Joost De Raeymaeker of Belgium entered the Tokyo Marathon with a PB of 2:35:36 after following a plan in Daniels’ Running Formula. To step it up at Tokyo he had Dr. Daniels himself send training to prepare for the race.
Joost was way out ahead of pace in the first half with a split of 1:15:33. He then did the unthinkable running 3-minutes faster in the second half. His official time was 2:27:32 (67.6 VDOT) at age 50, nonetheless, and over 7-minutes ahead of the next age group finisher. [Full Results]
Thanks for your plan. Too bad that I lost a minute in the first 5k because of a bad starting block, zig/zagging. Hopefully I can get in the same sort of shape for Berlin, in order to dip below 2:27.
According to Dr. Daniels’ age-graded formula Joost’s time converts to a 2:11 for a 30-year-old.