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I didn't get into London this year like most people! So I've signed up to Manchester instead with the best case target and training geared towards a GFA time of 3:05
I did my first Marathon in April and it Paris, with a time of 3:29. My training was not ideal and I had to contend with ITB injuries and a foot injury. On the day I felt like I was on for a 3:15 - 3:20 but sufferred cramp at mile 17.
I feel like I can learn from that experience and train more wisely and with the benefit of experience having trained for and completed a marathon.
Just before Paris I got my 5k down to 19:06, my 10k time was bang on 40m and my HM time was 1:33.
I have improved since Paris with an 18:42 5k time (which, if I'm honest, I think I can improve on as I wasn't feeling 100%), I did a HM 2 weeks ago in 1:27 and a 10m last week in 1:05.
My current plan is the keep the mileage manageable from now until January and concentrate on the XC season and a 10k race in November where I am hoping to go under 39m and a 5m on Boxing day where the ultimate target is under 30m (current PB 30:55). So speed work for now and then January start increasing them miles with a target of 1:25 for February HM and 2:20 for March 20m race.
If at any point I feel like my training isn't producing the results that I would need for a 3:05, I'll re-adjust my targets to 3:10 (Boston) or just beating my Paris time and running the best race I can.
My question is, is this a realistic target for me?
If I get a 1:25 in Feb, would this be considered a good time leading up to a 3:05 Marathon time? Likewise if I get the 1:25 and then the 2:20?
I've been running well the latter part of 2016 after a rest and recovery period (injury to ITB) so I'm buzzing for next year having achieved 3 PB's and 3 distances in the last month. But I don't want to get ahead of myself and set myself up for failure.
Any advise appreciated.