Was toying with Richmond park on 18th May but a few folk on here said it was too close to Comrades so I will listen to their more experienced advice.
On the subject of overtraining and might sound like a daft question, but how do you know ?? I am running 6 days a week and have been since last October. I do appear to be on track time wise judging by recent events - Brighton Half and my Tuesday evening Time Trial is going well.......but I had a horrendous run on Sunday - Steying Stinger half. Could only do the half as saving myself for Brighton as a biggy for me (50th mara on 50th birthday). Steyning was so, so muddy and probably a big issue in why my legs felt so tired. It was my slowest ever half and I was exhausted. I did then run a further 7 miles on the flat to nearest train station, to get my miles in.
I am doing Worthing 20 this Sunday and am after a time. Thing is, I am kind of after two things - I want a sub 4 at Brighton for pen time at Comrades (I have sub 4's already to my name) so am focussing on training for that BUT am also running the 6 day Comrade schedule.......I am planning on going for my desired time at Worthing 20 then for the next 4 weeks really almost stepping back into a short marathon plan to ensure I am fresh as I can be for Brighton....then all things being well....will step back into Comrades plan. Does that make sense ???? Last year I used Brighton as a training run but it is really quite important to me this year for a number of reasons.
RR - last year was my first year and the furtherest I ran was 36 miles at Crawley Track - flat as a pancake - and I was o.k. I had wanted to do Compton 40 but I was unable to in the end. The advice I got last year was to really concentrate on running 6 days a week and back to back running at the weekend, with Monday off. I think the focus was running on tired legs and building stamina - I know lots of folk do different things but it worked for me.I also squeezed in a weekend of double marathons - Bewl Water followed by 3 Forts the next day. Deffo a challenge and it was tough, but I managed it and took both quite easy. This year I have not really found a double weekend that is close enough to home to really do.
I am mix-matching two training plans - same as I did last year. Alsoranrunners one and the Comrades Bronze plan.
Sort of Comrade related and wanted to share. Just received confirmation that my number for Brighton marathon has been confirmed as being '5050' as requested by myself. Brighton will - fingers crossed - be my 50th marathon and it just so happens to fall on my 50th birthday. I did my 49th at Beachy last year and have been patient and been waiting for Brighton so I can get back on the marathon treadmill.....so to speak. I am also going to use Brighton for my Comrades pen time which is currently 4.07 from New Forest last year with a dodgy Achilles and is there if I need it, but I really need a sub 4 which I will try my hardest to get at Brighton. So, sort of Comrades related and very exciting I think.