SJPC14 I maybe could improve my time but frankly I can't be bothered...I'm not a natural, I am actually a bit on the stocky side...Good luck with your race mate, nice to hear you've stayed injury free..thats gotta be the most important part!!
PS Andy, yeh good advice pal, i screwed up the windermere marathon by going off too fast..I had my frickin ipod playlist the wrong way round..Eye of the tigered the first half, and regretted it big time 2nd half!
I have encountered too many people in their 50s+ who have had to give up running because they have trained too much and their knees are goosed I don't think regular marathon running is a great idea, one or two a year is ok, and more of an occasion for me than a race, I hate getting involved in all the faffy timing and technical crap..just run the race, fast and as comfortable as you can and enjoy, we are not professionals (well most of us anyway
Who says you have to do long training runs to do a marathon? I do 10 miles twice a week, and interval training twice a week and fully expect to get 3 hours 45. It's not about quantity of training, it's about quality training..The fact that I haven't put all that strain on my body by doing 20 mile runs means my body will be fresher and less injury prone too..Think outside the box.