It's a huge jump! I have no idea whether it's achievable right now, I need to get a few months of solid training under my belt and review at Christmas. I have never really focussed on achieving a specific time before so we'll see! To be honest at this stage I don't actually much care whether I can do it or not - training to try and do it will give my training some much needed focus!
After 1 too many glasses of wine I rose to the challenge set by my 53 year old Dad to do another marathon in 2005. I am returning to running after having had a year or so off after having a baby and my Dad is returning to the streets after 15 years and a bad knee injury which seems to have at last gone - he can manage 50mins on the treadmill sans pain. Doing the marathon might not be the challenge -the time he wants us to do is though - 3hrs 15 - I have never run faster than 8 min/miles ever! I think c.3hr45 would be a realsitic target for me. He however is a veteran of several sub 1hr30 halfs and only didn't manage better than 3hr30 for the full 26.2m due to colds, flu, injury etc, despite 6 or 7 attempts, so barring knee problems he might be okay. Anyway, I need a very exciting marathon to look forward to - any thoughts on a good one? I did Berlin 2 years ago so that's out. NY's an obvious one. Any marathons somewhere sunny? (but not too warm!) As for the achievableness or otherwise of the challenge, I joined a running club last week, intend on concentrating on speed over shorter distances this year, a couple of halfs and cross country over the winter then following a RW marathon schedule to the letter next year - wish me luck!
Found out me local club does XC (see how quickly I pick up the lingo!), despite being called Elmbridge road runners. I'm going along tomorrow night. Had always been put off by the club's membership which seems to consist entirely of very beardy men :) Appears from their web site there are a few lassies though, so I'll go along!