I was sort of looking for a 'get you round' group as I'm sure there was one on here when I ran the FLM (as it was) in 2007. But maybe I am imagining it...?
Anyway, in 2007 my time was 5:40:10. Around that time, my half marathon PB was around 2:26.
My PB for a half is now 2:10:23 (I ran Reading last weekend), and according to the RW race calculator, my predicted marathon time would be 4:31:50 (which, I have to say, I think is totally out of my reach). I am running London again this year.
I thought maybe sub-5 was also out of my reach but I've read through this thread and you seem to be doing similar paces to me, so is it possible after all, perhaps?
I'm up to 16 miles on my long run (18 next weekend, then 20, then taper - I am following 'The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer', which I have used before). I can do this in just under 3 hours, although I do stop a couple of times on the way, not from fatigue, but to adjust my iPod - I must make a playlist, although I won't use it on race day anyway. So I think I could probably do 16 miles a little quicker.
I loved Reading and felt like I whizzed round (!), but a couple of days later did 8 miles and found it really difficult. Odd how that happens.
Anyway, what sort of pace are you aiming for? When I did the marathon before I had no intention of having any target time as I just wanted to enjoy it. Now I am not so sure as this thread has kind of piqued my interest....
Cheers Wilkie - nah, I'm OK on the rejections thing. The mara sent an email out to us when it was stopping and said if we registered on some link or other, we could still qualify. I think they sent emails out to anyone who already had a certain number of consecutive rejections at the time - I can't remember now. Anyway, they email me with a different registration link each year (you register a couple of days before the ballot opens) and I have been ticking away the years ever since!
Hi cougie, thanks for the reply. Yes, they are still doing the rejections thing, but 2014 will be the last time they do it. So I was quite lucky to get in. Have a good family network so don't think childcare will be a problem, was just a bit unsure about the physical effects of childbirth etc!