As you say, J Swizzle, there's not much difference between 2:50:xx and 2:49, so you may be best to see how it's going in the first half and then push it up a little in the 2nd half. Nothing like a negative split and flying past people in the latter stages of a marathon!
5 mile reps done tonight. Backed off the pace a little (6:30 averages) to conserve energy and loved it. Very relaxed run in the rain. This taper is making me hungry, though - constantly nibbling…and not all healthy stuff either!!
J Swizzle - no, it doesn't really change my race plan…I still don't think I have enough medium-long/ marathon-paced runs. Typing the 5 mile time into McMillan did give a sub-3 prediction, though, so my brain may tempt me to start off faster on the day.
Several family members and work colleagues are getting bugs and I'm off work this morning with a sick child. Typical!!
Thanks, J Swizzle - the massage did pay off. Came 1st lady in the 5 miler and won nearly enough for my next massage, which I'll have on Wednesday. Time was 30:27 - happy enough with that as it was almost a minute faster than 5 weeks ago (but still 40 secs off PB). The only drawback was that I also got some wine…which was promptly opened last night, despite me saying that no alcohol would be consumed before Abingdon! Good job I'm not actually taking the marathon so seriously that I can't change my mind on this!
Good work on the 12 miles - no surprise about the tired legs after the 10k. I'm jogging a short one today, speedwork tomorrow, resting Wednesday, 8 miles with some MP on Thursday and then rest on Friday. Then, hopefully, a speedy parkrun and then back off even more from then on. Exciting!