A quick 3 miles there Will - good going!I had an 8 miler (MLR I suppose) tonight - late getting out (8.30pmish) but nice dry & bright evening.Ran a sort of v controlled tempo build up run - from a slow first warm up mile @ 9.15 building up the pace each mile culminating in a 7.45 8th & final mile. 67mins for the run averaging 8.25 pace.Not really sure what pace I should be running this MLR at bearing in mind I run tempo on tues, hills on wed, MLRs on thurs & sat (sat MLR @ MP) & LSR on sun. Mon is rest or recovery run & Fri is rest. Help Dave!
4 miles done at 8:42 min mile.
I've had my hospital appointment through and it's not till 11th March
That would only give me a month to properly train for the marathon and is probably unrealistic
However, I am not giving up just yet, I am trying to figure out a way to run less, but still maintain a long weekend run. So I may still be able to do the marathon if I get the all clear, but the probability of sub 4 is now quite low.
I can only say that I am really gutted and very sorry. I fully intend to keep posting to the thread, keep running and keep encouraging you guys. Sorry I've been a bit quiet this week, I've just been thinking things through.
I would be really disappointed if the thread died and Dave has so much experience and knowledge to share with us all, so please keep posting!!
And you just never know what the future holds....(don't start your victory dance JUST yet Carter!!)
Hi Rachel - firstly, I would say that you have nothing you should be sorry about. Shit happens. Try and stay positive and hopefully you can make it to Manchester.
I, for one, will continue to post here, even if it is just to give you some grief !!
Carter's right - stay positive, put your health first and we'll see what happens. You've nothing to be sorry for. If everyone's marathon training went smoothly there'd be no need for these threads at all!
As Rachel says, keep posting. Speaking of which: Ricky, you've got hard efforts on tuesdays & wednesdays, and a run at MP on saturday which is no mean effort either. For your thursday run then, I'd be tempted tomake it a progressive run, starting out easy for the first few miles and building to MP for the final couple of miles. Which is pretty much what you did anyway. That way it won't be another hard effort like the previous two days, but there'll still be some variety and focus.
You could try using it as a session where you don't look at your watch but try & judge your pace as you speed up through the miles. It takes a bit of practice but ideally you shoud know what MP feels like without having to check.
Ooo Dd, I'm excited for you! I used to love that early night to run a long way feeling!!
I'm hoping to get a 10 miler in in the morning, if I can get up in time, as I am off out for the day at 10...
Thanks again for all your good wishes. Your support is really appreciated!
As Caz says Rachel - there will be plenty more mara's... priorty is your health. That said you appear to be keeping your training ticking over nicely so you might just surprise yourself! Thanks Dave - I will prob switch my wed & thurs run around so as not to have 2 consecutive speed sessions. I might even do my tempo run "mid MLR" instead and change my normal tuesday tempo 6 miler to a MP or "pace judging" run. I enjoy the variety of different sessions and even more so a couple of varying sessions within a session. Spice of life as they say!Dd - good luck with the 1st 20miler in the morn! I am also planning my first 20miler of the build up on Sunday morning early doors
Super run Dd - well done! even more impressive with no fuel mid run!Sounds like you are ready to run the 26.2 anytime!
Rachel - good to see you staying positive and keeping the training ticking over. You have put in a decent base so you never know if you keep the weekend long runs going you might still surprise yourself. If you do start i Manchester you will be fresher than Carter and may just surprise him !! If you don't do not stress. There are loads more marathons out there.
I have been quiet this week as I came down with serious flu. If I had not been so busy with workj I probably would have got over it quicker but there you go. Have not run since Tuesday and find the not running thing so frustrating particularly when I felt that I was training so well and enjoying it.
Supposed to have a 20 mile LSR this weekend with some MP. I would normally do this today but might do it tomorrow. Having gone to bed before the kids last night I feel brighter but am being cautious as I do not want to risk further absence and ruin my shot at a marathon pb.
I have the Baldock Beast HM next weekend and as it is a tough course I was not expecting a pb in tis but was hoping for a good performance to set me up for a push at a good MP before I taper. May have to reassess all of this now.
Happy running this weekend for all those who are out enjoying the warmer weather.
Will - another 20 in the bag - well done.Have to agree with Dd it's all about juggling things around to suit your lifestyle/get round any roadblocks that life tends to throw up. Switching those 3 LSRs around will have next to no impact on your marathon I would have thought. You just have a slightly harder approach to Reading HM now but again I dont even think it will have any real impact on your HM race. Also I assume Reading HM is not your primary goal making the rescheduling of LSRs even less of an issue for you.Your long runs all look quite speedy which seems to contradict most popular training plans - what plan did you say you were following? My recommended LSR pace based on a 3.45 marathon goal time is anywhere between 9.21 & 10.17 pace... That said I checked my running diaries from my last mara in 2006 which revealed I ran my last 4 longest runs at around 8.30 pace, i.e. MP, and went on to achieve goal time of 3.44 in the race. So I suppose my point is the speedier LSRs worked for me back then which was contrary to (and still is) popular training advice!
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