A bit traumatised asking this question as everyone seems so fast...
i have only done one marathon the VLM in 5.42.... I did have to wait for the loo for 15 mins but my hips gave out at about mile 14 and I had to shuffle round . I had previously run 20 miles in 3..30 hours and so thought under 5 was a possibility. I have also done a number of halfs, all around the 2.30 mark and my 10k pb is a measly 1.06. I have had to cancel a number of races including the Brighton Marathon this year and all my spring halfs because of an operation on my knee but now that I am back to building up my running almost as a beginner so how do I build myself up so that I no longer run at snails pace?
I find that whether I am felling great or terrible as I go round I always end up with the same time and also I seem to be desperately slow. I do suffer from asthma and so whilst I CAN do a 10min mile I can't keep it up for much longer than 2 miles.......what can I do? Or do I just have to accept that I am slow...I was a sprinter at school and am coming up for 53 so I'm no spring chicken!
I am sitting here, having not run since the Jubilee weekend and just under 4 weeks post arthroscopy,( oh and about a stone over weight but that is by the by). I have been surprised at how slowly everything is going. I have just cancelled all my spring half marathons and am glad that I have postponed my VLM 2013 . Personally I'd take it very slowly. I had my first Physio today and was told that these things take time. I'd take it slowly and aim for Amsterdam (!) . Some friends did it last year and loved it.At least you will know that you are removed and won't put yourself back and end up being out for longer