Hi Victor, I've found I have 2 problems with preparing mental strategies: 1) is that I start using them too early in the race and so get bored with them and 2) is that I always seem to make up a better one on the day ie the prepared ones I've thought will work, don't and a new one just comes to me. What are your thoughts? Thanks
Hi PETE, i know this came up a while back, but on Paris I just wanted to say that before i did it I was really anti having Km markers & not miles, and had to totally eat my words afterwards as I found it really helpful having more regular checks on my pacing. You've got your MP translated into kms so it's the same thing, you just get to check it more. I was a complete convert afterwards!
Question for STEVE on my last few long runs before London - you may remember I asked about doing rome marathon 4 weeks out from London- I ran it with 16 miles at MP (6.45) then slowed, including walking 36-40km to reduce the impact on my legs (shame that was the only 4km of crowds who didn't like to see someone walk!...) then yesterday I did 16 miles at quicker than MP, averaging 6.37 (although I had an embarrassing 6.08 first mile & unsurprisingly slowed down). So this w/e I'm planning 16 tapered down long run but with 10 miles at MP- sound good?! Then the week before London I'm entered in the "Coniston 14" - I was happy to run an easy 13.8 (actual distance) the week before, but due to previous flood damage, the race has now been extended to "14+" which is about 16.7 miles. I don't want to compromise my main goal of London, so was thinking of running only about 10/12 miles (slight shame as I keep entering this race and never managing to do it but London is my focus so I will do whatever I need to achieve my best there).
Good luck PETE - well done staying focused through all the hardships, and although I'm not "spicing up" the thread, hope these questions are relevant to others too.
Steve, Peter's question about pacing Brighton half made me think of a similar dilemma I have. Not ideal I know, but for various reasons I'm entered into Rome marathon on 20 March. London on 17 April is my main goal & so my aim for running in Rome is only to help my London training as much as possible and definitely not to upset it. What would your advice be for how to tackle this eg few miles at marathon pace (how many & where?), long run slowly, stop and walk/ stop completely & leave the course after x number of miles?
Hi Ruth, like many endurance women I've got low iron (ferritin measured at only 8 last April). Although I was taking in recommended levels of iron through a veg/ fish diet, it wasn't being absorbed. I've since started eating red meat & taking supplement (Ferrograd C twice a week). I wanted to ask: (a) what ferritin levels you think are minimum for marathon training, (b) how often I should have repeat blood tests to check, (c) how long to continue with supplement (may be connected to a & b!)
Also, how to balance recovery with not gaining weight - how do you balance sports drinks, gels and bars as well as meals without going overboard?