Goal of Sub-3 Hour Marathon (Read 15822 times)

    Ok, this is it. If running a sub-3 hour marathon is one of your major goals feel free to post your training here, ask questions, offer comments, articles, etc. Although this is primarily a thread for those trying to reach the goal, contributions from those who are already running at that level are welcome. We need all the help we can get! Immediately below I will start a “Hopefuls” list of those who expect to make a serious attempt sometime by the end of 2009. If you know the date, location, and name of next marathon attempt, let me know and I will include it next to your handle. Below the Hopefuls list will be a “Graduates” list for those who have broken through since joining the thread. _______________________________________________________________________________________ HOPEFULS:

     

    wayfool - 11/02/08 NYC, New York, NY

     

    tuscaloosarunner - 12/06/08 Memphis, Memphis TN

     

    JDF - 12/13/08 Thunder Road, Charlotte, NC

     

    pRED - 12/13/08 - Rocket City, Huntsville, AL   

     

    tooslow - 03/01/09 Gasparilla, Tampa, FL

     

    adeel - 03/15/09 Seoul, Korea 

     

    markb457 - 04/11/09 - Illinois Marathon, Champaign, IL

     

    DanMoriarity - 04/20/09 Boston, Boston, MA

     

    dnephin - 04/20/09 Boston, Boston, MA

     

    droadracer - 04/20/09 Boston, Boston, MA #3474

     

    ksrunr - 04/20/09 Boston, Boston, MA #4061

     

    Wet Bus Ticket - 04/20/09 Boston, Boston, MA # 4439

     

    Eddy - 04/26/09 London Marathon, London UK 

     

    v02maxed - 05/02/09 Rotorua Marathon, NZ

     

    Outee - 05/04/09 Belfast, Belfast, IRE  

     

    Buck919 - 06/21/09 Manitoba Marathon, Manitoba Canada

     

    ChakaKahn - 07/26/09 San Francisco, SF, CA

     

    noyau - 09/20/09 Berlin, Germany

     

    runnin-at-sixty - 10/03/09 St. George, St. George, UT

     

    JimHowe - 10/04/09 Cowtown, Sacramento, CA

     

    norrin_radd - 10/04/09 Cowtown, Sacramento, CA

     

    DLJ - 10/11/2009 Melbourne, Australia

     

    BoilerTom90 - 10/11/09 Chicago, Chicago, IL

     

    cdflash - 10/11/09 Chicago, Chicago, IL

     

    E_rainrun - 10/11/09 Chicago, Chicago, IL

     

    NeedACleverName - 10/11/2009 Chicago, Chicago, IL

     

    lankytoreador - 10/18/09 Amsterdam, Holland

     

    hubbardsw - 10/25/09 Marine Corps Marathon. Washington DC

     

    Iansyd - 11/01/09 Auckland Marathon, NZ

     

    norrin_radd - 12/06/09 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

     

    runmomx3 - 12/06/09 Cal International (CIM), Folsum, CA

     

    Dopple Bock - 02/07/10 Surf City, Huntington Beach, CA...Going for 2:45!

     

    Purdey - 04/18/10 Brighton Marathon, England

     

    roots - 04/19/10 Boston, Boston, MA

     

    Thomas12 - 04/24/10 Country Music, Nashville, TN

     

    el_jeffe - 05/02/10 Vancouver Marathon, Vancouver, CAN

     

    Geo Runner - 10/10/10 Chicago, Chicago, IL

    Age 60 plus best times: 5k 19:00, 10k 38:35, 10m 1:05:30, HM 1:24:09, 30k 2:04:33
      See Graduates List immediately below this table

       

       

       

      GRADUATES LIST:

       

      Dopple Bock
      - 10/11/08 Whistle Stop, Ashland WI - 2:58:40

       

      dacook - 10/19/08 Denver, Denver CO - 2:58:12

       

      Racon2r - 10/19/08 GMAA Marathon, VT - 2:53:25

       

      kencamet - 10/26/08 Silicon Valley, San Jose CA - 2:59:08

       

      daithiwk - 10/27/08 Dublin, IR - 2:58:35

       

      Dopple Bock - 11/02/08 Trails to Rails - 2:57:41

       

      kevinyoder - 11/29/08 Northern Central Trail Marathon, Sparks - 2:58:27

       

      kencamet - 12/07/08 Cal International (CIM), Folsum, CA - 2:55:36

       

