Hi all,coming over to Dublin from Caerffili,South Wales to sample the Irish hospitality and a little matter of running 26.2 miles!All my long runs completed now,but I had already entered a couple of halfs in swindon 10/10 and Cardiff the week after 17/10,I am going to run both these steady around 7.30/mile up to mile 10 then step it up for the last 3 miles.looking forward to the taper,having put in some hard training for this one!!good luck to all!!
Having run a few marathonsmyself,I can honestly say that the step up from the half is quite a big one.
I use Hal Higdons marathon plans and adjust the first few weeks accordingly,doing a few more repeats than the stated amount in the plan at the beginning.
I personally found that the tempo runs and the runs at race pace were a factor in achieving a sub 3hr marathon and would encourage anyone wanting a quicker marathon time to incorporate these sesssions along with the dreaded weekend long run!
The advantage of a plan is that on those days that you may not want to particularly do a hard session,just one glimpse of the plan encourages you!
Good luck in your winter training and next years marathon and do"nt forget to"TRAIN HARD AND RACE EASY"
Hi all,looking forward to this marathon as you all seem to be!training starts in earnest in a couple of weeks for me!just returned from a week in turkey,gorgeous weather,took the trainers but only ran a couple of times-too hot!having ran 2 marathons already this year my training is going to involve lots more speedwork this time around and get under the 3hrs!would have done this in edinburgh if it had not been so hot! good luck to you all and keep training hard!!