Quick check in - thanks for the good luck everyone! Well it was great conditions and a great course for a fast time, but I didn't have it in me - had a mediocre run and ended up with 3.35. I'll post warts and all when I get the time to do so!
Kiwi - thats good its coming back down. You have built up quite quickly to some much longer long runs recently - maybe you should hold back on the runs over 10 miles a bit and concentrate on getting 3 quality sessions in each week?
Quick check in from me - its been an extreme taper cos I'm only just starting to shift this cold - at least my legs should be fresh right? I'm away now and should be able to check in again on Wednesday to let you know how I got on! I'll try not to be shit, but I've got a feeling its inevitable!
Thanks for the 'advice' you lot - so I'm to go out harder than i probably should, and 'adjust my pace' after 15 miles if its too fast... That'll be easy! Have any of you actually done a marathon before??!!??
OK, I know you know I was going to ignore the advice anyway and go for 3.20 pace, but thats not the point!!!
kiwi - next Saturday. Still not feeling right, come on immune system...
Glad you are learning to love the 3 runs a week - 30 miles a week with lots of quality is great training.
On the race 2 weeks before, I'd say definitely yes - I find the more races I do the better I can work out what pace I'm good for on marathon day and the more confident I am. I know this has worked out well for Col too - I think his last few ones he's run a half 2 weeks before a marathon. Although, I would also say hold off this if theres any chance of irritating a niggle, or if you have a history of your calf exploding 2 weeks before a big race (sorry barry... )
oompa - ah, I understand now! Its Reykjavik. Cant wait - they have a huge party after the marathon and I get to soak in a hot spring for free the next day. Thats my kind of marathon!
Although, I'm not gonna lie, I've got a feeling this one is going to be mentally challenging. I've been deliberating over paces, and being honest with myself and if I get rid of this cold 3.30 is probably realistic. However, I wanted to attempt 3.15 here (nowhere near) or at least a PB (3.23), so I'm pretty sure I'm going to go for 3.20 pace and see how long I can hold it. I'm in better shape now than for VLM when thats what I did - I ran at 3.20 pace for 16 miles then shuffled at 10min miles for the rest, but probably not as good shape as when I ran 3.23 - when I did a really even paced strong run.
What do you guys think? Push the pace and risk crashing in a blaze of glory, or give up on a PB but give myself the chance of staying strong to the end?
So, the law of taper has decreed that as its a week before a marathon, its time to have a cold. Thanks law of taper. Thanks a lot.
The sportive on Sunday was super wet - no way to not be totally soaked through, we were sluicing through calf deep water and the drains were exploding like fountains. I was pootling round with a few friends way back in the pack and just wasnt going fast enough to stay warm. That usually makes me ill, so I left my friends to ride on, hopped to another part of the course to shorten my ride and joined a fast pack for a fast and furious 25 miles back. Ah yeah. Didn't stop me getting ill though.
Goddamn. At least my legs will be fresh when I eventually get back to running...