PBs since age 60: 5k- 24:36, 10k - 47:17. Half Marathon- 1:42:41.
10 miles (unofficial) 1:16:44.
Old age is when you move from illegal to prescribed drugs.
Prince of Fatness
"Today I broke my record for most consecutive days lived!"
Nature is unable to make a really first-class job of anything if she is hustled...
Halifax Bluenose HM May 2014
Toronto Waterfront HM October 2014
Talking about speed work - today I got to my boot camp early and ran 1 1/2 miles to warm up. When I ran by the instructor at the end, she said, "Teresa!" with an exclamation point. I thought she was going to say, "Great job for getting here early and doing extra!" Ha! What she actually said was, "Wow, we need to get you moving quicker!" She said it a couple of times in different ways. Sigh. Took me right back to 7th grade gym class when I couldn't do the uneven bars!
There is a class starting up that will meet once a week at a local track to do speedwork. I'm thinking about doing it, if I can just get over the embarrassment part! I am REALLY slow, even though I've been running 2 1/2 years now. The thought of doing 100-meter sprints in front of other people is rather terrifying.
I think I need to have more confidence earlier in the race; to take more risks. I have worked out that I need to be at 10 miles in about 74 minutes to do a 1:38- this is a VERY intimidating target!
I've got a good friend beat at the short distances--5 and 10k, and so far she's edged me out in the half and 26.2. Well, at my last half I finally did it--I got her 1:51 PR by about a half a minute. Unfortunately, since I'm so late to the marathon party, I know it'll be a while til I catch up to her BQ--she's run five or six and I just ran my first this spring.
All that to say that some of us are also faster at certain distances, too. I know it'll be hard for me to learn how to truly race the marathon from the gun, to know what pace I can safely sustain without risking everything. I suppose it's why balanced training is important.
It's good to have these challenges in our running. Keep us updated, Simon.
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Heb. 12:1b) Mile by Mile
Right on Hereford...
In October 2007 I ran myfirst half marathon in 1:55. The son of a friend of mine had run the Scotiabank half a couple of weeks earlier in 1:53. This started a friendly rivalry. He is a very nice young guy, now 31 years old, very athletic, played professional lacrosse for 3 years after university, but about 6'2' and 210lbs, way too big for a distance runner. Anyway, next spring he ran Mississauga in 1:40x and I ran Toronto in 1:43, this year he did 1:41 and I ran the hilly Hartwell course in 1:43- he's always 2 minutes ahead, and I am sick of it!!! I am tired of being beaten by younger runners and I am determined not to let it happen this October, I am going to train harder than ever and leave him in the dust. I am going to drop him like a bad habit, then taunt and humiliate him! (This is my motivation to get back to training!)
Simon, you've got a great source of motivation there.
Looking at your log, I'd say you can easily run faster than 1:38 if you start putting in some consistent miles. Even when you ran 1:42, you weren't running a whole lot. That just means there is a ton of unrealized potential for you.
I'd suggest making a goal of running 150 miles a month between now and October. I know you can do it, because you ran 155 miles in March already. If you do this, and also do a tempo run every week, I would bet real money that you'd break 1:38.
To me the most important criteria in training for a half marathon are:
These are ranked in order of importance.