Posted: 19/10/2015 at 22:12
Kenno a 4.02 debut in the marathon is better than most. Don't be downhearted, I always will take only positives out of every race, even a negative moment can be a valuable lesson. You ran the distance, you scored a great debut result. You trained, you pushed through the pain barrier, you put a marker down. Take a few weeks rest (maybe have a couple of short mellow jogs to turn the legs over) then get out there and do some regular training to lay the foundation on which to build the Paris plan. We'll all be there mate!
Jimbo - you can take it forward and if you have the desire to, you will find a way to get the training in. I've moved my PBs on over the last few years in "small steps", but I've been able to go from one campaign to another. Spring - Autumn - Spring etc yes I feel bloody knackered, but having done this, I've been able to increase my mileage gradually, and the higher mileage has given me my best marathons. Chip Chip away, and don't get too greedy and pace a sensible marathon and that will bring more success. You just did that so well and it brought your best ever run, (not just on finish time) so do it again for Brighton. Target a 3.08 / 3.09. It's 4-5 more minutes to improve, achievable in one campaign with the right training, taper and race execution but not putting you under too much strain or pressure. You have to be careful, the marathon training will help you take chunks off your shorter races. Then you'll put those PBs into calculators and they will tell you , you are capable of a very fast marathon. (see the Macmillan calculator e.g) - in reality the calculators are a guide, but take your time, enjoy your journey to the sub3, you don't have to do it straight away! There's Boston Qualifying, BTW Congratulations on running your London 2017 GFA place.
aah cheers for saying Jokeyboy. Yes I've had some good races this year especially the halves and marathons. I try to enjoy myself. Actually I've just uploaded the data from the watch, and it appears I was enjoying myself a bit too much early on, as I didn't really worry too much about the mile times for the first half. By my standards I was a bit blasé with it all and when the second half came I put some urgency and focus into with some weird freak fast miles, like mile 20 in 6.21 and the last half mile at about 5.50. For me it's not a PB attempt every time now. I've marathon in 6 weeks and I'm not going for a PB there. I'll target one of my spring marathons as a goal race and have a good time trial during training and set a realistic goal based on fitness nearer the time.