Iansi - I think it's a personal decision and the key point is how you feel, in my opinion. If you're feeling strong and in good shape at the moment I don't see any reason why you shouldn't have just a 2 week taper. For me, I'm feeling really good at the moment so tomorrow I am doing another 20 mile run that will include some MP miles; this will be my 6th run of 20 or more and some people will argue that that is too many. I agree but my argument is that I'm feeling great and have been learning to listen to my body over the last couple of years and if I wasn't feeling as good as I do then I wouldn't risk it. My taper will also be a bit different from the norm. Next week, I wont do anymore than 20 miles compared to my 45/50 this week ('normal' convention is to reduce weekly mileage by 25%ish. Week 2 of taper I will increase a little to say 30 miles and the final week I will do no more than about 12 miles over 2/3 runs. If you feel that you are doing the right thing and you are in good shape then I say do what you think is best for you.
Chicksta – wise words indeed. Providing I’ve got my plan sorted before race day I will follow it. I think you’re also right about my pace but I will see how tomorrows run goes before deciding. I don’t suppose I will learn a great deal about the pace I want to run during taper time.
Sense – yep, it’s a nice problem to have. In life in general I’m a pretty careful sort of person but I seem to take on a different personality when I’m running a marathon, hence my wanting to set myself a pretty tough target. My next 6 months consist of running some ultras ranging between 30-65 miles, there are 4 I’ve got my eye on. No autumn marathon for me. Next year I want to do a 100 miler so need to see if training for another spring marathon can fit in to my training plan.
TR – 30 seconds a mile faster is 13 minutes and therefore will only bring my PB down to 3:23 !! In my mind that sometimes doesn’t seem much at all for my just my second marathon. But obviously it is huge and the effort required to run 30 seconds a mile quicker is massive. Even if I settle on running at 7:45 that’s still 33 seconds a mile faster than PB.
Stewart – good to hear the massage has made you feel better. Will you have one race week as well ?
My last long run planned for tomorrow, the sixth of the plan. I’m doing 10 miles off road with a friend round Clumber Park. After that I’m hitting the roads for 10 miles of MP, between 7:30-7:45. Hopefully then I can decide on my pace for race day
I weighed myself again this morning. I've been back to eating 'normally' for 3 weeks now but have found it quite tough not to pick at crisps, cake, biscuits etc. Despite feeling pretty good I was expecting to have put weight on as I have not really been monitoring what I eat. To my surprise I've lost another couple of pounds, not sure how but happy days
Nell – I will be careful. Last year, I was able to have my plan sorted in mind a couple of days before race day and executed it exactly as I wanted. The plan is to do exactly the same this year. You skipped a cold bath !! Enjoy your rest day.
PS – I only got half way through the book before I moved on to my next one. Not sure I actually believe all that stuff, I have some good thoughts and some bad ones etc and I just deal with the decisions I make whether they are the right or wrong ones, good or bad. It would be rather boring if life ran too smoothly…Next week, couldn’t you jiggle your runs around for the 2/3 days before and after Mr PS goes away and during those 2 days focus on your core strength and exercise stuff ?
Ricky – I agree that Carl’s advice is very sound. But…..I feel in really good shape at the moment. I’ve said that this would be my last marathon as I want to focus on the longer stuff afterwards. So, it would be a shame not to take advantage of being in this shape and really going for it ! Your running is slowly but surely getting back to where you were before, as I’m sure you’re aware it will take time to build back up but you are certainly heading in the right direction. Any golf this weekend ?
Ali – if it does turn out to be shin splints I will be blaming you !! I’ve had it strapped up for 2 days and kept off my feet as much as possible in that time; fortunately I’m sat down at work all day. It felt a bit sore first thing this morning but after I took the mutts for a walk it now feels a lot better. Enjoy your ‘rest day’ at the gym !!
Tomorrow is my last session before I start to taper. I’ve got planned a 20+ miler around Clumber Park, this will be my sixth of the training plan. The first 10 I’m running off road with a friend. Subject to how the shin feels I will then either stop and go home, do another 10 easy miles on the trails or hit the roads for 10 @ 7:30ish pace. Looks like there might be a bit of rain mid-morning but otherwise a decent forecast.