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PCP




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:02 pm    Post subject: Autumn marathon Reply with quote

I'm thinking of doing Chester Marathon in October. 10 weeks away, just had a weeks rest after IMUK and I'm in Spain for 15 days in Sept then have 10 days before the race when I get back.

I always run on holiday so it sounds like it could be some decent prep to me.

I ran all my LSD's at 8/mile in the lead up to IMUK and felt great. What is a realistic mara time if I get 10 solid weeks in?
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tommy060289




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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

biggest question is how well can you translate the distance to a higher effort.

Have you raced any shorter run distances? parkrun? 10k HM?

Any idea what your VO2 max is?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tommy060289 wrote:
biggest question is how well can you translate the distance to a higher effort.

Have you raced any shorter run distances? parkrun? 10k HM?

Any idea what your VO2 max is?


I'm going to do a Parkrun on Saturday and I've got a 10k in 5 weeks.
I've no idea what my Vo2 max is and not done any proper speedwork for a while.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't help on your pace, but done Chester a number of times and its a pretty good race the course could be more interesting, but its certainly pleasant. and a well organised race.

Oddly it always seems to get really good weather as well!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Masters champs this year as well, so will be a very strong field.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gingerbongo wrote:
Masters champs this year as well, so will be a very strong field.


That tempted me, but alas clashes with the missus running a 10k.

For the OP.

I have run a few marathons and I "know" when I am running under 7:30min/miles on a flatish run for at least 8 miles without much effort I am highly likely to go sub 3 on flat marathon course.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

YKK wrote:
gingerbongo wrote:
Masters champs this year as well, so will be a very strong field.


That tempted me, but alas clashes with the missus running a 10k.

For the OP.

I have run a few marathons and I "know" when I am running under 7:30min/miles on a flatish run for at least 8 miles without much effort I am highly likely to go sub 3 on flat marathon course.


You must have a lot of run miles in you to know your body like that after just 8 mile runs. My very easy 4-5 mile flat runs are coming in at 7:30's but there isn't anything too flat near me to get longer runs done on the flat.
I'd be astonished if I could get anywhere near 26.2 @ 7:30's but I'm not going to cap myself just in case I could go faster.

How many miles a week do people generally run in marathon training?
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tommy060289




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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've run 2:58 on 25-35 mpw and 2:50 on average 50 mpw (was swimming and cycling inversely proportional to the amount of time spent running.

Currently running 70 mpw hoping to crack 2:45

I guess my point is you can run the marathon on pretty much what ever you feel comfortable but what ever you don't drastically increase your run mileage unless you want to be injured.
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