Last Ditch Attempt to get fit for London Marathon

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31/03/2014 at 11:17

Would like some advice please......

I would like some suggestions of the best plan to maximise my chances of getting round VLM in 2 weeks. I had 3 months of consistent training up until 4 weeks ago. I was able to jog16 miles fairly comfortably at or below 9m/m pace and was hoping for a stab at a sub 4hr marathon.

Then it all went wrong. I suffered a minor calf tear, and then I went skiing and cracked a rib! I had 4 weeks of doing no running to speak of apart from a couple of miles here and there to see if I could get back to it. Last week, I finally managed to get in 2X5 miles and 1X10 miles.

I am now thinking of doing a 12 miler this week, a 16 miler at the weekend and then just a short run next week. Is this the best idea? I am resigned to the fact that I will have to walk the end part of the race, as I have missed some key runs, but I want to get to the start line with the best possible chance of jogging as far as possible.

Any advise on either race tactics, or plan for next 2 weeks would be much appreciated.  

 

 

31/03/2014 at 11:41

Defer, and don't go skiing next year

31/03/2014 at 12:05

There is no point is doing long runs now, you should be tapering.

Either revise your time and plan some sort of run-walk strategy from the start or, as Dave says, defer until next year.

31/03/2014 at 12:58

surely not much need to taper if I haven't done any training!

Can probably get way with a 15 miler or so this w/e and blag it from there. 20 mile run 6 mile walk or something?

Am obliged to run it really as have collected over 2k of sponsorship, and people have paid already so cant give it back!

31/03/2014 at 13:12

If you really want to do it chuck the idea of a sub 4 out of the window and go for a walk/run as Screamapillar says.  If you're worried about sponsorship why not find a different marathon to run in a couple of months instead - there are plenty around.

31/03/2014 at 13:23
Screamapillar wrote (see)

There is no point is doing long runs now, you should be tapering.

Either revise your time and plan some sort of run-walk strategy from the start or, as Dave says, defer until next year.

 

Wise words from screamy. if you MUST do it - you'll struggle and it will hurt but do a run/walk from the start and dont even think about a time goal in your head.

31/03/2014 at 13:24

 - a different marathon - you mean there are other ones? Are they not different distances though or summat?

31/03/2014 at 13:32
scottles wrote (see)

surely not much need to taper if I haven't done any training!

Can probably get way with a 15 miler or so this w/e and blag it from there. 20 mile run 6 mile walk or something?

Am obliged to run it really as have collected over 2k of sponsorship, and people have paid already so cant give it back!

The point is that longer runs won't be of any benefit at this stage, it's already too late. All you will be doing is putting extra miles in your legs that they don't need now. It will just add to the fatigue you'll feel on the day.

You can neither gain nor lose fitness in the last 10 days before a race anyway, so you are pretty much as ready as you're going to be.

You need to be focusing on damage limitation and getting the most out of the experience.

 

Edited: 31/03/2014 at 13:34
31/03/2014 at 13:41

Exactly what Screamy said.  You will not gain anything other than fatigue at this stage.

31/03/2014 at 13:45

you don't think 16 miles 8 days before or something similar will add some benefit, and provide enough time to recover?? Should I run lots of short runs then instead? Not much point in that right?

31/03/2014 at 13:52

If you're going to do a run/walk strategy (which seems like your best bet), then it would be a good idea to try this in one training run just so you have an idea of what ratio you're going to go for. Probably nothing to be gained by going for more than two hours though.

 

seren nos    pirate
31/03/2014 at 13:53

scottles.you asked for advise and you have been given it...no need to get shirty

 

short runs...will get your legs ticking over.....I would have a look at what your training programme said for the last 2 weeks and follow it...

if anything hurts then stop and rest.......best to be at the starting line without a recurring injury......

if you don't want to defer and you feel ok on the shorter runs then go for it on the day if you want to.......but we aware that you might run out of steam......or if you are young and fit enough you might surprise yourself.......but the odds are the last 6 miles will be painful......

I personally would aim more for 4:30 and see how it goes........( if you don't want to defer and have a proper crack at it next year).....

good luck

31/03/2014 at 13:59
I think all the good advice has been given out already.
My advice would be to follow it.
31/03/2014 at 14:04
scottles wrote (see)

 

Am obliged to run it really as have collected over 2k of sponsorship, and people have paid already so cant give it back!


Nope. Don't think you are obliged.." Hello friends and work mates I have been injured and haven't trained properly, so do I" :-

  1. Carry on regardless and do myself even more of an injury
  2. Hand the money you have generously donated to the original charity, and do it next year without asking for donations
  3. Go to the pub and drink the money
31/03/2014 at 14:25

Apologies if it came across like that. Not getting shirty, just want to minimise pain/walking/boredom on the day, have thrown the idea of a time out the window long ago. Still think with a fair wind, I could jog 20 and walk 6, which under the circumstances has to be worth doing.

 

Thanks for the advice.

31/03/2014 at 15:45

Scottles - just read thread and can't see that you had been shirty but who knows. Anyway, I would say you would be better alternating running/walking from the start, maybe run 4 miles, walk 1 mile, run 4 miles, walk 1 mile, etc. If you run 20 straight off then you will struggle more.

seren nos    pirate
31/03/2014 at 15:48
scottles wrote (see)

you don't think 16 miles 8 days before or something similar will add some benefit, and provide enough time to recover?? Should I run lots of short runs then instead? Not much point in that right?

 

sorry .. could juat have been the way I read it..it sounded like one of my teenage boys

31/03/2014 at 16:47

I suggested run/walk from the start.

I have to say I'm not sure why I bothered though.

31/03/2014 at 16:59

wow, everyone's so tetchy on here

31/03/2014 at 17:36

Scottles no the thing is it's to late for any work to physically improve your body that takes two to four weeks 

so working hard is pointless, just maintain your fitness that you have and just accept it's going to be hard work on the day. 

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