Sub 5 hours



  • There are no pacers at Edinburgh. It was FLM I was lookin for them. Next marathon is FLM this year. I can quite easily do 11 min miles for my 20 mile run in training. I just don't know what goes wrong in races. I'm quite confident that I can do sub-5 this year. For a start I aim to be 3 stone lighter than I was at last year's race.
  • all i have to do is not walk
    thats all
    Hippo - you make it sound so simple!

    Pix - if we were sane we wouldn't be doing this, everyone thinks I'm mad - utterly, totally, completely -

    maz - that's a hell of a secret weapon, losing 3 stone. You'll do it easy then.
  • Shades
    it IS simple

    if i can do what i did at Cardiff, and keep on going, ill break sub 5
  • Hi guys mind if I join in?

    Have applied for FLM which will be my first marathon so fingers crossed. Up till now only done shorter races with 10ks end of this year, and will be doing a couple of 10M Jan/Feb, first 1/2M end of Feb and a 20M in March.

    I was hoping for a sub 5 hour Marathon but having read the thread maybe this is a bit ambitious for a first timer?

    Pixie any chance you could email me that training programme aswell please? Cheers
  • PIx can you mail me that 4.45 programme too please?
  • Hi Fraggle. What's your marathon time at the moment?
  • not done one yet! flm will be my first! was aiming for sub5, and in my wildest dreams sub4.30
  • Yes it will be my first aswell - that's if I get a place (fingers crossed) Anything under 5 will be great but really will be happy just to finish it.

  • NessieNessie ✭✭✭
    Ooh, just noticed your angel really is singing, SA. How sweet.

    5 hours is realistic for a first marathon if you can get the training right. That's always been my problem - I just haven't managed to get a full 6 months of consistent training since I started running.

    Of course, natural talent is a bonus, and I don't have much of that either :o)
  • but you will now, wont you Nessie
  • debbodebbo ✭✭✭
    Marathon Maz - I'm aiming for 4.48 too. I did Edinburgh this year in 5.24 and Loch Ness in 4.58.

    I am going to stick to a plan similar to Nessie's - BT runs and longer BT runs at the weekend until January then maybe try to do some speedy stuff (but no mad 16x400 reps!!) and a couple of halfs.

    Jane - there is a 20 mile race in Dunbar in May I think (pre-Edinburgh) but I think there is a cut-off. I looked at it this year but decided I was too slow.
  • NessieNessie ✭✭✭

    PBs all the way for me now.

  • Hippo prods thigh experimentally

    spose i should get this seen to really
  • At the risk of sounding really thick - what is a BT run please?
  • Hi singing angel
    It stands for base training

    runing aerobically at low heart rates
    there s a huge thread on it i Training

    Jane, Debbo, Shades and i are fans
  • Oh right I don't train with a HRM I guess you would need one for this? I will take a look at the thread thanks
  • well yes you would need a HRM
    But i dont wear mine all the time

    er, its a VERY big thread
  • Could you count me into this sub 5hrs marathon attempt? I have only done one marathon - Edinburgh last summer 5h 17mins but didn't do any speed trainig at all(regretted it) and think I could go a little faster(only relatively!)
  • thats a great time for a first mara waffle
    specially e burgh!
  • Welcome Waffle and Singing Angel.

    Waffle 5.17 for a first marathon for a hilly course like Edinburgh is pretty good.
  • COunt me in as well for the 'sub-5' quest. Only dont one before, in 5hrs 55, but it was 93 degrees which meant the wheels came off completely at about 19 miles.

    In fact i have 3 aims next year - a sub 1hr 10k, a 2.15 half, and a sub 5 full (prob Washington DC Mara, Oct 31st 05).

    Have been chipping minutes off here and there (current half 2.27, 10k 1.06), but know i can push that bit harder to try and get there...
    Hippo - I can't wait to see you next week in Dublin, I want a mile by mile account of your stunning PB.

    Your thigh - quad or hamstring problem? I know you hate not running, but you could try a full 3 day course of ibuprofen and NO running just gentle stretches, then back running starting with 2 miles, rest day, then 3 miles, rest day etc.

    Welcome Tinks - 93 degrees, I'm not suprised the wheels came off, well done for finishing in those conditions.
  • Thanks Shades.

    I was disapointed with my time, until i heard the final race reports...900 didnt finish, 300 went to hospital with dehydration/heat related problems and i came in the top half of finishers, even with that time! lol
  • Hi Tinks, which marathon did you run in, 93 degrees is even to hot for me to walk in never mind run.

    Another hour of BT this morning, with a 15 mins of effort keeping HR at the higher range of 120-125. Thats is until my half in Amsterdam, no doubt plenty of walking tomorrow and Saturday seeing the sights. Wonder if its raining there as well.
  • Good luck in Amsterdam Jane.
  • Jane, I ran LA this March. I used to live there, but that heat for March 7th is a bit unusual to say the least! Shame is it was fairly cool the week of the marathon, then bang - the weekend it just rocketed.

    I hope its not raining in Amsterdam too - have dont very little trainign this week as have rested (ie been lazy) after the GSR on Sunday...
  • Tinks, been to LA a long time ago to visit Disneyland when the kids where young, we lived in Canada at the time so it was a long weekend type of holiday.

    See you in Amsterdam. Thanks MM.
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