Training for 2004 Gold Coast Marathon
Posted 21 January 2004 - 12:32 AM
Am currently focusing on the ambitious target of doing the Gold Coast Marathon in under 3 hrs. Figure if I state it publically that this will ensure that on those days when I don't feel like training (and yes- they will exist) that I will have an incentive to get out there so that on the 5th July 2004, I can post details of another goal successfully achieved (touch wood!).
Has anyone else set their eyes on this event? Is there anyone who would like to offer any tips that relate to the Gold Coast Marathon - what makes this event better/harder than any other marathon?
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Posted 21 January 2004 - 12:58 AM
A mate of mine ran it last year and said it's a flat course, with a couple of loops (not the most interesting 42km you'll ever run) - only real concern from a course point of view is potentially the heat.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 12:13 PM
I have also done Canberra for the last 3 years, but this year I am training for the Forster Ironman instead. How quickly I recover from that will determine how much quality training I get in before the Gold Coast.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 12:52 PM
I thought it was quite an interesting run, plenty to look at as you are on the coast for most of it heading south and through some canal estates heading north. It is good to spend a few days on the coast too, plenty to do and see down there.
A final tip, don't turn up on the 5th July, you will have to battle a bit too much traffic if you plan to run the course that day. :)
Posted 21 January 2004 - 07:54 PM
I don't care much about the time I do, as long as I finish and enjoy the run I do.
I'm used to running hilly forestry trails so I guess I'd better do some suberbia training to get used to it. ;)
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Posted 23 January 2004 - 11:35 AM
I am currently building a base with the idea to start specific training in mid Feb. Still reviewing and reading up on the various training programs that are recomended. Body seems to respond to long slow miles better than loads of speedwork but recognise that need the speedwork if I am to stand a chance of breaking 3hrs.
It is interesting to see that many of the training schedules do not have the long runs going anywhere close to the distance of the marathon. Thought this was surprising given that to run 30km is one thing, doing 4:15/km and for 42km is another thing.
Anyway - looking forward to hearing how everyone is progressing.
PS: NoSeven - the reference to 5 July was me making an allownance for the 24 hours that I am estimating that it will take me to crawl to a computer and get enough feeling back in my body to type a message. Maybe I am being over-optimistic and I can aim for the 6th. However the advantage of the additional traffic on the 5th is that there might be a greater chance of someone to throw me some "jelly snakes" in the latter stages!!!!!!
Posted 31 January 2004 - 08:09 PM
One thing that will help you in achieving your sub 3 hours run is that the GC marathon has pacers for both the full and half.
As Albers mentioned, last year the sub 3 hour runners were led by Pat Carroll.
For me the whole event is fantastic. i have done the GC half for the last 2 years and will be there again this year.
Good luck and I'm sure you will enjoy the whole day.
Ian C :)