You have jumped in at the deep end, trying to comensate for time missed as well as probably still have the tail end of a chest infection.
Don't worry about yesterday - put it down to experience. Going from 14 to 18 miles is one hell of a jump esp after running an 11 mile run, 2 weeks off and a chest infection. Don't worry about walking home - it's all time on your feet / mileage, it will help with the mental attitude while running your marathon as you still had physical work to do past the point of comfort.
I would advice that you don't try and keep up with your friends unless you really need the motivation.
rest this week with 2 or 3 easy short runs. at the weekend go for your long slow run, if you choose to run with your friends only stay with them if it feels easy. The idea is just to run very slowly for as long as you can while still feeling comfortable. You may find that you need to run slower than you have in the past.
Slow and easy.
You can't run to your plan now, it really isn't surprising that the wheels came off. You need to reassess.
I think with an easy week this week you will surprise yourself with your next LSR - don't try to overdo things.
Good luck with the rest of your training.I can only tell you what I would do which would be to run slow and see how far I can run then add to this next week and the week after with a much reduced tapper period and take the marathon very easy.
Dont be so hard on yourself.
Its only a failure if you dont step foot out the door and try. 11 miles followed by 12 a few days later, while recovering from a chest infection ! I think you did amazingly well .
Stop beating yourself up about it!!, Can't change it, just move on, You'll be fine.
Can't give any training advice (not really qualified), just wanted to encourage your spirits!!.
gedgino wrote (see)
aw cheers minnie, i just know in my heart that with 10 pints or so in me from friday and not eating proper fuel im not doing as well as i should. that has annoyed me no end...i am thinking positively now and planning on smashing it this weekend, and a life free from all enjoyments too!!
Now that's taking it a bit too far.
yup - go out slow to ensure that you have the energy to continue.
It should be doable so long as you are over your infection and well rested.
I'm slightly concerned about the 10k race so close to your marathon - are you planning to race this or run it at marathon pace - I would run it at marathon pace myslf - this is what I did proir to my first marathon.
Also on the fri or sat before that mara I would through in some strides and more dynami strtching - maybe a short warm up jog, .25 - .5 of a mile then strides - just run loose and fast, not flat out, concentrate on form not speed maybe 3 or 4 reps of no more than 100yds.
Don't try and be a super hero or push yourself too hard, at this stage you only risk injury, if that means take things easy then take things easy. After Sunday you will know how you feel after having run 18 miles, if you do not recover well then keep the milage for the following week low and the intesity low. Play it week by week. You might actually be feeling really good after a period of rest, don't burn out before the marathon.
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