I am considering a late autumn marathon to try and aim for the 3:30 that I think I should be capable of, I just wanted a race sooner than that to try and regain some confidence and stop my motivation fading between now and then.
Because my 3:46 time was only a year ago I don't think I could have lost that much endurance ability, especially because I have been training over winter, so my target for June is to get back to 3:46, or a few minutes under and I will try to pace myself on this basis. As I see it i'm just recovering my endurance ability during this time and then looking for improvements through until October.
My last training plan didn't include any mid-length runs, it was either 5-8 miles or 16-22 miles. It sounds like I might get away with putting a 13-16 mile run in mid-week, to accompany a 17-24 mile sunday run.
Choisty, I appreciate it isn't going to solve all of my problems, but I want to do as much as I can to improve my time even slightly.
Stutyr, my long runs are all quite slow, usually 9-10min miles. The second half of my marathons was always slower than the first, and my target time has always been 3:30 based on a previous half pb of 1:39 and my first half for marathons has always been around the 1:45 mark. Last weekend was uncomfortably hot, but really it wasn't even the hottest day this year.
I just completed my 3rd marathon last week and my times have got progressively and drastically worse (3:46 3:57 4:17), despite training well for this 3rd one.
From my view the only weaknesses in my training this time around was the quality and quantity of my long runs. As a guide I ran a 1:31 half marathon pb 4 weeks before my 4:17 marathon, and felt like I could have gone faster.
I've signed up for my next marathon on June 23rd to try and turn around this downward trend and I want to get as many long runs in as possible during this time.
I've set myself a target of 3:45, so I don't think speed work is too important in the next 6 weeks.
Bearing all of this in mind; could I shape my training plan around 2 long runs a week and only gentle recovery runs in between?