Woohoo!! My Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 "Good for Age" entry has been accepted. Providing everything goes to plan, I WILL be running the VLM next year.
Seven years ago Steve Way weighed 16 1/2 stone and had high-blood pressure, a 20-a-day habit and an addiction to takeaways and chocolate. So, like many other people, he began running to get fit. Only he didn’t stop. And 26,000 miles later – more than the circumference of the globe – and at the grand age of 40, he has been selected to run the marathon for England at next month’s Commonwealth Games.
— Meet Steve Way - England’s unlikeliest athlete for the Commonwealth Games | Sport | The Observer
This is an incredible sofa-to-world-class-athlete story we all dream of.
Mo Farah will have to come from behind if he is to win on his debut in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday after electing to run in a second group that will be paced to reach the halfway point 30 seconds behind the lead group.
— Mo Farah to run in slower group in London Marathon - Telegraph
This is going to make for one very exciting and interesting race on Sunday.
Earlier this year I took my first stab at a sub-3 hour marathon at the Milton Keynes marathon and completely misjudged things and in retrospect probably my abilities at the time, and completely blew it. On Sunday I took another stab at that elusive sub-3 marathon mark in my third ever marathon, the Abingdon Marathon, and smashed it out of the ballpark.
Following my disappointing run at the Milton Keynes marathon I decided I was going to create a properly structured training programme that would guide me to a great marathon time. After a little bit of research and reading I stumbled upon Marathoning The Hansons' Way. Intrigued by this approach and the relative simplicity (compared to The Daniels Runner Formula), I purchased their book - Hansons Marathon Method - in Kindle format, read it, and devised my four month training programme. This ended up being a great programme which I'll cover that in another post.
This is the big day I've been training for: the Abingdon Marathon. It has just tipped it down, so let's hope that's it until I'm done.
Well folks, today just wasn't my day. Didn't get even close to sub-3 hours, let alone the 2:55 I had in mind. I was well on target until just before half-way when my right knee said "Sorry boyks, no 2:55 for you today". Then with about 5km to go my calves very loudly told me "You can write off the sub-3:15 too". In the end I hobbled round the stadium (it was quite embarrassing) and across the line in 124th place and a disappointing 3:22:50. So it looks like no London 2014 for me. All is not bad though, it's a PB by a whopping 49 minutes.
Update: 3:22:50 is my gun time. Chip time and ergo new PB is 3:22:40. Those 10 seconds count
Oh look at that, the sun is shining. Think I'll pop out for a marathon.
So I'm just short of two weeks from my first marathon in over 14 years and I'm wondering how fast I can and should run it.
I've only ever run one marathon, the one I needed to do one to gain entry into Two Oceans marathon, and it was a terrible performance in which I got caught up with the half marathon runners that started at the same time and I crashed and burned just past half way. I finished, but not in a time worthy of screaming from the rooftops... 4:11 which is terrible when you consider my beautifully paced Two Oceans (56km) time of 4:48.
Since then, I've not raced anything further than 32km since, so I really don't have any recent marathon efforts to go on and thus I have to base my predictions on my performances over shorter distances.
Woohoo!!! My postal entry into the Abingdon Marathon on 20 Oct 2013 has been accepted. I am now running one of the fastest marathons in the UK. I'm very chuffed as this is a very popular marathon and the online entry has already closed. I can now do all four of the races for the Berkshire Champs. I don't expect to win the Berkshire Champs, but running all four races will certainly see me fair quite well.