 mins off your current time would be an impressive achievement and based on your other distance PBs it would appear that with the right training plan and coaching, you can do it. Roger's currently in the lead though and with only a minute to knock off, it wouldn't seem quite as big a feat for him to do it.
BP - what you say is too true... the mental part is the difficult part... I'm hoping the positive experience of an my recent off road marathon will still be with me when I get to Manchester.
Faz - agree, I'm not experienced or disciplined enough to attempt anything other than even pace and to be honest, I'm not very good at that. I spent the first half of Stafford Half last week at 7:40m/m (was aiming for 1:45!!)... then lost my pace entirely over the last 3
I hadn't thought about pacers, it would be perfect if they have a 3:50 pacer... I'd like to aim to stick with them and hopefully have a little in the tank to creep under that. Having said that, I would be extremely happy with 3:anything!