I have picked up a niggle on my foot (a stiff joint!) from marathon training - it bloody hurts when I am running on the road so I have hit the trails instead. My only worry is that the trails I run (Sandstone in Cheshire) aren't easy and I am worried every workout is now classed as "hard". I am planning on keeping my long run on the road but I need to minimise impact on foot, hence rest of runs on trail and it is only way I can run pain free.
Question is - do any of you marathon train on hilly trails for a road marathon? (I am doing Manchester end of April) If so, do you just go out on trails and "run" same pace each time? Should I change mileage for time on feet? So do the time it takes me to run an easy 12 miles (around 1:50) on the trails instead rather than 12 miles...?
Don't know, but I'd have thought you'd be OK if you really slow down on the uphills... For example, if you need the same effort to run at 13 minute/mile pace up the hill, as you do to run your normal pace on the road, then why not do that?
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