Well done Ady. It must be a great feeling afterwards knowing all the hard work paid off. I'm doing the Manchester marathon on the 28th and its my first one. I'm aiming for a 4.30-4.45 time. I've been training since last September and whilst I'm nervous I feel as strong as ever. I've managed niggles along the way but I know I'm on the verge of something big. Last 20 miler on Sunday before taper. Can't wait! Did you not feel tired after running two days immediately before the marathon? I'm a bit afraid to do it.
I'm also training for GMM and its my first one. Up to 19 miles and doing 20 on Sunday before a 2 week taper. I've missed a couple of midweek runs but making sure I go long at weekend. I feel stronger than ever and looking just to finish but got my mind set on a 4.30 marathon. Done 19 miles in 3 hrs 15 so it will be tight to beat 4-30. Training on hills all the time but the marathon is flat so I think we will find it easier. You've done all the hard work now just taper and your legs will be fresh for manchester. Good luck. Are you joining one of the pacing groups?
Steven, I have also done the last 3 manchester 10k runs too and my best time is 50 minutes so it sounds like your much faster than me. I must say though that I am doing similar weekly mileage to you at 25-30 miles but have stopped focussing on times. I think it depends how you feel each day and so I try to just increase the length of my long run every week or so by a couple of miles. I ran 15.2 miles into work from Bolton to Manchester last Friday and felt great (but tired) when I had done it. I am doing it again this Friday but will just try to enjoy it rather than beat myself up on time as if I do that I feel less pressure and I would be disappointed if I didnt beat my last time. I have read that trying to push for pace can result in injuries and that is the last thing that I want now we are so close after all the training. I just want to get to the start line and if I do in a fit state, I am pretty sure nothing will stop me from finishing.