Got my first of 2 20 milers tomorrow. Feeling a bit edgy.
You know the rule of thumb about marathons - that if you can do 18 or 20 in training then you can do the 26.2.
Well I'm thinking - what if it all goes Pete Tong tomorrow morning?
It didn't last year but then my longest was 18.
Looking for a bit of reassurance that pre long run nerves are normal.
The very first time I did 18m+, I only planned to do about 15m, I felt that good I just carried on. It's the same now. I set off for a long run, and never have a definite number, just an idea. That's how I work. No pressure.
What's interesting is, I tend to add miles to my runs at least twice as often as I drop them.
For me it's about being in control, and not a slave to a 'perfect' schedule.
I get more than nervous - I get quite anxious.
But once the first couple of miles are out of the way you generally know if you're going to have a good day or not.
There was a time when I would get nervous before a long run, but just like anything else in life the moer often you do something the easier it gets, I actually look forward to long runs now, its a chance to have a chat with my mates.
However just like Arclight above I get very nervous about interval sessions and will I be able to maintain the required pace through all the reps etc, its horses for courses!
Same as Dave and Arklight, no nerves for a long run but yes for faster sessions, though it's not so much nerves as anticipation of pain/breathlessness.
On a twenty mile lsr you just get tired and bored.
OK 20 miler done and dusted!
Radio 4 to listen to made it bearable and not dull at all.
I don't do intervals. I did try joining a running club but late nights at school made it tricky to get there on time.
Did a marathon last Jan - doing Goofy this year. Chose a slightly more advanced schedule (last year's LRs were 18) to help with the back to back.
Was feeling edgy as I feel I am slightly heavier this year and wondered what impact that might have. Judging by today - doesn't matter at all.
Thanks for the input folks. Just gotta do it all again in a fortnight.
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