Well it won't be over until this fat lady hangs up her trainers and I'm not doing that too soon. I have been doing some carb loading with the hope of hitting the 20 mile mark tomorrow morning. Niggles from earlier in the week have eased off and I have a sports massage booked for Wednesday. I've just ordered another box of Clif Shots too, so must be feeling optimistic!
Thanks Pipski, Fiod2Dogs and Nose Nowt ! I won't give up yet then - only 5 weekends to go before the big race, so with two to taper and the Cambridge Half on 9th March, I have two opportunities to get that longer run in either side.
Fuel wise I'm overweight anyway, which probably doesn't help, but have been using Clif Shots (one at 6./7 miles, one at 12/13 miles) and a bowl of porridge before - no stranger to eating! And I've had a SiS electrolyte tablet in my water bottle. I could probably be more clever in my day to day diet and get that low GI food loaded more.
Thanks for your words of wisdom. Good luck Pipski with your first marathon. 19 is brilliant!
I've run for about 3.5 years, 10 half marathons and can squeeze them in at 1:55 at my very best. Having signed up for my first marathon (Greater Manchester - the flattest) I've found I'm struggling to increase distance. I managed 18 miles a few weeks ago and felt great. I was raring to go the following weekend planning 20 miles, but had a cold coming on, went out too fast and on more hills than I expected and just completely ran out of juice at 15 miles. Last Saturday I took it much more slowly and gently but my thighs were killing me and I had to stop at 16 miles feeling like something was going to give. I'm keeping my mid week runs going.
I will have another go at 20 miles and am hoping to get a sports massage in too.
My question is if I can't get another run in more than 18 miles, should I give up on Manchester or have I done enough to get round in under 5 hours (I was hoping for about 4h30m)?