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Sub-3:30 Marathon in 2012 (Read 1502 times)


hairshirt knitter

    There have been a few folks posting recently who, like me, didn't run a 2011 marathon as fast as their shorter race times might predict. I'm sure there is also a whole raft of RA'ers who have been tickling the 3:30 barrier looking for a way through... let's compare notes and make 2012 the sub-3:30 year!

     

    This thread may be premature, but I'm certainly starting the plan the off-season and thinking about what I can achieve in the ice and snow of a Nova Scotian winter, aiming towards the Bluenose Marathon in May.

     

    I'm not really sure what's required to set up a long term thread like this, and if a more experienced poster would like to take over, or at least advise, please fire away...

     

    Who's in then?

      Gen

       

      This morning I had a 3:34:something.  My next marathon won't be until Boston.


      hairshirt knitter

        Congratulations on that. Did you qualify before the 2012 race sold out? I'm so far off a BQ, that it won't enter my thoughts for a very long time! My marathon previous best from 12 years ago was 3:20, and that still wouldn't get me in.

         

        I have a 10k on Nov. 5 which will probably be my last race of the season, and then I'll concentrate on base building. This year I have been referring to Daniels' Running Formula and Pfitzinger's Advanced Marathoning, but neither book, and none other that I have yet come across, covers planning for the off-season. There aren't any races held here between Nov. and March, so it's all going to be about base mileage and consistent running.

        MJBarry


        King of wishful thinking

          3:34 ! Mightily envious Big grin

           

          After last weeks 3:51 I have until 29th April next year to get myself mentally and physically in shape to go sub 3:30. Winter in the UK is cross country season which begins next Saturday. A winter of mud, hills and some good base mileage awaits................

           

          It would be nice to go sub 20 minutes for 5k in this period too.


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            I'm in! 3:35:49 this morning on poor training and a calf that balled up at mile 8.

            Liz

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            Consistently Slow

              I'm in. Follow thread to give everyone an idea of how many are interested.

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                I'm in for sub 3:15. Not running atm because of a foot injury - hopefully that'll be recovered in a couple of weeks then I'll pick a spring marathon to target.

                  The analogous Sub-3:00 thread has done fairly well.  (While I manage it for 2011, I take no credit for the idea!)  Would y'all be looking for something like that?

                   

                   

                  Oh, and I'm in for sub-3:30 in 2012.  Hopefully by a large margin, which would lop quite a bit off my 3:37 PR.

                  “Everything you need is already inside.” -- Bill Bowerman

                    Thanks x2. I qualified with my 3:39:40. At that time (Age 34) I needed a 3:40, but by the time Boston came around I was 35 and needed a 3:45.


                    hairshirt knitter

                      The analogous Sub-3:00 thread has done fairly well.  (While I manage it for 2011, I take no credit for the idea!)  Would y'all be looking for something like that?

                       

                       

                      Oh, and I'm in for sub-3:30 in 2012.  Hopefully by a large margin, which would lop quite a bit off my 3:37 PR.

                       

                      Yey, something like that thread but slower :-)

                      Julia1971


                        I’ll join in.

                         

                        Even though I ran sub-3:30 this year, I’ve had some recent layoffs that put a hurtin’ on my running – a surgery in August that pretty much put me out of commission for the month and a two-week vacation in September.  So, I’d be very happy with that time at Boston next year.  I'm thinking of also running the Marine Corps Marathon next year if I can get in.  But, I'm not excited about the idea of training for a marathon in the summer.

                         

                        Right now I’m base building with the idea of starting marathon training in early December.  My plan is to follow Pfitz 18/70-85.

                        You're too strong not to keep on keepin' on. - The Pips
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                          I'm in.  No marathon this year for me, but I'm thinking of maybe a spring 2012 marathon. My PR, set in 2010 is 3:37

                          2014 Goal: Run faster than 3:37:07 in the NYC Marathon

                            so what plan is everyone going to follow?


                            hairshirt knitter

                              My plan is likely to be a kind of hybrid of Pfitzinger's 18/55, which means starting in January for a May marathon. That could be impossible due to weather. What about you? Boston in April means starting a build up quite soon?!


                              hairshirt knitter

                                I’ll join in.

                                 

                                Even though I ran sub-3:30 this year, I’ve had some recent layoffs that put a hurtin’ on my running – a surgery in August that pretty much put me out of commission for the month and a two-week vacation in September.  So, I’d be very happy with that time at Boston next year.  I'm thinking of also running the Marine Corps Marathon next year if I can get in.  But, I'm not excited about the idea of training for a marathon in the summer.

                                 

                                Right now I’m base building with the idea of starting marathon training in early December.  My plan is to follow Pfitz 18/70-85.

                                 

                                That's a great marathon time, and the *right* way around compared with your other race PRs. There seem to be a lot of people who run slightly faster for a half, but are 10-20 min slower for the full. Is this down to total weekly mileage, I wonder? Were you following the 18/70-85 plan to run 3:27?

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