Ton up for me too. 5m last night in quite cold conditions but it could have been worse and it was raining and very windy earlier in the day. That’s probably my lot for this month as I’m having and need an easy week.
Just like you SaintBarca, long run on Sunday will hopefully mean a good start to February.
Well my long run went “tits up” too but that was because I had no energy (insufficient food intake Friday & Saturday) and probably doing too much. My intended 13M ended at 10.37M. But that was proceded by a 5M run on Saturday. As a result I’m going to take it easy this week and may cut out two runs to ensure a 13M run next Sunday. Currently on 95.40M which is my highest monthly target for years! But I will do the 4.6M to make it a nice round figure for January.
There are two main trains of thought when it comes to training. Some people like to train at race pace because they need the reassurance that they can run at race pace. But with this you run the risk of fatigue and injury. Therefore training has to be mixed because you can't train flat out all the time. With regards to long runs these need to be done between 30 -90 secs per mile slower than race pace. Therefore nobody on this thread should really be doing long runs faster than 10.30 min miles. You should then enter a race ideally a 10m or HM where you test your training. In this you run at race pace. Therefore you should be able to do 10m in a hundred mins. There's your reassurance. Yes always listen to your body it's an alarm system. Your longest long run should be three weeks before the marathon, then you taper. If you're feeling tired an achy invest in a massage, you'll feel great and all the tightness in the muscles will be reduced. If you can have one every couple of weeks it will really benefit you.
Hi Kathy, what they mean by "less is more" is that if you train too much or too hard then there is chance of injury and you will just be too tired come race day. Sometimes due to injury or commitments you can't fit the runs in. I remember a few years back I lost 19 days in March whilst marathon training due to really bad cough. I was worried too but I rested properly and took it easy when I returned. I still had a good race. Don't leave everything on the "training runs" save it for the day.