I don’t get much time to post anymore but I just wanted to announce that I will be running 2:49:xx at this year’s London Marathon.
I’m well out of shape at the minute but intend to average 85 miles for the next 10 weeks, before the taper. I will also be performing running drills twice a week, weight sessions twice a week, 10x10 second hill sprints twice a week and ab work.
I’m visualising coming round the final bend with plenty of time to spare, so I can bask in the glory of a sub 2:50 marathon. It’s already happened, time just has to get there.
continued - and averaging sub 3:15 across the two.
As it turned out the race winner only finished 3 minutes ahead as he had to walk some of the last miles. So I finished first in the Back to Back race receiving a silver shield and £65 vouchers for a local running store. Nice!
At 47 years old I might make 2017 my last attempt at PBs. To be honest I’m not sure if I’ve already started the decline, but will give it my all for three months before the London Marathon. After I come back from a skiing holiday this month I will do 12 weeks of P&D up to 85 miles.
My PB is 2:51 of a 1:20 half marathon. I’m only at about 1:24 HM and 2:59 marathon shape at the minute, so I’ve a lot of hard work ahead. I’d love to break 2:50 which will be my goal for London.
I hope you all have a great 2017, achieving your personal and running goals!
Happy New Year everyone! I’m currently in work but for the first time in ages have had a chance of good read of the thread. It’s great to see all the usual suspects running well.
Gul – Great yearly mileage and PB setting
OO – Good yearly mileage and I think your running year was pretty good with a sub 18 Parkrun! Great performance in the 11k.
Les – You’ve come back from an operation really well. You’re mileage is exceptional all things considered
PMJ – Good yearly total with a nippy average pace. Good Parkrunning.
GD – Well done on your best running year and PB setting. Sorry to read about your club member, tragic indeed. Nice nippy 14.5 miler
Lorenzo- That’s a good year with the mileage, marathon PB and longest run.
Abbers- Well done on getting close to your yearly record. Enjoy the P&D
Poacher- 69 marathons or longer is fantastic. The 100 is definitely in the cards. Keep at it!
SBD – That’s a great 20 miler completed.
Birch – Good mileage and I like your long term goal! Awesome overall mileage.
GM – Nice hangover 10k running. Well done on defeating the cnba fairies.
KR – Excellent xmas running
MsE – I hope you stay fit and achieve your goals. A GB Masters vest would be amazing. Good luck with the 10 miler.
Jools – Brilliant mileage!
VTr- Well done on your highest yearly mileage, especially after all your woes.
Well I’ve had an interesting year to say the least. It started badly with a Melanoma diagnoses which resulted in missing over 5 weeks training due to an operation. I’ve had no further cancer problems but I’m still not mentally 100%.
My yearly total was 2688, which was the first time in four years I ran less than 3k miles. This did include 8 marathons, a 100k (PB) and I ran 75.5 miles to win a 12 hour race. I didn’t get close to any PB’s at the shorter distances but picked up two 10k trophies in low key races.
I finished the year in style by running the East Antrim Marathon series Back to Back marathons on the 30th and 31st of December. There was about 100 people in each marathon with 80 running the B2B. The first day was pretty flat and I held back a bit to finish in 3:06, knowing I could have gone sub 3. I took the 2nd place prize, only beaten by a single marathon runner and I was leading the B2B by 3 minutes.
The second day was different matter. It was hilly 4 lap course with the downhill’s hurting badly. At half way I was 4th place about 10 - 15 minutes behind the leading group. This contained two runners who were close in the first race so I was 3rd overall and struggling.
I plodded on at the same pace and overtook the runner ahead, who was not doing the B2B. Not long later I spotted Geoff about 30 seconds in front, who was 3 minutes behind me from the first race. I knew I just had to keep him in sight to finish ahead overall and hoped the other runner wasn’t too far ahead.
Going on to the last lap I was told that the runner leading was 10 to 15 minutes ahead and ‘flying’. I only hoped he would slow more than me over the last lap. I had caught Geoff and we began running together which really helped, as we were both suffering badly.
The pace was over 8 m/m over the last few miles and we both were doing the Ultra shuffle. The final mile was up a steep hill and I had to give it everything not to walk. Geoff and I crossed the line together and I needed help from marshals nearly collapsing. I finished the 2nd marathon in 3:19, so managed my overall goal of sub 6:30, and averaging sub 3:15 acros
Hi everyone, I haven’t been near the forum for months, as life has been hectic and I haven’t been doing any marathon training. It’s great to see all usual suspects still running and posted in this thread.
I’ve been concentrating on shorter distances and picked up a few (low quality field) 10k victories. My main goal was to qualify for N.Ireland, in the British and Irish Masters cross country. I managed to sneak onto the team but due to an unluckily timed dose of man flu, ran poorly in the International. I was still chuffed to represent my country though.
Although I’ve been working hard on improving my 5k to 10k pace, I’m still slower than last year when I was running a marathon every month. So either at 47 with over 7 years of running I’ve finally peaked, or I run faster on very high mileage, I don’t know. Time will tell now that I’m back to marathon training again. I managed my first long run in months of 22 miles at a brisk 7:16 average.
So now I’m racing a 10k on Saturday then attempting a sub-3 marathon on Sunday. Madbark is back!