Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the race immensely. It's just that every other race I've every done has a nice, flat bit at the end where you can really go for it (if you've anything left in the tank). My problem with the end of this particular marathon is that with having to watch my step with every twist, turn and climb, I was never able to step up the pace and so I never really felt I gave it everything.
Beautiful scenery, great weather, fantastically supportive marshals, lovely medal and T-shirt, but... what the hell was that last mile and a bit all about? Seriously, you're knackered after running 25 miles, you just want a decent stretch to put in a good, strong finish, but you hit this nasty, bumpy, rocky path that winds this way and that through the trees. Then, when you pass the 26 mile mark, instead of a clear run to the finish line and the chance for a sprint finish, it goes all up and down, you can't maintain any sort of rhythm and there's one particularly horrible climb up a steep rocky bank. Damn, that was cruel. I know it's a multi-terrain race, but my advice for future events would be to rethink that final stretch.
I fancy a crack at the Zagreb marathon (apart from anything else, it's at a convenient time of year for holidays and what have you). All I know is that it's in Croatia, and it's a two-lap course. Has anyone on here done it, and if so, would you recommend it? Thanks in advance, kc.
Thanks for the advice. I went out for a short jog this morning to loosen up as I felt unusually tired and sluggish. I think a couple of weeks of light training (no speed work or long runs) will do the trick.
I read somewhere that it's a good idea to plan a "rebuilding phase" into your long-term training plan - basically take some time out after a big race to rebuild and recover. I've never done this before, but if it helps me avoid injury further down the line, I'm willing to give it a go.
I've had a few months of hard training, I've just done a race and I'm about to ramp up the mileage ahead of a marathon in the autumn, so now seems an appropriate time to get a bit of rest. What I'm still unsure of is how long a break I should take (I'm thinking a week otherwise I'll go stir crazy) and whether it's worthwhile doing a couple of easy runs during this time. (I really can't be bothered cross-training. Cycling and swimming don't do it for me!)