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Good man for joining a club!
I used to compete against Dulwich in the Surrey League when I ran for Striders of Croydon and also in the Assembley League when I also ran for Stock Exchange AC (who I trained with when working in London). My favourite AL race was Beckenham, but only because it was close to home
I am with Farnham Runners now, who compete in Hampshire, despite being in Surrey (we're right on the border).
......some of their runners I know and Steve Smythe their coach who is something of a legend at this level. I got a lot from the tempo sessions I mentioned above so when they asked me if I wanted to join and compete in the Assembly League etc I went for it. Did my first club race in Battersea 2 nights ago. 400+ runners from various clubs where sub 18’30 just about got me into the top 135 :D
Which one are you in?
Wait...have you joined a club now?
......this spring my running club friends reckoned 1’22 for a sub 3, but I think in the right conditions my 1’24 form would get me close.
Ironically a month after the London marathon where heat made going for sub 3 a non starter I ran sub 1’24 in a half....
As things stand I am going to work on my shorter race distances starting with mile pace and revisit the marathon in either late 2019 or spring 2020 hopefully a couple more kg lighter and with a better base speed.
Good luck and keep me posted. Are you on Strava or similar?
Thanks for your insight.
Whilst I will follow the schedule, I wont be doing so to the letter and I do feel some sharper sessions are in order as I dont want to not run any faster than HM pace.
I like the idea of a long run off the back of a parkrun. That will also force me to train at a time of day when the race is. Currently I either run at the crack of dawn or lunchtime.
I did wonder about the 1.25 target for the HM as that doesn't give a lot of room for error in the full.
Anyway, I think the first challange is making the start line without breaking down injured!