Hi guys, just thought I'd get some opinions on what time I should ai for, I have an idea but always good to get 2nd opinions form experrts and people more experienced then me.
OK I did the London Marathon last year, trained well and lost 3 stone but ran with someone who didnt prepare much, train or eat breakfast, long story short it took 6 hours 50 minutes ot finish as she dropped out at mile 13 and ended up in hospital and for the first 13 miles we more or less walked much to my annoyance as I had trained so well.
So this year here we are again. Im going to be 8 pounds lighter then last year so 13 stone 7 pounds. Im 36, I can do a 10k in 52 minutes, a half marathon in 2 hours 5 minutes and my 20 mile run Sunday took me 3 hours 20 minutes.
This is carrying a heavy running belt with 4 gels, water and what not and I hate running with it as it weighs a ton and I can feel it bouncing so not ideal.
Also its hard to push myself to my maximum in my long sunday run, mainly because im drained and probably not rested enough due to the weeks training, I do weights too a lot BUT I manage to do my long runs ok. Ivecut carbs right down due to losing weight and its worked great, lost 2 stone but it doesnt help with the long runs.
So if I can do 20 miles in 3 hours 20 minutes now and by the time of the London Marathon I'll be 8 pounds lighter and also not have to carry water or gels, will have light clothing such as the charity vest and be fully rested and carbed up with maximum glycogen levels what time should I be aiming for.
I'd love a sub 4 hours but think maybe thats too much of an aim.
I have a major knee op 2 weeks after which will crock me for 6 months so don't want to leave anything out there on the track so to speak and want to go for it, go hard or go home!
Well yesterday I did 20 miles and felt shattered afterwards, not tired tired but a bit ill lol. Today I feel fine, actually thought about going to the gum but had to wiat in for the new trainers to arrive from UPS.
Im doing 22 miles this sunday then tapering off, maybe an 18 imler the week after so that gives me 2 weeks to prepare, then maybe 12 the week before or is that too much?
4h 20 is just under 10 min miles
3h 20 for 20 miles is 10 min miles bang on
If you rest up and stay healthy and go through 20 miles in London in 3:20 (which you know you can do!) I see no reason why you couldn't do the last 10k in just under an hour. And then plan to do your next marathon faster (sub 4 is not a stupid longterm goal but different people respond better or worse to the same training so it might take a good bit of work).
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