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London next year: my first marathon. Advice on time please?

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 21:32

I've just got a club place in the 2015 VLM. My half PB is 1:42 but that was in 2013. In March I ran 1:52 having been given a free charity place at the last minute. But the furthest I've run since then is 9 miles so I need to build up the mileage and stamina quickly. Current parkrun time is usually around 23:45 to 24 minutes, last 10k was 49.

Assuming I can run the whole thing, maybe the magical 4:22?  Ideally I'd like to get under 4:15.  But it's a first marathon and I haven't done an autumn half and don't have a decent mileage base.

What your idea for a great race memento?

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 20:48

You don't want to hear this and it won't win me free entry, but I like a decent bespoke medal.

Not t-shirts because you have to worry about sizes. And they are generally a male shape and rubbish for ladies even if they are the right size.

Why are so few races on Saturdays ?

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 19:18

Saturdays would be better because public transport is much better- it's a joke how early some events start - long before any or most trains go anywhere near the venue.  But Sat is parkrun day and for that reason I prefer events on Sundays.  I worked Saturdays for a while so did occasionally have to take AL for events, but that's the case for a friend of mine who works Sundays as well.  Midweek evening events are great in the summer.

Bracknell Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 12:46

Thank you all

Bracknell Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 17:54

Has anyone got a Garmin or Strava route for this? I've not done it before and understand that it is rather lumpy so I'd like to know what I might be getting myself into before I enter  

Tadley Runners 10 Mile

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 21:16

I did it last year and yes I found it hilly.  Someone said that they thought it was easier than Salisbury though and I'd flown around that course and got a PB so I wondered if I was just unfit when I ran Tadley!  But I'd concur with Nic that the second half was almost continuously uphill.  Every time I turned a corner there seemed to be another hill.  However, I will do it again as I loved the memento, but couldn't get there this year.

I also agree about the Mortimer medal.  Reading RR sorted out a lovely medal for Shinfield this year so why not Mortimer?

Tadley Runners 10 Mile

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:42

Sorry I couldn't do this one in 2014 but hope to be back in 2015.

Rectal bleeding and running.

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 18:41

It's worth buying a small footstool.  If you rest your feet on it when you are going to the loo it takes a lot of pressure off and prevents straining. 

Dog Biting

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 14:07

The law has very recently changed on dangerous dogs - hopefully it will encourage a few more dog owners to keep their dogs under control.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29653486

Running tips from Steve Way :)

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 10:21

I agree RicF.  I totally agree that we can all get better with practice, but the level that we can reach will be totally dependent on genetics, not just in terms of talent but also if your body can stand the pounding.  Some people get injured a lot, others hardly ever pick up injuries.  Some of that will be down to being sensible and resting niggles etc but some people are just more resilient. Lots of people say on here "you can get a GFA if you train hard enough" - that just isn't true.  And I could train as hard as I like but I'd never reach the level of Jo Pavey or Emma Stepto (similar ages to me).

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