I would run the half. You don't need to run a marathon to prove you can run a marathon. You might as well do that in your marathon. Plod round and enjoy it.
You can't run a marathon in 2x your half time, look at the world records.
So go for it in the half, because you will be running a lot slower per mile in your marathon. If you don't throttle back in the marathon, you'll be blowing up just after halfway, so whatever you do in your half marathon will be irrelevant anyway.
If you have no idea what your current level of fitness is, race it and use the time to shape your planned marathon pace and training paces over the coming weeks, in the knowledge that you will be knackered for a few days
if you have a good grip on what you are going to do in May in terms of planned marathon pace, you can use this pace tomorrow as a good training workout. You should feel tired - with more training the pace becomes easier
Don't fancy either of those then go easier. Just try and get something meaningful out of it that contributes to the marathon goal.
I'm also running a half tomorrow with a marathon in May. My plan is to treat it as a training run but with an alternative route to my usual. Not aiming for a personal best HM but do want to do at marathon pace just to see how it feels. That will be about 9min miles so just under 2 hours (PB is 1.50).
I'd race it tomorrow-
1. To gauge current level.
2. To plan the rest of my marathon training paces.
3. A marathon is a lot of training for just one race.
You have a good 6-8 weeks to recover. I bet you could go out in training and run 13 miles at 90 seconds per mile below mp to get the other boost.
I'm the same M.K. marathon on 5th May and a half tomorrow.
I'm thinking 'go for it' (if a dodgy knee allows), then just back on track but no speed sessions for the next couple of weeks.
Dan DT has summed it up. you can attempt the "I could do that again" feeling anytime in your training, next week if you want, tomorrow is a race and a chance to get a PB. It's obviously not your first so you will recover easily, and you are still several weeks away from your A race, every reason to go for it. If you hold back you'll never know!
Finished very 'undulating' (read some very cheeky hills) course in 2hours. Pleased with run overall as felt good even with the hills. Makes 4.30 marathon feel achievable and 1.45 Leicester half a good target for October.
well done! excellent result. good luck for the marathon
Thanks again guys, I took the advise and went for it, took 2 minutes off last years time. I found the 1st 10 miles to be fine, a bit tiring along the promenade to mile 11 then it suddenly hit me and I was running on mind power alone by then. Finished strong with a last sprint over the line to get a 2:03.03 time.
My legs ached a bit but felt a lot better than last year and I even managed an hours cross training last night which is a 1st the day after an HM.
Having said that I think the only realistic way I can finish a marathon is to slow my pace right down to 10:30's maybe even 11's. I just cant sustain a 9:30 pace over that distance.
My plan for the next 6 weeks is to increase my mileage very gradually to 20 miles.
Well done to everyone else who ran over the weekend!
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