LONDON MARATHON 2.51 - 2.45 is it possible, mesomorph - ectomorph!
Once the dust has settled its always worth taking a look at how one could run faster and train better, I still want to get down to 2.45 and I think with a few changes to my training and life style its more than possible! Back in December I started to run using Jack Nirenstein's Gravity Running method, it has greatly helped me improve my speed while at the same time reduced aches, pains and injury problems. Gravity running has also improved my enjoyment of running and is the keystone that has given me back my enthusiasm for training and racing. The icing on the cake was buying a pair of Spira shoes they were the final piece of the jigsaw that let me run to within only 1 min 22 sec of my London Marathon time 10 years ago! My training for London also started in Dec using my own training ideas but I soon started to train using Mike Grattons training program for Runners World. I was really pleased with my steady improvement up to the Marathon but after reading this article I believe increasing my marathon paced tempo runs from 3-12 miles up to 12 - 22 miles will help me maintain pace in the second half of the marathon.
My biggest problem is my weight, after years of heavy weight training I have gone up from 10 st 10 lb to 11 1/2 stone, I feel that at 5 ft 10 in tall this is just to heavy to be a good marathon runner, I don't really want to look like an ectomorph but it might be worth it. This chart shows that I can run a marathon 54 seconds faster for every 1 pound I lose, so with a possible 11 lb to lose 2.45 seems more and more possible! And a added bonus, less weight means less impact hence faster recovery from training! So I have a new goal and plan to get there, what do you think, is 2.45 possible!
I would really appreciate any info you might have as regards your best running weight and how gaining or losing it has affected your performance!
CORRECT WEIGHT FOR RUNNERS
Had a fantastic run over the big sandhills, running steady I finished just 40 sec down on my course record set back in 2005!
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