Advice needed please. I was listening to the Comrades podcast by their official coach - he says your last hard marathon should be no later than the first week of March. So, do I run London as a training run, or run it hard as I had planned to do? Is the time from London to Comrades enough recovery?
I'm quite torn at the moment - I love being around you all, and on those good days, you all inspire me. Often though, all of your achievements and capabilities make me feel pretty inferior and, quite frankly, a bit of a "running fraud". Sure. I can tell myself that it's all about personal achievement. We're all (mostly) seeking to just compete our own achievements. But again that's on my good days.
In many ways I wish I could return to the exhilarating achievements of when I first took up running - first 20 mins without stopping, first 5km, first 10km...
You can. Ditch all the high tech gadgetry and meaningless Garmin numbers that no-one knows what they mean anyway, and just go run. Who cares how fast? Or what your cadence is? Or what your vertical oscillation is? It's all nonsense. Keep your eyes on what's around you and don't give even a passing though to mechanics, form, speed, breathing or anything else. Run like a child.
TD - 2 weeks coffee free is not fun, especially the first few days. But the research clearly shows a much more pronounced benefit to the caffeine in the race if done that way. Bu thou have to avoid all caffeine, not just cut down, else you will not desensitize your receptors.
Although I said no to Strava, I did peek a look...... and that pace analysis distribution is awfully nice...
The idea is to give up all caffeine for 2 weeks before the marathon - that included chocolate, coffee, coke, cold medicine etc. Then, an hour before the race, take either a caffeine tablet or a really good hit of coffee - as it will take an hour to absorb and reach high enough plasma volume, and then use caffeine gels in the race. The caffeine deprivation will increase your sensitivity to caffeine. Worked for me.
I managed a 10 miler today, with 5 of those miles comprised of 0.25 mile repeats of 5 - 6 min/miles. Nearly killed me at that speed but its fun to look back at . When I "cooled down" at marathon pace it felt pretty slow.