Hey Just Coop Going - nice to see a fellow Coops on the thread! Snap - also will be my third marathon and hoping to get sub-4. Also RRR so we have our own sub-4 gang to rival the 3.30 gang (I fear it may be some years before I'm ready to join that team!
Life has most definitely got in the way recently and I haven't managed to get out for a run since last Wednesday. Put our house on the market last Monday and also found out we've finally reached the top of the (very very) long waiting list and been allocated an annual lease for a Beach Hut down by Sandbanks so the last fortnight has been mentally buys with prepping the house for sale (it's amazing what you realise you've been living with when you look at your property through strangers' eyes) and fitting out the beach hut etc. I will make it out tonight for a six miler even if it means I'm plodding the streets of Poole at midnight .
Have decided to take the previous advice of adding extra 20 milers to my schedule this time round. At this year's Manchester Marathon I kept perfect 9.09 minute miles to bring me home on 4 hours right through to mile 18 when my legs started fading and ended coming home at 4hr 10 so I think for me, pacing isn't the issue so much as endurance. I definitely walked less and had more in the tank for the last few miles this time round compared to my first marathon the previous year and I put that down entirely to a much tougher training schedule. I did 3 x 20 milers plus 1 x 19 miler and 1 x 17 miler as my five peak long runs for this year, so I'm thinking for the new schedule, build up the miles earlier and switch the 19 & 17 milers to 20s if possible. Need to find a spare ten mins to sit down with my calender and last year's training schedule and plan it all out. I can't do the whole 'make up the schedule as you go along with just key long runs scheduled' as I need to have a spreadsheet stuck to my fridge with a red pen ready to tick them all off! What can I say, I'm a planner
Still running in my shorts at the mo - holding on in there!
Hey RRR - I was wondering if you'd be back for another crack at it. I'm going for the sub 4 again - got tantalisingly close last time with 4.10 so fingers crossed... I'm going to do the same plan i followed last time i think - the Hal Higdon Intermediate II. Not sure if you remember, but that's the one where you do two big runs at the weekend with Saturday's mileage being half the distance of Sunday's LSR to get your legs used to running when they're already tired (ie max was 10 miles on Sat and 20 miles on Sun). Was tough at the time but my legs definitely kept their strength for longer during those last few miles and i walked substantially less than the previous year.
Just back from family holiday to Lanzarote and after a generally manic and over-indulgent August, I'm heading out later for my first run in almost four weeks. Am extremely nervous
Wow - there are quite a few of us from this year's thread that look like we're coming back for another bite at it! I was toying for ages between doing Manchester again in 2015 - this time with the family fingers crossed (as my daughter got badly ill the day before this year's race so I ended up having to come up by myself and feeling like a terrible mother for the weekend), or going for the Seville Marathon.
Very tempted by Seville as it's similarly flat but obviously more exotic! Only problem is it's much earlier - February - and I have so much going on at the end of this year as my sister is getting married up in Manchester and I'm Maid of Honour so what with dress fittings, hen weekends and the event itself (and although I grew up in Altrincham, I'm now based on Poole so not local!), I don't think I'd feasibly be able to fit the mileage in that I'd need to in November/December.
So have plumped for Manchester again this year so I can start the formal training schedule in December after the wedding of the year is done with and might do Seville in 2016 instead.
I wonder who else will join the thread fro last year - I ran the last few miles through Carrington and Urmston with ExEggchaser and he well and truly got me through that section.
A lot of people (myself included) stayed at the Travelodge in Altrincham. It's about £21 per night for a family room and you can get the Metro into Old Trafford from there. That's right on the halfway mark too so great for family/friends who can wait for you there to cheer you on at the halfway mark and then hop on the tram to the finish line. I'll most likely be doing that again next year.