FRC - I am having trouble with my HR monitor. My theoretical HR max is 163 (I am 57) but even during my slower sessions I am getting a reading of over 166! I think I need to calibrate it by doing a tough hill session and finding what my real HR max is (as read by my HR monitor). In the meantime I am using the monitor to see how my heart rate changes with exercise/over time.
As I have no real bench mark to work against I am having to guess (a bit) how fast to run my long sessions. Hence running at 10 mm pace which is 1 m/m slower than my proposed marathon pace and 2 m/m slower than when I got my PB at Edinburgh. I am relying on educated guess work and 10 years of marathon training experience to guide me through this.
It is the first time I have tried this approach. Previously I ran all my long runs at close to marathon pace. I feel like I am putting a lot of trust in theory, although everyone says it is the way to go. I still feel like it is a leap of faith!
So my overall approach will be a hybrid one. After London next year I may well do all my base training led by HR training methods. But first of all I have a marathon to run and I can only rely on my instincts and experience to do it in a way with which I am comfortable.
Double ups - now that is serious. Not even in my crazy days back in 2007/8 did I ever run twice in a day. I know a woman who would certainly have something to say on the matter. Hopefully she will be well enough to comment soon!