First Timer - Steve
Target: sub 4:00.
Marathon PB: This will be my first.
My strengths: I’m a very positive person – for me, the running drink is always half full. I’m also extremely determined and have a huge desire to succeed - I’ve just completed a first class honours degree in Law around my full-time job... so on to the next challenge!
My weaknesses: I’ll admit to not being the most organised of people so I have never followed a structured plan when training. But my main weakness is nutrition – I have always believed lager and grease to be two of the major food groups.
PB Hunter - Alex
Target: Sub 3 hours.
Marathon PB: 3.06.10 (London 2008).
My strengths: Dedication to my training and the determination to finally put all the pieces together to succeed this time!
My weaknesses: Giving myself a hard time when I don't do well and things don't go to plan.
Good for Age - Sarah
Target: Sub 3:35 ... a Boston Qualifier.
Marathon PB: 3:45:11.
My strengths: Hills (!) and my bloody-mindedness – I have an inability to give up!!
My weaknesses: 10ks for some reason. Although I do pick the hilly ones...
Busy Lifestyle - Melanie
Target: A sub 4.30, although to complete and enjoy the marathon would be my ultimate target.
Marathon PB: I haven’t completed a marathon yet. Although I did my first half marathon in November 2012 with a time of 2.06.
My Strengths: I’m stubborn and wont give up!
My weaknesses: I’m stubborn and wont give up!
On a Plateau - Adrian
Target: Under 3:30 would be a dream come true and a lifelong ambition.
Marathon PB: 3:44:29 (Boston Marathon, 2009).
My strengths: Focus, enthusiasm, will-power and the continuing desire to keep improving and succeed. Running gives me a feel good factor that I'm addicted to (imagine a dog with its head stuck out of a car window - that's me running!)
My weaknesses: Diet; namely real ale and a sweet tooth. I believe this is the root cause of my stagnant PB. Others may argue my lack of speed work in training could be the answer.