      Thunder - 03/29/09 Knoxville Marathon, Knoxville, TN - 2:58:49

       

      dacook - 04/20/09 Boston - 2:57:33

       

      bhearn - 0420/09 Boston - 2:59:38

       

      dcv2002 - 04/20/09 Boston - 2:58:42

       

      mikeymike - 04/20/09 Boston - 2:54:53

       

      Dopple Bock - 05/17/09 Green Bay Marathon, Green Bay, Wi - 2:48:10

       

      sparky1 - 05/31/09 Calgary Marathon, Canada - 2:59:18

       

      johnmaas - 06/20/09 Grandma's, Duluth MN - 2:59:13

       

      Spinach - 07/26/09 San Francisco - 2:59:50

       

      Roth Runner - 09/20/09 Berlin - 2:56:37

       

      flatfooter - 10/04/09 Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI - 2:57:01

       

      flovesparko - 10/04/09 Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI - 2:55:55

       

      alan fletcher - 10/11/09 Chicago, Chicago, IL - 2:58:13

       

      Dakota RR - 10/11/09 Chicago, Chicago, IL - 2:58:00

       

      danworley - 10/11/09 Chicaog, Chicago, IL - 2:58:09

       

      dcv002 - 10/11/09 Chicago, Chicago, IL - 2:55:53

       

      kencamet - 10/25/09 Silicon Valley, San Jose CA - 2:59:32

       

      ChakaKahn- 12/05/09 Baton Rouge Marathon, Baton Rouge LA -2:56:33

      Age 60 plus best times: 5k 19:00, 10k 38:35, 10m 1:05:30, HM 1:24:09, 30k 2:04:33
        You can put me down as a 'hopeful'. And I do mean HOPEFUL. Train well, do everything right and you could still crash & burn. My original goal back in Dec 07 was to run Silicon Valley in <3.10. training="" has="" gone="" better="" than="" expected="" and="" i'm="" revising="" that="" to=""></3.10.><3.00 (biting="" my="" nails="" as="" i="" type="" this).="" so="" mark="" me="" down="" for="" a="" sub-3="" try="" on="" oct="" 26th="" in="" san="" jose.="" major="" benchmark="" races="" coming="" up:="" banana="" chase="" 5k="" on="" sept="" 14th="" -="" would="" like="" to="" be=""></3.00><19:00 sanhoser r$r 1/2 marathon on oct 5th - need to be around 1.25 sanhoser="" r$r="" 1/2="" marathon="" on="" oct="" 5th="" -="" need="" to="" be="" around="" 1.25=""></19:00 sanhoser r$r 1/2 marathon on oct 5th - need to be around 1.25 >
          Hi Jim, Okay I'll be the first to bite. The fact that there may be a new marathon in Santa Barbara in December 2009 has been sufficient to nudge me over the edge. If the Santa Barbara International Marathon doesn't happen then I may do the California International Marathon in Sacramento instead (also in December 2009). Either way I'd be aiming for sub-3 hours. I'm hoping to get my 1/2 time down to around 1.27 this year, and then under 1.25 next year so I don't think sub-3 is unrealistic in that time frame except for the fact I haven't run a marathon before. Two days to go to the Pier to Peak 1/2 marathon for me (4,000ft of elevation gain) - I'm looking to go sub-2 hours this year. Expect to see a race report sometime on Sunday. John
          Goal: Age grade over 80% on a certified course.
            You can put me down as a 'hopeful'. And I do mean HOPEFUL. Train well, do everything right and you could still crash & burn. My original goal back in Dec 07 was to run Silicon Valley in <3.10. training="" has="" gone="" better="" than="" expected="" and="" i'm="" revising="" that="" to=""></3.10.><3.00 (biting="" my="" nails="" as="" i="" type="" this).="" so="" mark="" me="" down="" for="" a="" sub-3="" try="" on="" oct="" 28th="" in="" san="" jose.="" major="" benchmark="" races="" coming="" up:="" banana="" chase="" 5k="" on="" sept="" 14th="" -="" would="" like="" to="" be=""></3.00><19:00 sanhoser="" r$r="" 1/2="" marathon="" on="" oct="" 8th="" -="" need="" to="" be="" around=""></19:00>
            Hey Ken, I don't thnk that "SanHoser R$R" was a typo. Wow! That is by far the highest entry fee I ever paid. I have to say it was worth it though. If you are a "hopeful" then I am "hope and a prayer"
            Age 60 plus best times: 5k 19:00, 10k 38:35, 10m 1:05:30, HM 1:24:09, 30k 2:04:33
              Hi Jim, Okay I'll be the first to bite. The fact that there may be a new marathon in Santa Barbara in December 2009 has been sufficient to nudge me over the edge. If the Santa Barbara International Marathon doesn't happen then I may do the California International Marathon in Sacramento instead (also in December 2009). Either way I'd be aiming for sub-3 hours. I'm hoping to get my 1/2 time down to around 1.27 this year, and then under 1.25 next year so I don't think sub-3 is unrealistic in that time frame except for the fact I haven't run a marathon before. Two days to go to the Pier to Peak 1/2 marathon for me (4,000ft of elevation gain) - I'm looking to go sub-2 hours this year. Expect to see a race report sometime on Sunday. John
              Hi John, You were good luck for me on the sub-40 thread but I'm afraid I'll be needin at least twice that much for this one. Good luck at Pier to Peak.
              Age 60 plus best times: 5k 19:00, 10k 38:35, 10m 1:05:30, HM 1:24:09, 30k 2:04:33
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                dunno if it's worth anything, but Daniel's equivalent performances pass my sniff test better than the others. The older you are, the less speed you need (in my personal opinion.) My formula, sim to McMillan's? is t2=t1*(d2/d1)^1.06


