wishing u well if u are a first timer - VLM or marathoner at all
if only i knew all those years ago what i know now -
if i were all of you, to make your marathon perfect as possible, id be throwig everything into full preparation now and being ready solidly
Hi Bigeater I had that problem last year with trying to slow my pace down especially for the really long runs, I found that downloading/printing a pace band for however long your run is really helped. Wear it on your wrist so that you know what you are supposed to be doing .... worked for me
I am actually getting quite despondant still have this sciatica... thanks B&T for that link they were describing it perfectly... its really uncomfortable. Off to see the physio this afternoon to see what she thinks. Not looking forward to it because I think its going to hurt ..... lots !!
I am seriously thinking if I should defer London till next year so many things have been going wrong knee, chest infection and now this ....can't believe it. Have missed so many running days and getting into the longer runs. Just don't know what to do
fed up pip
Hi well all I can say is OWCHHHHHHHHHHHHH !! but I tried to be brave was poked and prodded by the physio she found the sore spot base of my spine/muscle, scraped me of the ceiling [ owch !!] and did a bit more prodding and sent me on my way. Going back to see her next week does seem a bit better this evening though. Anyone out there had acupuncture ???? because I am asthmatic and so can't take ibuprofen or aspirin and hate taking tablets anyway, she sugggested acupuncture if it wasn't any better next week. 'So can I run then I asked ?' NO came the firm reply anyway let's see what happens next week, cos I am not giving up just yet !
Hi all. Sorry for my absence. Busy few days , have been snowed under again with Coaching course work and getting daughter back to uni this week and so on.
Sorry to hear about your niggle PIp. The worst case scenario is of course defering, but see what your physio says. it may be absolutely fine, and don't worry. You have plenty of time still.
Hi bigeater. Do you have a garmin GPS watch. I know what you mean. I am always speeding up and worried about running faster when I should be running slowly. If you think of the reasons as to why in a particular run you should be running slower it may help. You have to discipline yourself sometimes to run slower. It sounds silly, but it is true. Try and aim for your projected marathon pace and run 45 seconds to 2 minutes slower than that on your long run !!
Black and Tabby. Running a half is a fantastic idea. I am doing one on the same day, The Bath Half. A half marathon about 6 weeks out is a great idea. As for you forfeiting a long run I would do this. Run your half,do the 18 miler the week after. You could still have a step back week after your 18 miler and get in a 20 miler 3-4 weeks before the marathon. That would work. You will find it easier to recover from your half and then run your 18 miler the following weekend , rather than the other way round. The half marathon will also be a very good guide as to where you are as far as your fitness levels go. There are a number of reasons as to why you should enter tune up races, whether your marathon is competitive or not. Not imperative, but it is useful. 10k's also are a a fantastic idea. It generates what we call sympathatic nervous system arousal and is of course race specific whether competetive or not. A dress rehearsal for the real thing. So basically, yes !! Do the half. Your schedule can be modified to accommodate your long runs. I can't remember B and T if this is your first marathon or not !!
Kiwi - looking at my schedule, from this week I have the following LSRs
Week 7 - 12 milesweek 8 - suggested HM on the planweek 9 - 10 milesWeek 10 - 15 milesWeek 11 - 16 milesweek 12 - 12 milesweek 13 - 18 miles (this is the date of the HM I'm looking at)week 14 - 14 milesweek 15 - 20 milesthen I actually have to take a week off from my schedule for some cross training Then week 16 - 12 milesweek 17 - 8 milesweek 18 MARATHON!
So replacing week 8s HM with a 14 mile LSR, and switching around for a HM on 3/3 gives long runs will be 12, 14, 10, 15, 16, 12, HM, 18, 20, week off, 12, 8, 26.2 (!)
Is 18M followed by 20M the nest weekend okay????
Hi again B and T I would Swap your week off ( why are you having this ) round with your 20 miler and have a step back week in between the 18 and 20. perhaps better to recover a bit from your 18 miles, so 2 weeks between your 18 and 20, then a good taper. Everything else on your schedule looks great .
I'm ok thanks folkes- have been extremely sick - i only resumed training sunday gone
B & T
surely runnig is all about getting out there when u can
Kiwi - sorry if i'm butting in on your mentoring
Mick - I know - but after getting injured last year I'm paranoid about keeping my training as ideal as I can - no sudden increases in miles etc! I'm not a natural runner and really want this marathon (and its training) to be a good experience!
Sorry to hog the thread everyone
Kiwi - how about this then for my long runs from this week:-
12,14,12,16,18,12,HM,14,20,(week off), 12, 8, 26.2
Bit of a gap between the 18 and the 20. Is the 12 after the 18 okay?
Feel free to tell me to sort it out myself -sorry for being a pain.
Hope everyone else is okay and surviving the cold / snow / ice. We've got beautiful sunshine, but icy patches here, made for a beautiful 6 miles with a few 'bambi' bits in!
Hi again all. Sorry to be so long again in getting back on. I always come back and check the site if i haven't been around.
Hi MicknPhil. Sorry you have not been well, and your advice is always welcome. We can all learn off each other. There is so much to be learnt from marathoning.
Hi Black and Tabby. Don't worry. Your schedule does not have to be absolutely by the book. There is always room for manouevering and re jiggling your schedule. Use schedules as a template. If you can stick to them that is fine, but don't concern yourself if you can not. This just adds extra pressure you can do without. It doesn't matter too much. I have done a long run on a Wednesday before , or a Friday because the weekend has been completely out for one reason or another, as you suggested yourself. We all have either family lives, or full time jobs or whatever which does not always make this possible.
If you have Hal Higdons 'Marathon' book, he says exactly the same thing !!
Your 12 miles after the 18 is spot on. A good idea to have a reduction in long run mileage and a step back week after a heavier one, this is fine.
As for your 14-20 ( a 6 mile jump here) I think by then if you are feeling both mentally and physically ok, you should have accrued a good aerobic training base by then, so should be alright. Just run the 20 slowly !!!! , and bear in mind this is a bit of a leap. Just go careful !! : Your taper is perfect. Once you have done your 20 miler you can be hugely satisfied. This to me is the 'Holy Grail' in your marathon training both mentally and physically. This is the pinnacle of your months of hard work apart from the actual marathon. Enjoy the taper then !!
Sorry too. I certainly don't want to put you on the spot as to why you have a week off. I was not prying. I was thinking in terms of you just wanted a rest week. I was thinking 'overtraining syndrome' so was just concerned that you were not going down that road and would help try and help you if you were. I have never suffered from it , but know what to prescribe !!
And, lastly, you are in no way being a pain. if I did not want to help any of you I simply would not be here. We are all going thorugh this together in training and the lot !! whether you are fossilised old marathoners like me preparing for the umpteenth 26 .2 miler or your first. If I can help in anyway please ask.This is a two way thing. It is helping me here too
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