Ali - thanks. And understood. As you say My HM time (1:54) suggests 4h is possible. I realise that it doesn't equate quite like that though. And at the moment it doesn't feel quite attainable. That said, I can't goi into this with a target of say 4:08!!! Got to be 3:59:59!!!!!!
Thanks for feedback re chest infection. Certainly haven't shaken it off completely but feel 90percent. Didn't feel I suffered today due to heart and lung problems. Felt more like very very stiff joints. Don't really understand it to be honest. I've done about 8+ 15+miles, including three of 20 or more. Today was way the hardest. Maybe it was a bit more undulating than my normal flat course.
On my. That was hard. Took me 4h17m to do 22.5 miles. The last couple were very hard. Started out at 10min miles. Ended with 12min 30s. Did first 13 miles in 2h25m so pretty slow given I've done a HM in 2h4m six weeks ago. Turns out I couldn't even maintain that pace for next 10 miles.
This answers a lot if questions. Pointless me trying for 4h30m. Just can't maintain that pace in second half. May adjust to an uninspiring 5h target. I wouldn't have even made that today.
Hi guys. Not been on this thread before. Been checking the forums more and more as I get closer to my first marathon. Doing my L'est S'est R today. March hasnt been great as I lost a couple of weeks through illness. Even today I have woken with the symptoms of a mild cold and still have nagging cough from my chest infection. I will soldier on
I read these threads and see lots of people sticking closely to plans. Makes me worry (I've winged it. Aimed for one LSR per week plus 3 or 4 other runs of 4-10 miles with the 4-7 mile runs either done with speed bursts or as flat out tempo runs).
But bumped into a couple of people recently who are doing the VLM too. One has only run 13 mile due to a knee problem. The other only. Done 11 miles. Having said that he is a young guy who competed at county level. Still think he may struggle.
Anyway hope I get through my 22 miles today and then get well through my taper.
Im running london as my first marathon. Training was going well up until two weeks ago. I was doing 4 or 5 run s aweek and had got up to 20 miles...but then i got the virus thats going around. feeling ok in myself now but just been given antibiotics as i have a chest infection. So last two weeks (and the next week) will have done next to nothing.
Really confused as to what to do in last month of training. I am thinking i should try to get two hard weeks in and then taper for two. If i just run the last week in march and then normal 3 week taper, im concerned that wont be enough for the day.
Help? what should i do, assuming i am ok to run again from from Monday 18th?
Focus on speed work? Longer runs?, and when should i taper?