I have just completed Chester Marathon, for which I trained 4 x a week. The training went well and I got round in 4:27.
I have now entered the Manchester Marathon for next April and I am considering using Furman's FIRST marathon training plan as I like the idea of training 3 days a week, it will fit in better with family life.
Does anyone have any success stories/horror stories about this plan? It does seem pretty gruelling!
well, as it turned out the 4.15 and the 4.30 pacers were really close to each other at the start line, so I positioned myself between the 2. I had the 4.15 pacer in my sights for most of the way, but my right leg kept on giving way on me between 17 and 20 miles. I was aiming for 10 minute miles all the way round, and ended up doing about 10m 10 seconds.
hmm, lots of food for thought there. I'm more inclined to set out with the 4:30 group I think and see how I get on. I can always pull away from them if needs be. I think psycologically I would struggle if I knew the 4:15 group were getting away from me. I'm doing another marathon in April so I think I'll leave the 4:15 for that It's addictive this marathon lark isn't it Thanks for the replies. x
I will be doing my 2nd marathon in a couple of weeks and I don't know how to pace it. For my first marathon my aim was to get round, which I managed in 4 hours 42 minutes. I would love to get 4h 30 for this one. My half marathon times are around 1h 55 mins and all the race predictors I've put my times into say I'm on track for around about the 4 hour mark. I doubt that very much though!
So, my question is, should I aim to be consistant all the way round, say with 10 minute miles? Or should I set out slower, at around 10.5 minute miles (that's what I've been training at) then speed up? There are pacers at the race, should I tag onto the 4h30 pacer or the 4h15? I don't want to start out too fast, maybe 4h 15 would be too fast. Arghhh! So many questions!
Any advice from experienced marathoners would be very much appreciated. I thank you