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Run a marathon in under 4 hours

Running a marathon in under 4 hours is a target that a lot of experienced runners will aim for on race day. It's not easy to do and will require a very high level of fitness and pace planning. Running a marathon in under 4 hours is a great achievement if you are able to do it. Good luck!

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“Completed 2XU Singapore Marathon 02 March 2014 Bib No. : 19982 Category : Ful Marathon(42.195km) Mens Competitive Gun Time : 3:57:56 Nett Time : 3:57:54 Ranking (Gun Time) : 119 out of 2884 runners Ranking (Nett Time) : 121 out of 2884 runners”

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Dennis L Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

When you are reasonably fit and run regularly the distance will not be the problem.  The time we want to finish on the other hand is.  I think this is where we need to modify our training to improve our times and not...

Gary B Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

Gary B Training for the London Marathon at the moment - want to run it in 3.45 or less. This is my second marathon; I finished my first in 3.57, but started off too fast and almost quit at the end after hitting my wall at the 21 mile marker. Need to work on my strategy for London, not only my fitness..!!

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Alessandro M Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge
Today I ran my first Marathon (in the city of Florence) in 3:38:06 real time... I'm so happy...
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Congratulations Alessandro, that's an awesome achievement. You should be really proud today :)

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Michael L Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

Contributorsilver Michael L Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. 3:51:05.

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Jane H Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

Contributorgold Jane H Melbourne Marathon - first marathon. After a restless night, probably 2 hours of interrupted sleep, up at 4:45am for brekkie, and the hike into the city with the amazing @natkat. The weather was ideal for the first 37k: little wind, cool and just a pleasure to be out running. My foot pod battery (Polar) died at 28.56k to be precise, so from that point I had to judge my pace based on gut instinct and a few runners I had been keeping my eye on. At 37k the rain started and the wind picked up, but with only 5k to go I was determined to beat the elements. I finished in 3:53:23, so happy with this since I was 'secretly' aiming for sub 4 hours. Checking my age bracket I have qualified for the Boston Marathon :) My family was waiting to cheer me on at the mighty MCG, it was an exhilarating finish, hamming it up for the cameras. And I had the pleasure of running 100 metres or so with @barryy, way back at the start (@5k), putting me in such a great mood :)

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Jane - you rock!!! What a time and an achievement - so Boston's up next then!!! :-) Well done you!

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Great day Natalie, and what a buzz when you did shout out, I hope you heard me shout back and wave, you were looking fabulous on your way back into town. I was feeling wonderful, felt that way for most of the 42k, a comfortable pace to be running. And a big hug and kiss to you for your friendship, inspiration and great company xx

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Cheers Stephen, who knows?? ;) I may just be up for another one in the future.

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Jayson J Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

Contributorgold Jayson J Taking this challenge as my personal motivation to achieve my goal to run a sub 4 hours on Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on 1st December 2013.
I still have enough time to train hard, smart and safely as I want too!
My personal PB so far is 4:24 and completed 3 Full Marathons already.
I will be starting my 16weeks training on 1st Week of August.
Hope this journey will be a good ONE!!

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Vaunette C Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

Contributorgold Vaunette C I signed up for my first ever marathon several months ago. Then a friend of mine told me I should be able to qualify for the Boston marathon. For my age bracket I would need to finish in 4 hours flat. Since this would be my first marathon I was just hoping to finish in 4:30 and all the advise I was getting and reading said not to set a time goal. Well the seed had been planted and I'm not one to step around a challenge. I questioned myself, had doubts and hopes. Then race day is upon me, May 18, 2013, I so wanted to finish in 4 hours. The rain began to pour, can I qualify? My friend had said think sub four...more doubt crept in. No, I'm going to give it a shot in spite of the rain. I have trained hard and I want this! I felt pretty good for most of the race. Mile 18 it was getting a bit rougher but I told myself I have run 21 miles in training so suck it up buttercup! Mile 22, just four more miles, can I make it in 4 hours? Mile 24, I just want to stop running, but I am so close. I will get this over with if I just keep running. Don't stop. Don't walk. I can make it in time if I just keep running. Don't look at the finish line, stay focused on moving your feet. I crossed the finished line soaking wet, exhausted, full of emotion and in a time of 3:53:21. I had done it!

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Vaunette, I know I have said this before, but you are my role model - totally. I just loved reading your recount now, it is inspiring and motivating xx

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Vince S Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

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Baldy John - Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

Contributorgold Baldy John - Well I did it 24 years ago... 3hrs 45 mins 12 secs and hoping to run one next year albeit it I'm a lonmg way off even running a 10k at the moment but this is something to aim for again :-)

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Lorain R Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

Contributorgold Lorain R This is my goal for todays race. Start in one hour.

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Thanks everyone! The support and encouragement is a great boost!

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Bj B Run a marathon in under 4 hours Challenge

Contributorgold Bj B This is the first Challenge I signed up for on TribeSports and one my proudest to turn into an Achievement! Went out looking for a sub-4, but took off another 16 just to be sure! 26.2 in 3:43:42!

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Massive well done on that achievement, amazing effort

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