Millsy: I have been running 5 days/week....I was following Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 training programme but due to injury I missed lots of runs including the LSR and therefore I did not have energy to finish Paris (pulled out at Km35).
I usually run lunch time between 4-6miles then at the weekend LR depending on schedule. When following Hal Higdon's programme I would try and stick with the actual milage during the week too.
I also forgot to mention that I need to find a programme that I can try to minimise the risk of injury (don't know why).
I had an initial chat with a running coach (he is certified and is running tomorrow the VM in the Elite peloton).
I was thinking about approaching a Running Coach before I failed to complete the Paris Marathon last weekend. I had injuries and did not put on the mileage I should have in training.
For my first marathon (Berlin 2013) I followed Hal Higdon Novice 1 programme and I managed to finish it in 5h00m04s (missing the last 2 weeks of taper due to illness).
What I feel is that I need to have a programme that tells me which/how often stretch sessions every week, how many/far hill/sprint session every week, how many/far runs every week, fartleks, etc. I am basically aiming at running 6x a week now (with 1x LR at the weekend followed by a recovery run next day then 4x runs during the week)
Feeding the results/time back to the coach so he could re-structure the schedule accordingly. Maybe having some running sessions together now and then to analyse my (lack) of technique.
I feel that after 25Km I start to get a little bit tired and my pace drops.
I would love to join a running club, however I work in London and live in Herts. This means that I cannot get back in time to run with the group from my town during the week. I may have to think of joining a group nearby where I work and staying till late for a couple of days/week.
I will post another thread asking for suggesting of a training programme for the goals I want to achieve.