Well my intended LSR of 14M turned out to be only 12M and mile 9 was very difficult. I’ve had two LSR’s like that now and I think that my body is telling me that I haven’t really got the foundation to do the marathon training.(There have been other factors too but in the main it’s the lack of miles). It shouldn’t really be a surprise to me considering my inactivity over the last couple of years. But I still think I have done well to get where I am it a short period of time. With only 5 weeks before tapering starts, if I carried on, I’m only going to manage to get up to 17/18M and even that will be at a push. So I think the wise decision will be to postpone until next year but carry on with my training in the same way. Not the same motivation but I’ve got a couple of HM lined up so something to aim for.
This week I have done a 4.5M run and a 6.5M run. 14m scheduled for the weekend.
I don’t think a marathon is the type of race that you can “fly out of the traps and hope to hang on” as it will find you out big time. The training paces for a marathon should be based on a targeted finishing time. How well the training goes determines whether you are ready to run the marathon at the pace you expected to or not. If you then run the marathon even 10-15 secs per mile faster than you should have done it will hurt. IMO running even paced miles is very important in almost all races. IMO in a marathon one should try and get to 13M and feel confident and have energy of “doing it again”.
My strategy has been to try and complete 20M at the pace that I set of. I can then gauge whether I have enough in the tank to finish at same pace, whether I can speed up or whether I need to adopt a run/walk strategy.