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First marathon- is sub 3 hrs going to be possible?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:47
Agree with all of the expert comments above. You are more than capable of running sub3. I'd even guess sub 2.50 but you need to take the advice and train smarter.
I've scraped under 3 four times and would really struggle with that 19 mile run.
The majority of my long runs are around 8.30 pace and will occasionally put in a section of marathon paced work but not every week and a max of 14.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 21:03
I've finally managed to catch up.

Tricia, nice going on the Ultra PB.

Brixton, that's one hell of a training session. 8x10k with 45 mins rest. That's a great amount of milage in that time.

AWC, glad to hear you got back on the horse and completed a 26.2

Ramjet, sorry to read about the DNF. Hopefully it's nothing serious and you can sign up to something else as your training was going great.

Scott, speedy parkrunning.

Vicky, congrats on the PB.

I had a brief look over my training and was a good 200 miles down on last year's Spring plan due to 0 miles in December due to wedding / honeymoon / Christmas. So never expected to make the 2015 standard of fitness.
Have been keeping the legs ticking over this week. Has been incredibly hard work.
3 days of solid drinking isn't good for you.
Now sat here working on how to approach my summer and autumn races.

London ballot entry question

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 16:35
They will have to even out the numbers on the course so will have to pick an even number of people for each predicted time window. If you are in the 3.30 - 5hr range I'd also expect your chances to be lower.

Letting your training drift into the middle ground where you get no benefit

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 12:53
You can still do 2 hard sessions in the week and stay within the boundaries and base your ratios on milage rather than hard / easy days.
For example an interval session may total 10 miles of running but only 3 of those are hard.

Marathon - Value for Money

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 14:57
The Salisbury 54321 is the cheapest "all in" for me. It's walking distance to the start/ finish line for me so a total cost of 22 quid.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 22:06
I'm back, possibly just in spirit as the body is struggling. Since taking my running seriously my ability to drink has got a lot worse. Loads to catch up on in the morning but will say Well done to Tricia on the Highland Fling. 10 minute utra PBs are becoming a theme. Totally agree about the difference in the leg aches compared to a road race.
I'm off to bed to catch up on sleep.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 08:13
Funny you should say that Ha77. I have a place in the North Downs way 50 in 2.5 weeks. Will leave up until the week before to make a decision on whether to run. Even if I do, I won't be racing it.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 23:11
2 miles to go and I still wasn't sure how off / on course I was. I knew Brixton Runner would be there somewhere but as I pushed on it felt like I had tunnel vision. The knee pain and nausea had gone and I started to feel more positive. The legs still felt dead but the pace wasn't dropping, just not starting with a 6.xx. When I passed the 25 mile point I decided to check the pace band and according to the numbers I was exactly on target for a 3:00:00 finish but that was only if I could complete the last 1.2 miles at sub 6.52 pace (something that I hadn't managed since mile 14) so it was now or never. The fear of my time not starting with a 2 after getting this close managed to spur a little life back into the legs and from somewhere I managed to get my little legs turning over one last time. The watch said I was averaging a 6.30 pace for the last mile. Running on pure fear.
I hit the 400m to go sign with the watch ticking over 2:58 and realised that I had done it. I crossed the line with my Garmin saying 2:59:44. I've never had to push so hard in the last 5k of any of my previous 14 marathons. Was so delighted with my time , especially considering my 50 miler. A very successful Spring campaign.

Met up with friends and family outside the Red Lion and spent the rest of the day drinking lager.

I'm now packing my suitcase for the 3rd time in 7 days as am off to Lisbon for 3 days for a stag do. I'll enjoy a week of no running.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:45
As soon as they hit my already stressed stomach I started to feel very sick. The knee pain subsided but was considering stopping to vomit it all up. At mile 20 I was slowing slightly more and in the space of a mile was overtaken by all three 3hr pacers (including Philpub who I knew was going to pace a 2.59 finish)

My confused brain was struggling even more to work out the maths. As I saw it, if I carried on slowing at this rate I would probably cross the line in 3:00:xx which would be more frustrating than a 3:05. I knew my family would be on Blackfriras bridge so just concentrated on getting there in one piece. On passing them I did shout that I wouldn't get sub 3 and that I may be in a mood in the pub.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:36
Just before the starts merge I was overtaken by reg (Andrew g) had a very brief chat and I told him to push on. The next 10 miles went in a bit of a blur. All going to plan and the pace felt fine. Crossed halfway in 1:28:32 and started to think about the sub 3 being a real possibility. The major change came at the tunnel around 15 miles. I lost signal on my watch so couldn't check my pace and was overtaken by a chap from parkrun. As he glided past it felt like my legs were dying and was slowing dramatically. When the watch got back on track it wasn't as bad as feared. The legs weren't great but the last mile was still 7.00 so not a disaster.

As I made my way round the isle of dogs and towards Canary Wharf I started to wobble. I'd never felt anything quite like it. My lungs were fine, the heart rate (on feel) felt steady but there was just nothing in the legs. I just couldn't get them to get under the 7 min pace. The 50 miler 15 days before was starting to bite me on the backside. I was struggling to work out the maths in my head but felt that if I can stick around 7 min miles I may be there or there abouts.

That shirt hill going up into Canary Wharf felt like a mountain and this was where my left knee started to hurt. At first I thought it would be fine but then it started to get worse. At this time I decided to take a risk and break open the ibuprofen. Something I'd never advise but without taking this chance the race was over. The next mistake was that I had no water to wash them down.
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