I haven't written a race report... I've been too busy doing a pub crawl. I agree with DS2 that RW training plans are excellent, however, as a relatively new runner, I still think they are a bit heavy on speed work - I still find the combination of a tempo + shorter reps session each mid-week a bit much to take on with increasing mileage, but my body tells me when to go for it, and when to hold back a bit.
That said, there is a lot to be said for quality. When I met ds2 at the expo, I had previously told him that for manchester, I only did 2 20 milers in training, and he mentioned his fastest marathon was also run off only 2 20s. P&D, gets you doinng so much mileage, that I wonder whether you have time to adapt- the adaptations are made when you rest, or do easy runs. That said, it clearly prepared you brilliantly for your first marathon
Emjay, ur gonna have to make ur decision about entering the London ballot far sooner- it opens on Tuesday... And usually fills up in a matter of hours-
in terms of recommendations- Manchester is great if ur aiming for a time- it's flat and the roads are pretty wide, so nothing like the congestioN in London. However, there are loads more marathons, and whilst getting more familiar with the distance there is no harm in exploring - are there any places in the world you've been dying to go to? Is there A marathon there?
+5.5 +ve split really is amazing Rachel!! Shows you picked exactly the right pace to start with - keeping it nice and controlled for the first part of the race!! My first marathon was 4:38 and i think my +ve split was around 30 minutes!! You've started this marathon thing with a lot of it already mastered and I'm sure you will go on to totally nail it once you've got a few more running miles under your belt. Well done again!
thanks Meldy for setting up and ur kind comments
we of course all must stick around until everyone has done their spring marathons... MK and edinburgh... Anyone else doing any others?