22 June 2018

Is sub 3 possible ...

I've been contemplating my own mortality of late. It might have had something to do with the large quake we had here on Monday morning. Or perhaps it's recently turning 50. One of those mid-life crisis events. The urgency of achieving those few remaining goals life has to offer has all of a sudden taken priority. However I fear I may have left the sub 3 marathon a little late. 

A couple of days ago I stumbled on the above video.  It encapsulates the runners dedication and the careful planning that went into a training programme packed with variety. The payoff, a sub 3 at the 2017 Boston Marathon. 

Is it beyond me?


  1. Yes, it's possible. You have to train consistently without getting injured. And doing some speed, weights and core like the guy in the video is not a bad idea also. Go for it!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement mate.

  3. No Mark, but you need to get onto it. I know quite a few runners over 50 who've broken 3 for the marathon and they weren't exceptional in terms of talent. What they had in common during the sub-3 preparation was consistent training with mileage on the higher side (100-120k per week) and very easy run days (still long, but slow) between harder session days. All the best mate.