Re: Is a four hour possible?

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Ed 1 wrote:
The four mile run I did in the 7s with the last at 6:35 or so was on the streets with my wife riding a bicycle next to me – she was using a stop-watch. That 6:35 was likely only .95 and not a full mile.

And how did you measure the distances? Bicycle odometers, unless carefully calibrated, are notorious for being inaccurate. I agree with Zeke that something doesn’t add up here, even with that explanation.

Ed 1 wrote:
I have about a month to test these ideas along with becoming consistent for once.

In running terms, you can’t become consistent in a month because consistency is about what you do day after day, week after week, month after month. By definition, you need multiple months to establish consistency.

Ed 1 wrote:
I could do a TT one day and have my wife time me with a stop watch.

What is this going to accomplish?

Ed 1 wrote:
But you are correct in that I need to focus on finishing even if that means moderate walking. It is just tough to get motivated without something to “work” for.

At the point where you are now, you will need to work for the finish. Personally, as I have already stated previously, I don’t think you can realistically expect to make it the whole way without walking and waiting until you can’t run to start walking will lead to much more suffering than if you start mixing in walking right away. BTW: Galloway’s suggestion for 4 hour marathoners is to go for a run/walk ratio of 7-8/1. I’m not saying that’s right or wrong but I was thinking 10/1 seems reasonable.

Ed 1 wrote:
That is part of my problem – needing a goal to get motivated – I need to find the motivation in the running itself.

Why can’t the goal be to make it to the finish line in one piece? Given what you are trying to do, this could be a very lofty goal.