Wow!!!!!! What about the quality of the stats. So good to have such breakdowns tho last year I felt the opposite after a nightmare run. To find that I overtook 1313 runners in last 7k and was only overtaken by 17 is something I'm proud of. Would love to find out if anyone can beat that for a strong finish.
Best moment: running sub 4hr for the first time and shaking the hand of Richard Branson at the finish!
Worst moment: nearly went apex over base when someone was so desperate to get to a drinks station they cut across everyone as if they were on lone training run
Most memorable: has to be the crowd- fantastic support
T-shirt- yuk, who chose that colour
Goal - sub 4 hrs
Highlight: catching up on my stats and realising that over the last 7k I passed 1313 runners and was only overtaken by 17 - be interested to know if anyone can beat this!
What a fantastic experience, made even better by my first ever sub 4 hr marathon and a PB by 20 minutes at the age of 58. I have to put much of it down to a Strength & Conditioning coach who took me under his wing and prepared me in a way that a number of RW forum sceptics questioned when I posted about it a few months ago. He basically got me to cut back on my midweek interval & speed work, replacing it with gym work - essentially plyometrics and power work such as squats, lunges, glute work etc. The idea was to build strength and power which would benefit me at VLM without compromising my endurance mileage at weekends. In fact during the 4 'key' months of training my mileage never got above 90 with the lowest at 68. It worked perfectly. My 10k splits were 58min/57/56/55 and my quickest 5k splits were between 30-40k! I got stronger as I went, hit no wall and will forever more argue that 1. You don't necessarily become a stronger runner by just running and 2. Less is very often more!
Completed last LR yesterday, 22 miles. Tiring, of course, but the way I feel today totally vindicates my approach to my training which has been to concentrate on more S&C work in the gym, less midweek miles but keeping up the endurance work. Really feel I could do another long run today! Spending today resting and stretching with the plan for a short recovery run with Tues or Weds. Sometimes I think we can get caught up in the mindset that the only way to improve our running is by more running. So many generic training plans talk about 4/5 runs a week. We are all different and having only taking up running 5 yrs ago at 53 I have always been aware that I need to train my whole body to cope with the rigours not just my legs. So far so good, 3 wks to go. I'm sure some of my doubters on this thread are feeling as positive as me with their given plan too, each to their own! Good luck all.