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I ran my first marathon last year. I ran 4 hours and 40 mins. I was aiming for 4 hours but I think that wishfull thinking for a few reasons.
1 - I competed in the maggies monster challenge 2 weeks before it. (which was a 31 mile cycle followed by a 47 mile walk 9all in 24 hours!
2 - I missed most long runs due to training walks that lasted 8-10 hours
3 - I had the cold 1week before and ended up on antibiotics for a sinus infection
4 - The Edinburgh marathon 2012 was the hottest day EVER! (hell on earth) so i ended up walking a few times.
I am running edinburgh marathon again this year and am about to start my training (this monday) and am keen to stick to it 100% for 16 weeks as I have no other events or distractions. I hope to loose at least 1.5 stone as I am a hefty 14 st at the moment and was at the marathon last year.
The question I has is this.......................can it be done? with the above in mind can I improve by 40 minutes? Ive been looking at various forums and could do with some encouragement.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have an opinion?