london marathon training

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27/02/2014 at 22:26

Hi all .... would like some feedback ... im a first time London Marathon runner this year ( got in on the ballot after 5th year of trying )     Training has been going surprisingly well and part of my training plan is to do the Milton Keynes half marathon in a couple of weeks . problem is I know I could smash my half pb by at least 5 mins going by my long run times....

would you push hard for pb ( risking injury ) or use it as another training run (nutrition / hydration practice/ atmosphere) knowing what ive got coming in April ..    thanks Rob !

27/02/2014 at 22:33
Personally I wouldn't run it flat out that close to your A race. Get London done and then look for a half a few weeks after that to give it a PB attempt.
cougie    pirate
27/02/2014 at 22:35
I'd race it. It'll help you judge your target for London.

Are you really that injury prone that a race is likely to break you ?
28/02/2014 at 10:03

Too close for a flat out attempt but you could still get a new PB but running it conservatively. You don't need to smash the PB do you? 

28/02/2014 at 11:38

You could run the 1st half at MP, then speed up in the 2nd half. Would that still get you a PB?

Whatever you do, make sure you have a decent warm up and post race jog..will help avoid too many post race aches and pains.

28/02/2014 at 16:14

Is this caution against injury a general thing, or actually based on any issues you've had during training?  If you've not had any particular problems I say smash it for a PB.  What is it, three weeks out?  Plenty of time for recovery, if you've also got your long run strategy sorted out to work around it.

01/03/2014 at 20:33

thanks for all your thoughts lads !!  my main worry was that ive had a couple of niggles after interval/tempo runs ....have realised that a tempo run is not a 100%flat out        ( idiot )      ...after a mixed review ive decided to  run at my marathon pace and pick pace up later on 9+miles ..then collect medal and run the extra 4 miles home, I should easily pb and get in a 17 miler on same day .

09/03/2014 at 09:58

I personally wouldn't risk it given how long you have waited to do the London Marathon! (I'm exactly the same - only after trying 5 years trying through the ballot I got a place through my running club this year)

09/03/2014 at 13:02

I'd give it the big heave-ho full-on pb attempt. Put all that marathon training fitness to good use. After all, you're just as likely to pick up an injury in another session anyway. Worse case is you run VLM next year.


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