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Hey one and all, a little about me, I did a lot of sports growing up and into my young adult life but a serious ankle fracture put paid to all that and lazyness did the rest. So after 4 years of faffing around avoiding any form of regular training other than trying to increase my alcohol tolerance and waist line (both of which I found I'm good at) I decided to enter the Berlin Marathan when the entries opened up at the back end of the year. Some drunken conversation down the pub was to blame.
Thinking nothing more of it over Xmas and the likes I decided to drag my self out the door in early January (not a new years resolution it was a way of saving money) I figured I would be ok to also enter the Manchester Marathon which is at the end of April, I based this purely on running one 6 mile run and realising that I had the 16 weeks (just) to follow the beginners programme on the site for the race.
Probably a little bit crazy but then that's just me, I've followed every single session so far but missed 2 in total (never the long run) qand training seems to be going well! Although I have to say the programme is working very well it seems insane to me to be running a half marathon in week 7! it's working so I'm not complaining by the way.
So yeah why am I rambling, just to give you a little bit of background about me, and to also seek your advice. I think I'm doing ok, I'm running with a pace watch and a heart rate monitor, I'm pretty clued up on heart rate training but no idea what sort of paces I should be doing various training/races and distances at etc. I would like to break 4 hours for the marathon and I feel I'm on target for this. I did my first ever race at the weekend which was the great north west half marathon and it was so fun to run with other people. I think it helped that it was very flat too I did 1.41.27 as my chip time, that's about 7.47 minutes per mile. Does this mean all other things being equal I should break 4 hours for a marathon? My long runs have been on average about 8.35/8.40 per mile and they get hard towards the end. Infact most of my runs have been at this pace to be honest with the occasional time I've felt good and done nearer 8 minute miles on the 5/6 mile runs.
So hi to the forum! anyone doing the Manchester Marathon or lives in the Quays area and wants to do long runs with me on Saturday mornings at about the pace I've mentioned? also any advice welcome, I've never been a runner and I'm not sure I will continue to do marathons after these but my targets are to lose weight (maybe 11kg in a year?) complete a marathon in under 4 hours and just be healthier all around.
I'm 31 and currently 106kg to give you an idea from where I'm starting