Oooh, I'll race you to sub-90! My PB is 1.30.24, so just 25 secs to take off.
Just back from my first hilly route for abou 5 months due to protecting calf injuries. 5 cheeky miles and loved it but it's hot out there. Now melting at my desk. Not the best of days to wear a pink shirt!
I'm also a tad jealous as like you I had trained for sub-3.20 and secretly thought something close to 3.15 was possible. I was on for it too but at 16 the calf injury came back and all I could do was stop, stretch and get myself into position at 20 miles to decide if I could put a 10k kick in to grab a PB. Managed that but it was weird finishing a marathon thinking I had more to give.
So with that in mind I've been entering races and am already planning the spring marathon next year. I've entered a 10k around the Olympic rowing lake at Dorney in July. I will get a 10k PB there. Current PB was set there in 2007 when I did 42 mins but I've been beating that during tempo sessions this year (including a 10 miler).
That speed training will set me up for the Maidenhead half in September, possibly the Great South Run in October and then a slow build up to proper mara training from late November onwards.
I'll decide if I'm doing Boston when the entries open in September. Despite qualifying for it, I think it will be hard to get on as so many will try to qualify for next year's race. I'll just have to qualify again...no problem!!
I'm entering the ballot for VLM14 on Monday but my main focus will be the Brighton marathon on April 6th. I'll enter that next week too. If I get into London I can either defer one or do both as they are 2 weeks apart.
Sorted! Looking forward to it as well. I've now quit as a football manager after 10 years in the role, so now I can train better, focus properly and enter more races.
Freemers: Thanks Missus!! Paris was a really good result in the end. Really pleased to put in a solid final 10k while 2 other mates hit the wall who should have been quicker than me. Unfortunately it does mean I have unfinished business with the 26.2 discipline and will have to do another!
After achieving a Boston qualifying time last week, I spent some of the weekend looking at the costs and arrangements for doing next year's Boston marathon. Even the wife said we should build it into an easter break around New England. While the expense would actually appear somewhat prohibitive, the events of yesterday make me want to go there, support the event and show defiance against the aggressors.
After initial shock, I'm really angry that someone would pick such a soft target. I hope it doesn't put anyone off doing London on Sunday.