Thanks for the advice! I have read 4 months to 4 hours and it killed me to see how many 22+ mile long run days, I would actually have to run. Since I started trying to come back into running, its so much harder than it was before.. Im not as patient with myself. I think for now, I will work on a 5K goal then 10K then half-marathon goal for the next year. I would rather have a good time for a race than just finish. My husband never trained for the same marathon and ran it, then ran Goofy's 39.3 and finished, but I always told him that it's one thing to finish and another to finish in a good time. I will be taking my own advice now and keep my goals reachable with hard work. I think it would be great for me to run a 5k in less than 30 mins, rather than go out and run 15 miles, just cause I can... I look forward to getting a lot of advice in here and from you... I need to forget things I think I know and have a clean slate :)
Don't be in such a hurry for tomorrow to come
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Yep. I'm also a slow fat runner. I'm running my first marathon in October this year. Getting nervous...
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You can not change yesterday - it's done. You can only dream of tomorrow. The only day you can change is today. What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT
Trying to drop 2 hours off your marathon finish time will take time, and you need to reconcile yourself to not trying to push too hard too soon. Otherwise, you'll be setting yourself up for injury. That said, you'll be trying to drop from a 13/M (13-min mile) to a 9:22/M. Depending upon your own talent, biomechanics, training, etc., you'll need to set realistic goals.
To run faster, you need: - quicker foot turnover - hill training - interval training - efficient recovery periods
There's a book called, "4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon," by David Khuels, that you should probably read. It has a complete training plan to get you to your 4 hour goal.
Even if you don't make it in 12 months, if you follow the plan, albeit rather aggressive, you'll have trained well, built your base, increased your pace, and can look forward to making that goal. A very experienced marathoner friend of mine didn't make her 4 hour goal until after 2 years and several marathons and half marathons back-to-back - and she spent the past few months healing from stress fractures.
So, be careful!
Edited by: ACORALSEA at: 9/6/2011 (20:28)
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Hello, just introducing myself here.. I have been a slow fat runner for about 18 months now. completed several half marathons and my first full marathon last october, then got pregnant in november. I completely stopped running this january... My second daughter is 6 weeks old, today, and have been slowly getting back into running. Or walking.. or jogging? newho, I want to get faster and thinner and stronger so here I am again! :) I will be signing up for some 5Ks pretty soon, I really want to start a good base of speed work. I need to push myself harder than I did last year. I completed my first marathon in 6 hours and want to run my second october 2012 within 4 hours. Its a huge goal, but I know what I have to do.. and then I just have to make myself do it! Anyone else in the same canoe as me? Lindsay
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