Alternatively you could buy a pair of hybrid shoes like Mizuno Wave Ascend or the Brooks Adrenaline ASR, which are basically road shoes with a bit more grip. They're not out and out trail shoes and won't be hardcore enough for really thick mud but would be okay for the Pembrokeshire coastal path (or at least the bits of it I know around the Little Haven to Solva area).
They're also fine for the road. I use my Mizunos sometimes if I've forgotten my roadshoes.
My training plan is one from my local club but is very similar to any of the published plans such Pfitzinger or Noakes etc, in that there's a long run, a tempo run and some speed work. It doesn't include a medium long run mid week like some of the plans I've seen.
I suppose my question was born a little out of frustration in that I've dropped about 5 minutes from last year, and although I do feel that I could have gone a little better on Monday, I was wondering if including something like weights or core work would help improve faster. I'm targeting trying to knock at least 10 minutes off by Manchester, which may or may not be practical, but I'd like to give it a try.
I've just finished Dublin on Monday which was my 10'th Marathon and where I matched my PB of 3:45 ( within a few seconds).
I was happy with my time, my splits were the narrowest spread that they'd ever been and I felt comfortable afterwards which makes me think that I could potentially have gone faster. I've decided to target Manchester next April as an opportunity to knock some serious chunks of my PB, but I'm not sure how to train for it.
This will be my third consecutive Manchester Marathon.
I've always followed fairly conventional training plan with one long run, one speed and one tempo run per week with a few hill sessions thrown in and a bit of cross training (cycling) but am unsure if this is going to cut it.
I'd normally do 5 or 6 sessions per week and my peak miles would be 60 - 70 a few weeks before a marathon.
In a post marathon pub conversation with an experienced friend he made the comment ' if you always train the same way you'll always get the same results'. Whilst this comment wasn't aimed at me, I'm wondering that perhaps I should be looking at something different and trying to integrate something else into my training such as weights, Pilates for core strength or different cross training.
Does anybody have any ideas ? Should I integrate something different into my training or just concentrate on doing more of the same with perhaps some harder speed sessions and increasing my weekly distances ?