Thanks everyone for the advice re: pacers. I think I will play it by ear. Much like bigeater- perhaps aim to run my own run but latch onto a pacer at an appropriate moment later on.
Jokeybhoy- welcome and good luck for the rest of your training. On LSRs mine so far have been up to 90 seconds slower than marathon pace. Now I'm getting fitter they're approaching more like 60 seconds slower. But yes it really does work!
Pete Holt- are you carb loading for another event right now?
Washwood great long run. I am with you on the Hi 5 gels- I use them too and have got some looked out for my LSR today. I tend to take them a bit more often but it's personal preference and finding out what works for you.
Washwood- Personally I'd be tempted to relook at the upcoming weeks and see if you could get in your 20 miler elsewhere. However I might shuffle the LSRs as your plan probably avoids having 2 20 milers on consecutive weeks for a good reason. I think mine is the same. So is there any way you could do 20 miles this week, then just do 13 the next week, and your other 20 miler the week after that? Just an idea.
Have had a mad busy week so haven't been about here much. Have been reading all your posts but haven't had time to sit and reply!
JJ- I struggle with the same issue as you with running shorts. Not being of the slender thighed variety of lady I find shorts tend to rub at the top of the leg. I now go for a cycle short style rather than a tempo short style for this exact reason. They are longer, fitted, and don't ride up or rub. However, tight cycle shorts may be a brave choice for a man so I understand if you prefer looser shorts with a cycle style inner instead!
McCarthy- the longest I've done in previous training schedules at marathon pace was 13 miles. I remember when training for Edinburgh last year doing a 13 miler in under marathon pace and god that felt hard. It's one of these things you do and think- how will i EVER run that fast on the day for 26 miles?! But lo and behold... you do!
This week so far I've done 20 miles. Was meant to be more but I have had shin pain causing havoc on some of my runs. Today it seems to have calmed a bit and I ran pain free and well for 6 miles. 20 miler on Sunday to make 40 miles this week- not a lot for some of you but quite a lot for me so touch wood I can actually run it is as planned.
Can I ask a question of you all if you've run Manchester before-
Just general advice/opinions on running with a pacer. Are they consistent? Do they go for gun time or approximate chip time for themselves? Do they run even effort or even pace, or in Manchester is it all the same given it's a flat course? Do they go for even splits?
I would like some info before I decide definitely to run with one as I had planned...
Carl- a great almost 10 miler from you. Well done!
6 miles from me today and minimal shin pain! I have also received my new shoes (2 pairs of the same- the New Balance 890v3 which is my favourite ever shoe that I thought I couldn't get any more- found a seller on ebay that does them so I snapped them up) so if old shoes were part of the issue hopefully these should help.
Was trying to keep it easy, for the legs, but I am noticing over the last week there's been a big turn in my fitness. What before was 'easy' pace is now 'very slow' and by the end of easy runs I am approaching marathon pace with it still feeling slow and easy for me.
My slow/easy runs which were previously 10-10:30 min/mile pace are now turning out mainly to be 9:15-9:45 min/mile pace. I have to be pleased with this.
After my run did some spinning. Rest day tomorrow before LSR on Sunday IF the leg still feels OK.