Posted: 06/03/2015 at 12:00
Phil - Congratulations on a decent PB - which sounds like you are WELL IN for 2016. Sounds like you are progressing nicely towards the sub3 - I am also knocking on that door as well with my Abingdon 2014 time. I have a lot of good training in the legs for this Boston campaign but maybe a little light on the out'n'out speed stuff. I haven't raced since Abo apart from some sluggish XCs so I have no idea what kind of form I'm in. Will know soon enough, if I get a decent blast at North London half, it'll give me a realistic target to aim at in Boston.
If your gold target is a sub3 in Brighton, a good Silver target would be a 3:04:59 - that would enable you to sign up quite early on in the process. Give you a slight head start on hotels/flights. Personally I took the risk and booked my flight months before the entry opened. I had BQ+9:23 and felt this was enough. I wanted a certain direct flight there and back - bleedin' thing cost me 650 quid! Good Luck in Brighton!
SteveCRunner - if it were me regarding the 6 (calendar) months thing, I'd want some reassurance. I wouldn't have thought it'd be a problem but I guess something in writing from some official body saying the 6 months rule is a guide.
Stephen Malcolm - nice budgeting
Just had a 4 day block of training 50 miles in total - couple of a 11 milers (one easy one steady) a track session of 4 x 1600s at (as fast as I can bloody go) 5k (i suppose) pace, some shorter "recovery" runs and 8 miles of supposedly tempo this morning, but my legs weren't really up for it as it's day 4, so more like steady. Semi long planned for Sunday and then a 3 day break before I try to condition myself for a half next weekend. Are we nearly there yet?