I honestly don’t get depressed with the lack of races. It’s an excellent opportunity to do things I have wished to do, but could not find space in a packed race season. One of them is running a marathon. You know, the version without following some swimming and bike riding.
First time I ran a marathon was in London 2005 where I finished in 3:25. A few years after that I ran in Budapest on around 3:20. Last time I ran a marathon I finished 2:49:44, in Oslo 2011. I dream of running a sub 2:32 marathon.
The reason for my goal is simple. My dad has a 2:32 PR from New York Marathon in the 80s. Also, I have an aunt who has a 2:32:57 PR from Berlin Marathon in 87 where she finished third (yes, she was rather fast). I cannot be the third-fastest marathon runner in my family. I need to step it up a few spots.
Since I am on the oil rid until 20. May my only option is to run it on the treadmill. My plan is rather simple: Set the treadmill speed to 16,7 km/h(3:35m/k) and incline 1 % and run until I get to 42,2km. That should give a 2:31:36 marathon time.
Running on a treadmill is obviously not the same as running outdoor and I know that I must do it again in a proper race. Still, this would be a good trail. It would be done on my “regular” treadmill, which isn’t a specially kind treadmill.
When do I kick off this project? Tomorrow, with none specific preparations or tapering. My guess is that I will either make it or blow up hard. Regardless of the outcome I know it will be proper challenge, so I want to post my goals in advance as it might give me the extra needed motivation when I enter the tough stages. Wish me luck 😀