January 2011: First run (less than 100m, knackered) Summer 2011: 4:37 (ish) (a couple of 20 mile runs, hilly, off road, chain smoked half a packet of fags before and after) Spring 2012: 3:42 (runner's world plan, given up smoking) Spring 2013: 3:18 (p&d 55) Autumn 2013: 3:08 (p&d 55) Spring 2014: 2:59:20 (p&d 70, 3 stone lighter)
Editted because I dared to use a less than sign...
LFR - aside from a very slow jog with a friend tonight I am having this week off.
I have done the multiple marathon plan twice now, last spring in Rome I missed my a-goal and got my b-goal dying on my arse around mile 20, as I had my b-goal I went for my a-goal in Edinburgh and failed in exactly the same way.
Last autumn in Bournemouth I failed in all goals and walked 2 miles, after following the multiple marathon plan and applying some more sensible pacing I got my b-goal comfortably in Nice/Cannes.
In both cases I think it did a very good job of preserving my race fitness and if you want to go at Edinburgh the same way you went at Manchester (or perhaps a little harder at mile 25) it will get you ready for it.
As I've hit my a-goal and currently have no intention of running Edinburgh hard I am tempted to take a break, put my copy of P&D away and just coast through the next 6 weeks...
Wenty - last autumn I did a full P&D much more accurately to the book than I did this time and I walked the last 2 miles of Bournemouth in. I have a couple of excuses but yes, I have trained properly for a marathon and blown up, that's part of the reason I stepped up to the 70 mile per week P&D this year.
mace - if his PB was 2:45 that probably explains why he was pacing the way he was, we were talking about how fortunate it was that he was slowing for the hills and not just running a constant pace up and down. If your PB is much faster the temptation must be just to run the whole thing at constant pace.
"The fastest marathon dressed as a bottle (male) is 3 hr 39 min 25 sec and was achieved by Mark Wilding (Canada) at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 16 October 2011."
I think I can take that down - I just need to find a beer bottle to wear.