2012 Sub-3:00 Marathon Goal Thread (Read 6873 times)

Doug-


    This looks like a great group of folks--- I'll join the conversation, looking to better 2:53 at Boston.

    ~Doug

      delete wrong thread

        Hey Dirk, you might wanna put your post in the 2011 thread. Smile  (I got your result in there already.)

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

          Let's try a sub 2:45:00 in Zurich Marathon of Barcelona 25MARCH2012 http://www.zurichmaratobarcelona.es/

            Baystate 2012  <2:35

             

            Second verse, same as the first...

            Goals for 2013: sub 18 5K; stay healthy

              My attempt at a sub 3 at Napa in March is looking less likely.  My recovery from an achilles injury is going VERY slowly.  I've done a total of three runs since my marathon over 5 weeks ago, but I have been able to supplement with a stationary bike and most recently pool running.  I was a bit too aggressive on the bike, and that slowed my healing.  I'm hoping some water training will work better.

               

              The achilles is fine while I run, but the next day is pretty sore in the morning.  I suspect I could train through it, but I'd likely destroy my body in a couple of years.  I'd rather let it fully heal now so I can enjoy a long future of running, even if it's more recreational and less competitive.

              DoppleBock


                I am out - I am running Houston - I have had a major shift in life - Maybe mid-life crisis, maybe gaining a shred of common sense.  I have given up way too much the last 8 years in a relentless pursuit of running.  Some of the sacrifice good, some not good.  In the past I would  read all the time of people unwilling to run more than x miles or cannot do more than x miles a week and thought many of those people were weak.  Now I realize they are just wise.  I think I have spent a reasonable amount of quality time with my kids during this time, maybe the activites were not as diverse or active as I am tired from running.  My time with my wife has suffered.  My volunteering for church has been solid.  My time I have available for friends has been weak.  My time I have available for things I love to do other than running - Non existent.

                 

                I may have went overboard in my reversal of activites.  In the last 8 weeks, I have not matched up my calorie intake well with my activity output and have gained 25#.  I think I have this well balanced currently.  I will ramp back up to 50-60 miles per week average running (1/2 previous) and embrace all the loved activites I have ignroed for 8 years.

                 

                I have started to play racketball and volleyball again - Theses types of activites bring me joy.  Near future will be downhill skiing, weight lifting, snow shoeing, cross country skate skiing.  I am almost giddy at the thought of these fun activites.  Why do I need to run at all?  Weight control, fitness and ... I am an aerobic animal - this needs to be fed.  Eventually I hope to be able to take joy out of running much fewer miles per week, right now it feels half-ass and unsatisfying.

                 

                I hope by Spring (May-June) to find a way with 50-60 MPW to break 3 hours in a marathon.  I look forward to do 50k-100 milers for fun as a mid-packer.

                 

                This has been coming for 2-3 years.  June 2009 FANS24 race of 147 miles ... if I had not made the US 24 hour team - I would have started then.  The acitvities I love are numerous and diverse - I let running become a mean spirited task master for too long.

                 

                I am only looking at threads or forums every week or so - But I do check my messages about every other day - If you want to get my attention, go running with me or drink a beer with me -  drop me a line. 

                 

                Have a great 2012

                http://a-big-horse.blogspot.com/ 

                2013 Goals ~ Mar < 3:00, 5M < 29, 10k < 35  

                 

                  DB - enjoy the downtime.  I have no doubt you will still be pulling off a sub 3:00 this year.  Hope to see you at IAT 50 this year too!

                    I was hoping to get sub 3 in 2011.  However, I was undertrained for both attempts (Boston, CIM).

                     

                    I ended up not really going for it.  Well, for CIM, I still held out a slim hope that there might still be a chance after running a 1:31 1st half, knowing the 2nd half would be easier.

                     

                    I ended up getting 3:02 in both cases.

                     

                    I signed up for Napa Valley Marathon in Mar and will try to achieve my sub 3 goal.

                      I was hoping to get sub 3 in 2011.  However, I was undertrained for both attempts (Boston, CIM).

                       

                      I ended up not really going for it.  Well, for CIM, I still held out a slim hope that there might still be a chance after running a 1:31 1st half, knowing the 2nd half would be easier.

                       

                      I ended up getting 3:02 in both cases.

                       

                      I signed up for Napa Valley Marathon in Mar and will try to achieve my sub 3 goal.

                       Nice!  Two minutes should be a piece of cake next year. 

                        Oh, good grief! If I can sort things out with my dumb leg I plan to go at it again in the fall, probably in NYC. Otherwise you might as well count me in for the 2013 sub 3 thread.

                         

                        MTA: Thanks Clive.

                         

                        This morning I got my reminder that registration for NYC opens on Jan 2. I think I'm going to pass and forfeit my guaranteed entry. I'm just not feeling the love for the $266 registration fee, all the logistics, and pinning a firm date on this fall's (hopeful) sub 3 attempt yet.

                         

                        Right now the plan is to run Boston as a glorified training run (sub 3:30), see how I'm feeling, and take it from there. Last winter I believe I peaked 4 weeks before Boston. I'd like to keep as much flexibility as possible and run a course that suits me when I'm ready to attempt a sub 3 or at least BQ. Right now I can't know when that will be so just put me down as Fall/TBD.

                          This morning I got my reminder that registration for NYC opens on Jan 2. I think I'm going to pass and forfeit my guaranteed entry. I'm just not feeling the love for the $266 registration fee, all the logistics, and pinning a firm date on this fall's (hopeful) sub 3 attempt yet.

                           

                           

                          Holy cow.  $266 to register???  Well, that answers my question about whether my wife and I will run NY with our guaranteed entries. 

                            This morning I got my reminder that registration for NYC opens on Jan 2. I think I'm going to pass and forfeit my guaranteed entry. I'm just not feeling the love for the $266 registration fee, all the logistics, and pinning a firm date on this fall's (hopeful) sub 3 attempt yet.

                             

                            Right now the plan is to run Boston as a glorified training run (sub 3:30), see how I'm feeling, and take it from there. Last winter I believe I peaked 4 weeks before Boston. I'd like to keep as much flexibility as possible and run a course that suits me when I'm ready to attempt a sub 3 or at least BQ. Right now I can't know when that will be so just put me down as Fall/TBD.

                             

                            I am thinking about doing NYC as a training run before CIM next year.  I know it is expensive but I want to do it once.  Kind of a thing on my list.

                             

                            But NYC is probably not the best race to go sub-3.  The bridges are probably not much fun to cross.

                              With only about 9 weeks remaining, I really would like to increase the intensity of my training.

                               

                              However, it seems like I haven't recovered from CIM completely.  My legs feel very tired lately, particularly after last Sat's multi-threshold runs and fartlek LR.

                               

                              I was planning to do a double today but it looks like I have to bag it due to my really tired legs.


                              I'm back!

                                Please strike me for Houston.

                                 

                                I'll still run it, but it will just be a training run for Boston. No way am I in sub-3 shape now. I can't complain -- what do I expect when I throw in a 100 miler during my training window?