                Blaine Moore (MM#2867)

                  It took me 6 tries to go sub-3 for the first time. Let me tell you - it was a great feeling to look down at my watch at mile 19 and realize that I had to run a full minute over my goal pace in order to not make my goal - and I was still under or at the goal pace at that point.

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                  JDF


                  Non-Stroller-Still Crazy

                    Jim you just had to do it didn't you? I will be satisfied with a 3:10:59 for the BQ but I am ultimately going for a 2:59:59. I will run the City of Oaks(Raleigh) Marathon on 11/02/08. It is a tough course but I train on it all the time so hopefully I will do well. I did a nice 16 mile run in Umstead last week. We held it at about 7:45 until 13 miles. Then they cranked it down to 7:00 flat and I just could not hang. Oh well, there is always next week.
                      Hey Ken, I don't thnk that "SanHoser R$R" was a typo. Wow! That is by far the highest entry fee I ever paid. I have to say it was worth it though. If you are a "hopeful" then I am "hope and a prayer"
                      Yeah, $95 at the expo. Brutal.
                      vengeancewins


                        I'm thinking about trying to go sub 3 at NYC next year. It all depends on if I redshirt my freshman year of college or not. If I do redshirt and my coach allows me to I'll make an attempt.


                        Ham & Egger

                          I'm game. Doing Memphis (12/6/08)--getting some good training in. This is my first marathon, so we'll see. I'm hoping to be in 2:50 shape, but it's better to err on the side of caution.
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                            I am a "hopeful", Jim. I'm planning tentatively to run Rocket City Marathon 12/13/08. I ran here for my first M last year. It's tentative cause I'm currently in a slump and not sure if I'll be ready. And I want if things don't turn-around soon. *I need to find a spring marathon nearby. That's been a thought since it looks like I may not run Boston. Undecided I'd appreciate if anyone could suggest a fast one neighboring Tennessee (feb-april). *I believe Chicago would give me my best opportunity to run sub-3, but I no nothing about how to get into it since it's so large? Some info on that would be helpful. I would like to get this done in my second marathon. If not, three's a charm. I don't want to waste a chance, fall short and give up on it. So by end of '09 (better if'08), I want to see 2:5?:??!

                            Ricky

                            —our ability to perform up to our physiological potential in a race is determined by whether or not we truly psychologically believe that what we are attempting is realistic. Anton Krupicka

                              *I believe Chicago would give me my best opportunity to run sub-3, but I no nothing about how to get into it since it's so large? Some info on that would be helpful.
                              If you want to run it this year you can have my number Sad I might have a stress fracture in my foot and it's derailed my training. Even if it is not a fracture I probably won't be running at all till October Angry Sub 3 is a long term goal of mine, I'm not really close to it yet. Thought I might have a chance at a BQ in Chicago and sub 3 next year but that seems like it is out.
                              Son, when you participate in sporting events, it's not whether you win or lose; it's how drunk you get. -- Homer Simpson
                                Hey, so far we got two possible CIM tries (Jim and Norrin). I'll also be running the CIM. I've never run it but I've heard it is one of THE fast (downhill, not out&back) marathon courses out there.