It was hard and it's given me masses of confidence for a GFA and a BQ (but doubt I'd ever get in). I totally understand that for some people GFA really in not attainable but for some it really is a case of applying yourself. I though sub 4 was as good as I could ever be and really I've shown myself that I basically want trying anywhere near hard enough. There is a better solution for London than this, I'm sure, but I doint have the answers. I hate the fact that they send out a magazine that could easily be electronic. Everyone would know at the same time on top of the environmental impact too. Some races email the race instructions now as Loch Ness did.
Couldn't disagree more with GFA not being attainable. I'm not talented or have some magic running genes. I've lost weight, trained hard, read advice, talked to people, trained some more and missed my GFA at Loch Ness this year by 2 minutes 3 seconds. I'll get that soon and have a GFA. It has to be difficult or everyone would get one. I'm going to get rejection mag for the fourth time but I'll just find some other marathons and chase a GFA for 2016.
It's the race I want to do and the training run thing is just my way of saying I have to slow down. I want number 2 and I'd rather DNF than ruin that. I'm planning to be very careful after talking to people who have done similar and some have blown number 2 because they went out far to strong in number 1.I'm waiting to talk to someone who's done the Brathay 10 in 10 and although they're better than me it's all relative so hopefuly their advice will be useful over such an intense event. Thanks for the comments, taking them all in.
I agree. I'm using a 3:45 plan but really using more as a rough mileage indicator and long run gauge. I'm running off feel and if I feel great I run faster and if I'm fatigued or have a niggle I have a slower run. Maybe thats the actual answer, run on feel and forget target paces the same for the race as the training. Can keep an eye on it but put more focus on effort levels.
Sorry FerrousFerret just caught your post after I replied. I've run 3 marathon and numerous half marathons,10K's etc., so not as inexperienced as I was. I know what you mean about the timings. The plan for the first marathon is to do 20 mile long run at a really slow pace and then potentially adopt a run/walk or jog for the last 10K taking it really easy. Going to get out next day if only for a couple of miles. The focus is on marathon number 2. The first really is a long run. Plenty do a 20 mile race before marathon so hoped if I could control the rest it wouldn't be too bad. Do you agree or still think it's risky?