Tom – sub 3 should be a doddle. I ran my first marathon in just under 2:51 off similar half marathon times, so a 2:45 isn’t necessarily a given, but don’t see why that can’t be a realistic aim if you prepare right.
TT – have you got yours into a rugby club yet? If not, can I put a good word in for Redingensians, where my kids play? Can’t have him going to the rivals.
A standard marathon build up mishap from selbs there.
Great report RJ, though having read your blog some of it seemed eerily familiar. It would be cracking to see another one on this thread graduate to the sub 2:20 club, really hope you can do it in the coming years.
Every year in London I go past loads of excellent club athletes who (obviously) ran quicker than me up to 22-25M, only to blow up hideously and become the walking, shuffling wounded.
Having been passed by Charlie at precisely this point in London, I can confirm that there is nothing more dispiriting than being overtaken at impressive speed by a small bearded man vertically oscillating his way towards the finish line.
Indeed I am Scotch. I shall be at Winchester tomorrow, though I'm not expecting to have a scorching race.
Will you be getting involved in some of the later races? I like it when the Southampton guys turn up with one white and one red arm-warmer. I always wonder if they buy them like that as club kit, or have to buy two pairs of different colours, and then share them between two guys. This is the kind of thing I think about whilst running around inevitably behind them.
I'm with Dean on this. I wouldn't be running any more than twice a week if I didn't feel I was getting rewards from racing in terms of decent times and decent positions. Races are why I run. The only reason I ever started running more than once a week was because I broke 40 minutes for 10K and wanted to see what would happen if I actually trained. I'm not winning world medals like Dean, but I can at least feel like a big shot in a village race and get to shake hands with the local Rotary Club president.
The motivation to keep going once I start getting slower might be a little stronger now, simply because running is part of my routine, and how I get to work, and I've made an awful lot of running friends through the club. But it does seem likely that there will come a point where the times I'm running are no longer acceptable to me and I stop and go and do lawn bowls or something instead. That's fine by me.