Struggling to train past 12 miles

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24/02/2013 at 00:45

One thing you don't mention is your pace. Are you just running too quick? You won't (or shouldn't try to) maintain your HM pace for longer distances.

24/02/2013 at 09:06

As RW says above slow down your long runs. For example I am going for a 3:30 - 3:45 marathon time @ 8:30 minute miles but my long runs are (meant to be) closer to 10:00. If you are running close to your HM or Marathon pace each week you are going to be fatigued. 

You can get away at half marathon with a few things that 26.2 miles will punish you for. Start experimenting with gels and drinks and stop worrying so much, a few tweaks will make a difference and hopefully these will restore a bit of a confidence and those sleepless nights should fade.

I have been in a similar position before, do your pacework midweek, slooooooow  on your long run and get some gels and drinks into your routine and things will feel a lot more realistic, acheiveable and just as importantly enjoyable. Good luck


24/02/2013 at 10:08

Agree with Oirish 100%.

What else are you doing? Are doing everything at pace i.e hard, hard hard and do you take day's off to recover?.

Remember, it is the rest days that make you fitter and you must fuel up with carbs for the extra workload - no fancy diets!

I get a minimum of 71/2 hrs sleep each night - how about you?

Eat more, rest more, slow down on the long runs and don't do continuous hard sessions

24/02/2013 at 16:29
FWIW I really struggled with my training when the LSRs went over 13 miles having only done max half marathon before, looking back it was completely in my head in a 'omg I've never run this far before don't know if I can do it' sort of way. Had a couple of tough 14 and 15 milers a few weeks ago, realised I wasn't actually going to die and have been fine since!

Then again it could be any of the above
24/02/2013 at 17:00

How can I slow down for the London marathon when my half marathon pace was really slow (11,5 minute miles) what should I be aiming for pace wise???

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