sense - hope your 20 miler goes well this weekend. I think, for my age/ability, I did train hard so I made sure I stuck rigidly to the 3 week taper - although doing that actually felt like the hardest part of the training schedule!
Hi Malcs - I am very structured with my eating and don't consume "random carbs" so I definitely knew what I was eating before I started running and I just decided not to eat more when I was running. I peaked at 60+ training miles per week which is equivalent to 6,000 calories. Trust me, if you burn off an extra 6,000 calories and don't take in any more you lose weight!
Of course a lot of people "reward" themselves after a run or, even their main reason for running is so that they "can eat what they like". Even when I did my 26.2 mile training runs I didn't eat anymore than if I wasn't running - managed to convince myself that if I gave in and ate more the run has been wasted!
sense - I know what you mean and many people have asked me how you know you will be able to do it on the day. I have no idea but it just happened! But I did train hard just to give an example of a typical week. 61.33 miles at 7:12/mi average pace 6822 ft ascent and 6762 ft descent
My local (very hilly) half marathon race is usually 4 to 6 weeks before London. I used to race it flat out and then without stopping add 3 more miles at a gentle pace to make it 16. For me to count as a long run it had to be 16+ miles.
Sense - I was carrying some excess, not helped by a year living and working in the States. Good luck with the marathon pace run, personally I could only do race pace on the day of the actual race
sense - it is generally recognised that every pound of weight you lose is worth 2 secs/mile over the marathon distance. I can vouch for this as there was an almost perfect straight line graph of weight versus marathon time in my case. Unfortunately, there is also one that says for every year over 50 years old you lose 4 seconds per mile. (I did my first marathon at age 50). So I had to be lighter by 2 pounds every year just to stay the same!
However I did manage this quite successfully - 12st10lbs when I started running 9st7lbs when I did my fastest marathon at 56 years old.
Thanks Malcs - the NHS doesn't move too quickly when you hit sixty and you say your hip gets very painful when you run more than 10 or 12 miles.
Had a more serious health scare at the time but it is looking like a collapsed disc trapping the sciatic nerve - MRI imminent. Only taken 18 months so far!
My strategy for London developed into, aim to do the first half within two minutes or so of my half pb and then dig in for the second half. In fact my unofficial pb for the half marathon is the first half of the London marathon!!!
Strangely envious of all this training going on in all sorts of weather!