Can I ask the same question about swimming? I've been injured recently so have been trying to keep up by fitness in other ways, esp swimming. And whilst I'm obviously climbing the walls about not running, I'm really starting to love swimming. I read somewhere that 1 mile of swimming is about 8 miles of running (usual caveats about intensity etc), but I'm not sure esp as for me the swim takes about 40 mins.
Just curious - either way swimming is now very much going to be part of my marathon training.
Ok - you've convinced me that I'll cope with summer training and won't simply wilt. I've had it in my head that I'm better with winter training, but when out with my club last night, I did think that some runs during the long summer evenings will be very pleasant and will mean that I don't have to always do the long run at the weekend. Already thinking about routes to run home from work (about 15 miles) and I've joined a new club recently since moving house and they tell me they do some decent trail runs over the summer so that will keep it interesting.
I did the VLM in 4h.56 which I was disappointed with. I know I'm a plodder, but I also know that I trained to be a plodder then by churning out lots and lots of slow miles and getting obessed with mileage rather than quality sessions. I'm pretty clueless about recovery too, but at least now I'm aware that I'm clueless rather than thinking that marathon training was about lots of running. Again - this is where I know my new club will be a real asset as they are a fast bunch (but completely lovely and friendly) so tempo and interval sessions with them will mix it up better.
So I've signed up for a couple of winter muddy run races varying between 6 - 10 miles and then I'll test myself at Bath HM to see where I'm at.
Can I join the party? I remembered to check my spam at the weekend and found the email telling me I had made it in. Did my first and so far only marathon at the VLM in 2010 and was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months later so I decided that I needed a new goal for next year to a) prove to myself I can still do and b) ensure that autumn is remembered for something positive rather than non-stop hospital stays and c) to celebrate 5 years of living.
Still not sure that doing the long runs over the summer is a good idea, but loving the idea that Berlin is flat, fun and this year was a cool crisp day.
Plan for the winter is to get back into a good running routine, lose some weight and look at some spring HMs.