Been lurking about on this thread after some early posts.
London in three weeks’ time and now I am in a panic. Last twenty mile run was a disaster. Got to 16 miles then had to run walk the last four miles. Seemed to just come to a halt. Not sure if I hit the wall or what, but it seemed like I couldn’t get my breathing back under control and get the oxygen in.
Now I am not sure what to do with regards to the race. I realise I am now in the tapering weeks and there is nothing to be gained by increasing the mileage during this period but I am not sure whether to reduce my target for the race.
I am doing the up to 55 mile schedule. This was however my fourth twenty miler as I managed to convert the eighteen mile run about four weeks ago to a twenty mile. I also started the schedule a few weeks early and repeated week thirteen till the schedule caught up so I have a few extra 16 mile runs.
I managed to know 4 minutes of my HM pb at Reading a few weeks ago so thought training was going well.
So do I put this run down to a “bad run” or should I reassess my goals?
Only other thing I can think of note with last week’s training is I had to abort the VO2 run half way through the 1.2 km reps so redid the whole VO2 run the following day.
I ran New York last year, although only my second marathon so cannot compare really with other major events.
I went with one of the tour companies on a flight and entry only but then booked a room in the same hotel as one of their packages. I think I got the room for the cost of the tour companies “two sharing” price.
The tour company organised coaches to the start line. Was a little queue getting through the metal detectors and into the village but other than that seemed relatively painless.
Baggage reclaim was easy enough. Was a bit of a walk to the trucks but picked my bag up with no waiting. You can leave the park quicker with the no baggage option but this has to be specified in advance.
Then was a simple walk to the edge of the park and down to the hotel. Only real issue was I was frozen by then.
Tour company took us on a 5km jog on the Friday to see the finish line and show where the baggage trucks would be. Only down side to the flights and entry only was that you had to make your own way to and from the airport which is no real biggy.