AWC - this comes up a lot. You have many different options, you can do what you're doing but you'll be a bit tired for the race, so you could just scrap/shorten the long run or make the race as part of the long run....or you can park run on the saturday and use that as race practice...or just do a tempo run on the saturday and don't race.....or find a longer race of 10mi to a half (or even 20mi) and just replace the long run with that. I usually do a combination of the above for the 3 tune up races scheduled in the book.
Any detriment to just shifting the long run into the midweek and leaving the sunday for cross training? This is actually what I try to do as standard as prefer to leave my weekends for more enjoyable runs/activities.
Had a strong week last week with 52 miles, 3 weights sessions and 2 yoga sessions, so feeling more confident over all even though my pace still off.
Hey, sorry to jump in so late in the thread. Been keeping an eye on this thread and looking for some advice if poss.
Following P&D for the first time, the 18/55 plan starting the 2nd mesocycle this week (officially been on it for 8 weeks but have repeated some weeks due to holidays etc) and have two main thoughts atm ....
1) Struggling to do the long runs with the marathon pace parts. I've actually resorted to just doing my long runs at my easy pace in order to complete the distance as the times I've tried with MP in I've ended up crashing. Hopefully will add some MP action in again soon.
2) The lack of intervals so far I think has impacted my HM time and this is making me nervous. I can see they come in later on but a practice HM I did at the weekend was a whopping 7 mins slower than my PB.
I've done two marathons, PB 3:56:40 (april15) and many HM, PB 1:42:20 (feb15). Next marathon is Dublin (Oct15) for which I am targeting anything sub my PB, at this point I am looking for advise/reassurance from you more experienced P&D people.
Running is not a good way to lose weight until you get to a fairly high mileage perweek,.
Past couple of years I've realised the sad truth of this. Unless you have decent will power to not indulge your hunger so you eat sufficiently less that you are running off then the weight is still an issue ... and if you had this will power you wouldn't have a weight problem in the first place. So I'm basically going to keep upping the weekly mileage until I find a level I can't eat off. (at 40 mpw atm). And I'm addicted to running and races now anyway so weight isn't the only factor.
As always, different people different things though!