PC - welcome back, I know you've had a struggle with injury this year... from the grapevine but it's good to see you doing the business and training well getting some cracking new PBs
I've a pal who ran the six majors all under 3 .... not sure it's something I'll manage as I ran 3.11 in Berlin a few years back to qualify for Boston and then a 3.04 in Tokyo this year. I've sub 3s at Bost and Londinium so if I were to get them at the other two races then I'll never say never re going back to Tokyo for another crack ... and Berlin is not too far away (though i'll probably need a travel visa)
Anyway, for NYC I am looking to run c.3 hours. I am thinking i'll need to be in really good shape for it. Lean, well tapered, at least 8-9 20+ mile runs, at least 8 hard track sessions, a midweek run in double figures, a short tempo run and many general miles - commute doubles. In other words less bbqs over the summer and shed loads of training. I've heard its a tougher race to run a time like that ... so I will try to get myself as close to my best as possible and then target 2.59.59 .... no quicker! if I end up with a 3.0x .... i'd be happy with it. Goal race for a PB is next year's London.marathon.
Well done at Tronso you crazy midsummer marathon maniacs ... hats off to Mr HIAHS for a juicy PB, as well as me clubmate Jake who, for a while, has been gunning for a c.3 hour marathon / London GFA time and he finally put a good one together on the day and bagged a 3.02 and 15th overall. He got his GFA application in on the last day and got his acceptance so job done. Put him on a fast course like London, Berlin, Amsterdam or Valencia and I reckon you knock another 5 mins off for sure.
I've been taking part in various track races with varying results. Short stuff is not really my bag, but you get a chance to run an even paced hard tempo run on a track 5000. Friday evening I have the 10,000 which is a little more tricky .... a second a lap can make or break your race. I'll just try to run it even and put it down as good training. I had a good 10k at Bupa London recently in 38.24.
Andy .... I ran 3 marathons in an 8 week period this spring with good results at all 3 .... the 3rd one was the quickest (and best conditions). I intentionally sacked half marathons from the plan that I would have usually done as they can take a lot out of you as I wanted to run well in the marathons.
I reckon you could go for it. If you don't get a PB in Manchester and you really want to go for it in Liverpool .... me personally, I would either sack Leeds or run it at long run / training run pace .... so you don't batter yourself too much for Liverpool.
If you run Manchester and you do get into London ... you won't be doing much in between, after London you'll need 10 day minimum recovery and then you can put together a "mini-plan" for Liverpool that includes some short hard tempo runs, an 18 and a 20 mile long run and a 10 day - 2 week taper.
If you don't get into London then you have an extra week for the mini plan ..... and if you want to really blast a half marathon in the spring maybe look for a fast one about 5-6 weeks before Manchester?
Off to Tromso tomorrow for the Midnight Sun Marathon. Looking forward to catching up with a few regulars here.
Still not sure about the race plan. One part of me wants to make up for a poor run in Copenhagen. The other part of me thinks I've hardly trained since then after being ill so should just coast it. I'll make my mind up on the start line.