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How many people on RW have managed to obtain a GFA time?
I am considering making this my goal for 2013, having previously ran several marathons with a best time todate of 3:38 @ FLM in 2009 whilst training for IMUK. As it was during IM training I did not run it flat out knowing that I had some more training that week.
I have however let myself deteriorate fitness wise since then and am a fair bit heavier (nearly 2.5 stone ).
I have been back in training for 10 weeks and have shifted over a stone and am back to 8:30 to 9:00 min miles for training runs.
To get to a GFA time of 3:15 I need to be down to 7:30 miles (but for 26 of them!) I have around Two stone I could lose and believe that losing this alone would probably put me in shape to have the potential to run a GFA time. The rest would then be down to hard work and committment
What I want to know is how hard is it to achieve, I appreciate that it means that you are good for age so its not going to be easy, but want a goal to train for. Is it more natural talent or can it be done on hardwork and training alone, even for a 44 yr old
I am doing Chester Marathon on 7 October as get round the course with a colleague from work and then doing Liverpool the week later for my own time as a benchmark to see where I need to target training although I know this is mainly weight loss, endurance and speedwork.
I am also considering joining a club so if anyone can recommend one that has marathon training in the South Liverpool to Warrington areas, even better.