TR - when I run sub 2:50 after this weekend's 1:31 will you revise your thinking?
I think you are right that it's easier to run a good half, but that's because most people cock up the marathon. Wrong sort of training, set off too fast, not enough miles, shit in your toaster or just bottle it.
Less pressure in a half, lots of chances to do another one.
HR - I did a 77 min half about 4 weeks prior to that blistering hot, sweltering, humid, tropical day that was VLM 2007. I did 2:42 that day, which may have been a world record under normal conditions.
You may never get this fit ever again.
I saw a picture of Overall getting his Reading trophy. I can't believe how happy he looked. If I had the catalogue of abject failure he had in the events that matter I think id have a haunted, permanently miserable look. That's what is so terribly sad. As long as he's getting some funding, free Gatorade and first class travel then why bother knuckling down?
Can't believe HR allowed that bald Tory boy (who despite his catalogue of failure and impending shelf stacking job in Aldi seems to have been bragging about flying first class and ridiculing poor people) to win the Reading Half!
Looks like I'll have to slay the useless wuss once again in London.
1:31 on my Haweswater Half comeback yesterday. Clearly a little bit of work to be done in the next six weeks.
A couple of things on fuelling:
1. I don't go along with this "teaching your body to burn less carbs" stuff. I think (from what I remember I have read in the past) as you get better trained with long miles etc your fat burning will naturally improve. However, trying to run without carbs will not teach your body anything.
2. Whether you need to eat before a long run is likely to be a mental need rather than physical I'd have thought. If you've eaten a normal meal the night before you will likely wake up with enough carbs in your muscles and carbs in your liver to keep you going 16-22 miles if you don't eat. What will eating do for you if you don't run further? It's not going to affect the early part of the run unless you've got some sort of insulin issue I wouldn't have thought?