I've been picked up twice in 5 attempts. I really enjoy the VLM and have ran all but one since 2010. The other years I ran for charities, donating most of the minimum sponsorship myself. Last year I won a race number from one of the VLM sponsors. The charity that I was running for, allowed me to defer to 2015. Good Luck for 2015.
Thanks Millsy, thanks seren nos. I suppose I'm somewhere in the middle when it comes to weekly mileage. I keep myself topped up in between events and then I follow Hal Higdon. The other reason I made contact was because I found an American coach who advised that the over 60's (Me) should not run on consecutive days, but to split them up with a power walk etc. I went ahead and split Hal's Novice 1 training program up with rest days. Of course this extended the the length of the training program, and the weekly long run would appear on any day during the week. The increase to some of the weekly totals seemed too much for me and I've decided to go back to Hal's original plan. Thanks once again for your feedback. Cheers. My next is the 'Berlin' in support of the Army Benevolent Fund.
Well, I've always followed Hal Higdon's 18 week Novice 1 training program for my last 4 marathons (I've only ever ran 4). And it's only just occurred to me that his long runs don't follow the 10% rule. i.e Week 6 to 7 the long run jumps from 7 miles to 12 miles. And weeks 9 to 10 the long run jumps from 10 to 15 miles. Weeks 12 to 13 the long run jumps from 12 miles to 18 miles. etc etc. My question is, to whom does the 10% rule apply? I'm quite happy following Hal's program. I finished this years London in 4hrs : 48mins. Not a record breaking time, but great for me. I would like to hear other peoples views on the 10% rule. Thanks for reading my thread.
Hello all you Sub 5hr hopefuls. I'm in the same boat as you. I train so hard and diligently follow Hal Higdons beginner program but have never in my last 3 VLM's 'REALLY' broke the 5hr barrier. IN 2010 I came in at 4hrs 59min 16secs. 2011 - 5hrs 6mins, and 2013 I crossed the finish line in 5hrs 8mins. I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis in my feet and hands and suffer quite badly at the 16/18 mile point. This is when I have to break into the Run/Walk method. This year, I am going to use the Run/Walk method from the beginning. (I'll wear a little notice on the back of my running vest to warn those behind me to stay clear). I have been using this method for anything over 8 miles in my training and hope that I can achieve a constant 10min : 45sec mile. My feet still hurt on the longer runs but this method makes it easier. No doubt that we Sub 5hr runners will meet up along the way. I'll look forward to that. The very best of luck to all of you. Fred -the-Vet (Age 64).