Marathon Goal

 & What it took me to run sub 3.30 and sub 3.15 for the marathon…

The drama of the broken bone is done. I need to get fixed and get fit. I feel like I’m starting all over again and have a blank sheet for 2018. For me the thing to do is to set some goals (realistic goals) – and given the time of the year, it’s time to set my marathon goal, which this year, is a stepping stone to the Ironman in October and I’m calling it my ‘tempo’ marathon.

My collar-bone has another four weeks to fully heal, and although I’m sling running and cycling this is pre-training, training. I have set the marathon goal and written it down (to be revealed later) but whether I do the marathon or not is still to be confirmed and full marathon commitment is on hold for five weeks. In five weeks I’ll know whether my collar-bone has healed properly and I’ll have either got the running started, or not! I’m certain that I do not want to put short-term gains ahead of the long-term and be left with an arthritic, achy shoulder.

I keep good records of training and know what results I can expect from the mileage I do. Based on the previous evidence, and my current fitness and time available, I know that the best mileage I can expect to accumulate for the Brighton Marathon in 14 weeks is a maximum of around 650, which is really only over 12 weeks as I have a week’s skiing and a week Tri training in this block. I’ve added to that 100 miles ran for the previous six weeks (when I had 2.5 weeks out due to injury and illness and ran less anyway!) and that’s a total of 750 for 20 weeks. This is roughly 75 per cent of past marathon mileage for 20 week blocks. However, I will also be re-introducing cycling on the road, and swimming from mid Feb onwards.

Come April it’ll be three and a half years since I last ran a marathon (although I did take part in the Ben Nevis Braveheart Triathlon in September 2016). 2017 was my rest year. I didn’t do any distance racing, I had a few injuries that meant I took more than a month off. This wasn’t planned, but I do think I’ve benefited from having a rest year, a year where I ticked over with some triathlon and 5Ks.

I have set myself my Tempo marathon goal. It’s considerably slower than the past but it gives me a starting point to take me into the V50 category and beyond. I’ve written it down today and photographed it to be shared when/if I cross the finish line in April.

And as far as what I did to run sub 3.30 and sub 3.15 marathon, here’s the mileage I ran:

1190/ 2009 Nice


1114.4/ 2010 London


1095.5/ 2011 Brighton

3.16: hot day should have been quicker – ran a 320 off road in Richmond a few weeks later after a night out!

1023.5/ 2012 Berlin


899.3/ 2013 London



973.5/ 2014 London (had also done Himalayan 100 in 2013 so good for endurance)


926.3/ 2014 Amsterdam


909.4/ 2015 New York


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