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Rich.H

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Help on marathon choice
« on: November 14, 2014 »

So today I managed my first non stop 10k run, I was not trying to set records and simply wanted to push myself at a pace I could maintain throughout and not quit. So I timed the run and got 1h03m for 10.7k. Now I know with more training I could push that below and hour in a couple of weeks tops but wanting to look further ahead for something that will require me to see just how deep I can dig, I wondered what about actually trying a city road marathon.

The only two that really could hold my interest enough to pound out tarmac for that distance is either Belfast or Derry. I am just wondering though is it a realistic expectation to get trained well enough to aim for something like sub 4.5 hours between now and May?
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Re: Help on marathon choice
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2014 »

The first marathon I ran was in 1996 when I was 23, I started training in October 95 and did the Belfast marathon in May in 3 hours, 32 mins. I was doing citcuit training 2 nights a week and running a couple of other times and gradually stepped it up till I was running home from circuit training (8 miles) those 2 nights and increasing runs 3 other times a week from 11 to 14 to 18 miles and did up to 21 a couple of times a few weeks before the marathon. I would say 4.5 hours is easily achieveable if you put your mind to it. Its less than 6mph average, walking at a decent pace is over 4mph.
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Re: Help on marathon choice
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2014 »

Go for Dublin Marathon! It has it all: good buzz, no hills... Best of all as you suffer in the 21st mile there's no Belfast Street Kid saying "HERE MISTER... YOU'RE SHIT"
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Re: Help on marathon choice
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2014 »

Go for it Rich, I've signed up for the Berlin Marathon in September and I might do a very slow Belfast one as preparation (maybe a mourne way & Derry too!), you're 10k time is similar to mine but I don't know what time to aim for  ??? I think i'll make that decision about 2 months beforehand, of course i'll probably get another injury by then anyway  ;D (bad back and 2 dodgey knees at the moment  >:( )
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