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).
Dont suppose the payment link would work if you have already donated your entry fee ? (Hope I'm right because I couldnt resist not going to the payment link. I think it told me that they dont have my details)
Hello fat buddha, dont believe for one minute thats you in the picture.
This is my second attempt at replying. Just lost all my text. Hope it wasnt sent to you.
Yes, I'm not used to longish distances and Yes, I'm 60 and a bus pass holder.
My G.P tells me this: If my feet hurt, then dont run, and if they dont hurt, then run.
He knows that I'm doing the VLM and I'm sure he would have made a comment ref my medication if he thought there was a problem. Some of the threads I've been reading are really scarey!
I like my 3 - 4 mile routes and I do them maybe 2 - 3 times each week.
Recently, I've been covering 11.5 miles at the weekends. I read somewhere that in you build up for the VLM, dont foreget the weekend long runs. I'm doing my own thing at the momement. I plan to begin a program after Christmas.
I have just enough stamina to do the 11.5 miler but have little or nothing left afterwards. I can do it in one, but last Sunday, I was over dressed and after a short while, I was wet through. Then later I began to get really cold. Hence me doing a jog and a walk. But I stay out for 2 hrs 15mins.
After 30 to 40 mins at 10/11 min miles my ''Tingling'' begins in the right foot and after a while, will travel up my leg. My runs are normally hilly. I made a mental note on my last 2 hilly runs to record what and where I was when the ''Tingling'' kicked in and when it (almost disappeared). When I came to a down hill part of the run, the ''Tingling'' began to ease. I have since had my feet measured at ''SweatShop'' and found that my right foot is size 9 and my left foot is in between 8 and 8.5. I now run in ''New Balance'' size 9 wide fitting and touch wood, have not had any ''Tingling''. since. I'll keep you posted on my future runs.