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

    Eagerly awaiting the news of our Houston Marathoners.  Hope the race went for all of you.

    2014 Goals:

    Not destroy my back while running.

      Eagerly awaiting the news of our Houston Marathoners.  Hope the race went for all of you.

       

      Less than stellar. Tried to run in a shoe that just didn't have enough support. Great thru 10, then the legs told me that it was not going to happen. 20+ minute positive split. Oh well, still ran < 3:05. not bad for an old guy... 3:05.="" not="" bad="" for="" an="" old=""></ 3:05. not bad for an old guy...>

      And you can quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. Groucho Marx

       

      Rob


      I'm back!

        My Houston went well, given that it was just a training run for Boston. Paced for 3:10, kicked in the last mile for 3:09.


        Right on Hereford...

          Had an amazing race, considering my preparation. Training had been seriously subpar. As little as 8 weeks ago I was doing inconsistent stuff like running 13 miles in a week. I got a new pr due to the flat course, excellent conditions, smart running (1+ minute negative split), and good nutrition/hydration. After this race it feels like I can run a lot faster if I train better. My running buddy Shawna killed it with a 2:47, faster than a bunch of women in the trials the day before. Good stuff. Bob, did you run with the 3:10 pacers, Tony and Chris? They were my roommates in Houston! Dcv, good seeing you there. You ran a strong race.

            Nice running Houstoners!

             

            Nice to see a PR Dakota and as you say, it sounds like there's more to come - I'm guessing you are doing an Autumn marathon, especially after this!

              Great job everyone.  I know training in the winter can be tough especially for those of you up North like me.  Feeling good going into my marathon.  Just 7 more days.

              2014 Goals:

              Not destroy my back while running.

                Ouch. I ran a 2:55 the hard way. Tried for 2:46 knew right away that wasn't going to happen. So a slow steady increase in pace from 6:20s to 6:30s to 6:50s. Course and concrete beat my legs up. 5 minute positive split. Just missed a BQ-20 for 2013.
                DoppleBock


                  240#

                  Limited running last 10 weeks

                  No speed last 10 weeks

                  Lots of booze and bad food last 10 weeks

                   

                  Thought I would be between 3:20-3:30 at that weight and training load.  Stared with 3:30 group - Were I belonged.  Took 1:13 to reach start line and 1st mile was a congested 8:27.  I was really shocked at the poor water stop management of a lot of people - Grab your cup and come to a dead stop - Really people?  Legs were burning by mile #3 - I do not remember all those corners and little hills last time (2006 - 2:47). 

                   

                  Finally passed a 9 year old girl @ mile 8 that was going the 1/2 marathon (1:41:54) - She passsed me back, but then I took the tiny thin - Under 4 foot tall.

                   

                  Caught the 3:20 group @ mile 11 - Struggled to keep up - But then I decided I hate running in a pack - Hard to stride and relax - So I found myself in front of them after a water stop (Mile 15 or 16) then decided at 18 to stop being a wussy and ran as hard a I could - Finished the last 10K in 7:08 pace.

                   

                  Yes I suck - 3:15:35 - But I ran a pretty good race for the crappy shape I was in and ran hard - I like the way it hurts.

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

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

                   

                    Nice job to all kicking ass in Houston! 

                     

                    I think I see easily a <2:55 in DakotaRR's future and DCV settling a  score with 2:45 in Boston.

                      Good job RA Houston crew!

                       

                      I can see where one might have needed a more substantial shoe on this course.  I jogged the 1/2 marathon (running with family - we finished in 1:58:01) but it was concrete the entire way.  I ran in minimalist shoes I'm testing for Puma which was OK for the half but the marathon would have been a different story.  How's everyone recovering?

                        One week off for me. I'll probably gain ~10+ lbs from my weight last Thursday. Then I will probably jump into Pfitz 12-week for Boston. I will actually have 4 races before Boston instead of none before Houston to truly gauge where I am at.

                         

                        25k on 3/4

                        4 miler on 3/17

                        Half training run on 3/25

                        10k at 4/1

                         

                        I have a number that is a reach. Let's see if I can get there. First step is the 25k. I'd like to see if 6:10/mile is possible.

                         

                        I give my race in Houston a B-. Not quite a BQ-20, but if a 2:55 is a bad day that's a good thing.

                         

                        Houston pounds the crap out of your legs. Especially mile 20 in.


                        Was it all a dream?

                          Good job RA Houston crew!

                           

                          I can see where one might have needed a more substantial shoe on this course.  I jogged the 1/2 marathon (running with family - we finished in 1:58:01) but it was concrete the entire way.  I ran in minimalist shoes I'm testing for Puma which was OK for the half but the marathon would have been a different story.  How's everyone recovering?

                           

                          Yes, after seeing all the concrete on the course, I was glad to have switched to the HM.  Great day for a race though.  Also very cool to run on parts of the OTs course after spectating the day before.

                          I'm in the business of misery...

                            I wish I ran the half, could have run a big PR probably.

                            DoppleBock


                              Concrete - I never notices the concrete ?   

                               

                              Yes, after seeing all the concrete on the course, I was glad to have switched to the HM.  Great day for a race though.  Also very cool to run on parts of the OTs course after spectating the day before.

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

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

                               

                                Did you notice the badly ripped, grooved up road in Mile 23 going up a hill that was slippery with Gatorade. Or the gigantic opossum that was roadkill right after the mile 17 marker?