I'm now 40 and took up running in 2000 and started slowly building up distance completeing my fisrt 10k in 60:33. I never believed I could run. then then joined a local running club and found they were just too fast for me and i lost all motivation, A friend then got me to agree to run GNR and it was my first 1/2 marathon.
I then took a break and only did enough to get me round GNR and my times varied signifcantly. Each time i said If i get into London i'll start training properly, in the back of my mind i was hoping i wouldnt get in. Then i finally got accepted for 2007 ao in Dec 2006 and had no choice i started training.
I joined the City of Hull AC and never looked back.... my training went well with regulrlay 17 mile run on sundays though i didnt do as well as i hoped as i suffered with the heat but what an achievement 5:23. i then reapplied for 2008 and got in via the ballot, Looking forward to beating my time with i started to tarin and broke my toe so kept me off running for 12 weeks and meant i lost my place in the club winter league instead of coming 1st/2nd i came 19ish. as i improved over the winter... so i defferred to 2009 coming back after that i used thsi year to get faster and i worked really hard with lots of pb's and a 10ktime of 54:09 coming second in the local summer league i strained a muscle and droppd to third and only just started to run again 12 weeks later.
IReasons why RW should train me:
I'm not the fastest person in the world but class myself as Mr maninthestreet, The person most can relate to, 40 years of age slightlyoverweight but wanting to have a go. I get myself to a level but cnt seem to break through it without breaking myself. like many slower runners they have they desire but not the knowledge to improve.
I would aim for is 4:30-4:45 which with the right coaching and schedule i should just achieve. if i could knock an hour off i would be forever grateful.