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After a very long time away from running, I’m slowly getting back a wee bit of pace on the treadmill.
Couple of nights a week with 25 mins high tempo (for me) runs followed by a longer slower run at the weekend.
5k times on the slower runs coming down nicely and the target is to get up to 5k distance in my 25min faster runs - currently at about 4.3km
Probably got 3/4 of a stone to lose still which will help.
Any thoughts on improving performance? Should I persist with the longer runs (currently 45 mins) without increasing speed and go for longer?
Fastest 5k a few years ago was 24 mins, so I’ve a bit to go yet.

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15 minutes ago, bernardblack said:

The 2hr marathon is about to be broken. Insanity

Amazing. I had goosebumps watching that. 

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Without doubt, one of the greatest sporting achievements in history. It won’t get the recognition it deserves.

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Without doubt, one of the greatest sporting achievements in history. It won’t get the recognition it deserves.
The question now is will knowing that he can do that spur him on to do it in competition? That would really be something.

You are right though, distance running isn't exactly mainstream so unlikely a feat like this will be a huge deal.

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Difficult to get your head round the pace he's running at...  2:50/km,  4:38/mile, 14:26/5km.

I think it might still be a good few years before we see it done in a race environment but its still a phenomenal run and he's undoubtedly accelerated the process.  

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Difficult to get your head round the pace he's running at...  2:50/km,  4:38/mile, 14:26/5km.
I think it might still be a good few years before we see it done in a race environment but its still a phenomenal run and he's undoubtedly accelerated the process.  
That's mental, I can't even get anywhere close to that for a single km never mind 40 of them back to back!!

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27 minutes ago, JamesP_81 said:
38 minutes ago, ark loyal said:
Difficult to get your head round the pace he's running at...  2:50/km,  4:38/mile, 14:26/5km.
I think it might still be a good few years before we see it done in a race environment but its still a phenomenal run and he's undoubtedly accelerated the process.  

That's mental, I can't even get anywhere close to that for a single km never mind 40 of them back to back!!

I tried running 2 hour marathon pace on a treadmill once. I lasted about 30 seconds. 

Edit: He didn't even seem that out of breath at the end. What an arsehole. 

Edited by Cardinal Richelieu

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1 hour ago, MONKMAN said:

Without doubt, one of the greatest sporting achievements in history. It won’t get the recognition it deserves.

It's not surprising after all the Kenyan drug issues and the Nike Project Oregon scandal.

Ineos (lovely company) were the main sponsor here but when he tried at Monza it was Nike. They obviously understand the optics at the moment.

Edited by Detournement

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I reckon he'll go close. After the 2:00:25 he went on to smash the world record in Berlin the following year with that 2:01:39. Wouldn't be surprised to see him dip under 2:01 under race conditions next year.

People were buzzing about it at parkrun this morning - it's great to see folk getting excited about this, even if it is just fellow running enthusiasts!

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^^ Was meant to quote Bairnardo's post but made an arse of it and can't edit on the app. Curses.

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I tried running 2 hour marathon pace on a treadmill once. I lasted about 30 seconds. 
Edit: He didn't even seem that out of breath at the end. What an arsehole. 
I said whilst watching it, for the benefit of context they should throw the odd plodding fatty like myself on the course every few miles to do 200m, just to demonstrate how fast these guys go.

Watching them breezing through that was like watching a few lads out for a jog.

Fortunately I have also seen that pace on a treadmill and its full tilt sprint (if they can even get there) for the vast majority of humans

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That was an unbelievable achievement today, what a feat of human endurance. I’ve seen quite a few folk who do no running get pretty excited, hope it gets more people into it. 

Had my first run after the Berlin marathon today. Just 10km but my god it felt so easy after that. The marathon for me was a slog, definitely undertrained and the German beers all summer did me no favours. Finished with the immortal “I’m never doing that again”, of course already thinking about the next one and taking the training a bit more serious!

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7 hours ago, Bairnardo said:

I said whilst watching it, for the benefit of context they should throw the odd plodding fatty like myself on the course every few miles to do 200m, just to demonstrate how fast these guys go.

Watching them breezing through that was like watching a few lads out for a jog.

Fortunately I have also seen that pace on a treadmill and its full tilt sprint (if they can even get there) for the vast majority of humans

Something like 17 seconds for every 100 yards. That's like sprinting at full tilt for a bus for 26 miles. As a slightly taller plodding fatty myself it just doesn't make sense.

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Seen Kosgei obliterated Radcliffes seemingly untouchable women's record (mixed race) in Chicago this afternoon.
That's some feat when you consider that that record had stood for over 15 years. She took a minute 20 off and the next fastest women's marathon over a minute 30 slower than that.

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Got the treadmill up to the pace of doing a marathon in 1.59.40 I lasted 45 seconds before I thought I was going to fall off the treadmill and burst both my lungs.

Turns out it's quite difficult to do a sub 120 min marathon

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Got the treadmill up to the pace of doing a marathon in 1.59.40 I lasted 45 seconds before I thought I was going to fall off the treadmill and burst both my lungs.
Turns out it's quite difficult to do a sub 120 min marathon


Just increase your initial 45 secs by 10% each time and you’ll be running a sub 2 hour marathon before you know it! Easy.

I’ve just signed up for Manchester marathon next April. This will be my second attempt at the distance. Got 3:49 to beat from my previous effort with plenty of time to get some good training in. I put myself in the 3:35 starting pen so hopefully we’ll get a mild winter to get the miles in, I stay injury free and I should just about hit my target.

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