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RedWineRunner and the big SUB 4

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In three years of running, I’ve ran three marathons; Loch Ness 2011, Moray 2012 and Paris 2013. I’ve consistently taken time off my personal best each time I’ve crossed the finishing line from my first, injured time of 5hrs 12m 02s at Loch Ness…

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A victorious 4hr 19m 30s at Moray…

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And a surprise 4hr 05m 18s in Paris…

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I’ve had a kind of love/hate relationship with the marathon. After being burned by the distance at my first attempt, despite going on to complete a successful 33 mile ultra marathon a few months later, when it came to my second attempt at 26.2 I arrived on the starting line full of nerves. When it came to Paris, I was just in it for the social and took the race quite literally in my stride as part of my preparation for the Highland Fling ultra. I enjoyed myself hugely and without putting any pressure on myself at all I came tantalisingly close to cracking 4 hours.

Therefore it ought to come as no surprise at all that for my 4th marathon I’m going all out for a sub 4 time. Once more I will be returning to the quiet back roads of Moray to take on their flat, fast and cheap marathon and will be tacking marathon number four on the 1st of September 2013.

I’ll be following the guidance of Mr Hal Higdon and his Intermediate 2 marathon plan. This programme worked extremely well for me last year and fits into my life nicely. Running five days a week and training on a sixth is now a habit which is hard to break, and despite enjoying a very easy month in May I’m itching to hand my life over to a training schedule once more.

Frustratingly, in theory I started my three month training regime on the 3rd of June, but was unable to execute a full first week of training due to a five day work trip to Ireland. I did enjoy two lovely, sunny runs along the banks of the Foyle, however.

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I think my biggest challenge over the next few months is going to be my work/life balance. Fitting my training around some big changes at work (which have meant longer hours and no more lunchtime runs for now) and the challenges of wedding planning has already proved to be a pain, but there’s nothing to be done about that other than somehow find the time to do it. If that means running at 4:30am or 8:30pm, then so be it – at least I’m training in the summer!

Fitting blogging in and around all of the above will also be tricky – this post has sat in my drafts for nearly 10 days and I’m only now getting around to finishing it. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep things ticking over around here but if it gets a little quiet then that’s unfortunately why.

I’ll finish up with a run-down of which races I’ll be at in the next few months:

– 16th June – The Ythan Challenge
My third attempt at the extremely popular adventure race. Previous Race reports: 2011 and 2012

– 18th June – The Running Shop ย Aberdeen Beach 10k
My first 10k in over a year – can I crack out a new PB? I need to beat 51m 33s on a flat course if that’s the case.

– 21 – 23rd June – The West Highland Way Race
I’ll be joining the WHW Race family for the third year in a row, but this year I will be on the sweep team with 5 great runners from Stonehaven Running Club. Another new challenge that I’m really looking forward to! Previous reports: 2011 and 2012.

– 30th June – Peterhead Half Marathon
A tune-up race for the Moray Marathon – I’ll be running at marathon goal pace for this (sub – 9 minute miles)

– 21st July – Dundee Half Marathon
Another tune-up race – primarily for Kynon and his preperation for the Kielder Marathon. I will either pace him, or run at my own goal pace.

– 28th July – Ballater 10 Mile Race
I have high hopes for a big PB here – My current best time was set at my only 10 mile race so far at the same event 2 years ago – 1hr 38m

Here’s to another great summer of running and racing!

7 Comments

  1. Good luck! I have done 5 marathons and all are within the 4:19-4:25 range. My last one was 4:19 with 3 stops at the bathroom (grrrr) and I am sure I would have finished much sooner without GI issues. Since I can run a half in 1:49, I am sure I have a sub-4 in me, but I just can never execute a marathon properly. I will be rooting for ya! My next marathon is in Oct and it better be close to 4 hours!

  2. I will be on the sweep team with 5 great runners from Stonehaven Running Club

    Are you sure about that? After all, I’m one of those 5… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Eee, how exciting! I know you’ve definitely got a sub-4 hour marathon in you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. You’ll go sub 4hr no problem, no need to sweat too much about specific training, you’ve already put in all the hard work training for the Fling. If you want to get a little specific then all you need top it off with a tempo run each week, some hill sprints if you feel so inclined and few more long runs.

    Your planned races will tick quite a few of these boxes, the rest of your runs you’ll just need to go out an enjoy it as much as possible – too many big things happening in your life to fret about training, so use your runs to unwind and plan out how much fun you’ll have on your wedding day and honeymoon ๐Ÿ™‚

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