2 months - ah!! 2 months to lose another stone, get a core of steel and double my pace.
Minnie/Jason - great to hear the training is going well and yes it's a big month ahead and the long runs do take over our lives.
I managed my half marathon challenge at the weekend where I did 4 laps of a some country lanes near me with my personal drinks stations stashed in hedges and the like. Really pleased that I managed to wind it up slowly and get faster and faster and actually it ended up being my 4th fastest half marathon time. So that has given me a stack of confidence going into the long slow runs.
I have a real half marathon planned for end of Aug (Severn Bridge) so will do a mini-taper for that as it will hopefully give me some decent pacing data to work with. Now to work on the endurance - am getting very intimate with my local cycle path.
Well done all - I was expecting to be fed up of the training by now, but I'm really enjoying it at the moment. I get quite excited about filling in my training spreadsheet with successful runs and planning my week. When did I become such a running bore?
I'm following a RW plan as much as possible and my mileage is a lot lower than the rest of you, but I know I'll fall apart otherwise and spent most of Feb and March injured with plantar fasciitis so am probably a bit cautious. When I trained for London back in 2010 (my only other marathon), I just ran lots of miles and I think I got slower and slower. I know it's not rocket science for you seasoned runners, but the concept of hard and easy runs is making a lot of sense and giving me stacks of confidence rather than just feeling more and more tired.
Going to do a bit of a half marathon time trial this weekend (not a race, but on a course I know) to see how I'm doing - will head out a little quicker than MP and see how it goes, hopefully winding up for a positive spilt.
My training plan was intervals last night - 12x200m with 1 min recovery. I was feeling really chuffed with myself as I felt I worked very hard and was very consistent with my pacing.
Then I came back and read the posts from yesterday on this thread. My avg pace for my 200m (which really was as fast as possible to the point of gasping for breath) was 7.30min/m pace. And PhilPub is planning to run 26.2 miles faster than my "balls out " sprint for 1 minute. Fair play to you!
Good job I'm only competitive with myself. I also have to remind myself that the slow runners at the back like me get better value for money at races as we are out there for longer.
8 miles slow tonight - am working in Edinburgh this week so can do my favourite run around Arthur's Seat which always cheers me up.