I have found that "each to their own" - I did London in 2002 and did Belfast 3 weeks later - my body was really struggling at the 24 mile marker in belfast...
but, that was because my body was recovering from London.... in 2006 I decided on 2 marathons in a week to mark my dad's 20th anniversary - Dublin and NYC as Dublin is run on the bank holiday Monday I had 5 days between them...
in Dublin I knocked 20 mins from my previous pb
, 5 days later knocked a further 30 mins from the pb I set earlier in the week..
but... I had put in the training - each weekend I was 30- 35 miles over the 2 days... I broke up the mileage as well... as I'm a "plodder" time is not an issue - so did a 7 mile route early am, did a few things round the house and garden, then lunch time did another 5 miler, home again, late afternoon another 3 miler and in the late evening another 6 miles or so... therefore the mileage was in my legs - I did a route of 27 miles point to point 5 weeks before Dublin(walking), following week did 18 miles hike in the mountains, next week the 27 miler again.. then broke up the distances again.. it worked for me.. it may not work for somebody else.. this year I'm aiming to do 3 maras in a month
and my training so far is going well - might even knock my pb again!
and doing the same type of training - I'm slow so maybe that's why I can do this (6 hours -6 1/2 hours) somebody doing a 4 hour mara may not be able to do it.... so, as I said at the beginning "each to their own" I am the only expert of my body and mind.... and i think that each marathoner or half marathoner is like that too... yes we can take on board what others say... but 2 very similar people in build, speed, stamina etc can have a very different mind set... we are all individuals and we should all acknowledge that!!!
Posted: 08/02/2008 at 11:57