Well thank you all again, am getting the picture now and not meaning to be cheeky, but you all know so much more than I do about how to improve, could anyone of you write me a training plan for the actual marathon training, I've looked at so many lately,and just not sure which would suit me, my club nights are Tuesday and thursday and we usually run 6 miles, or would be grateful if someone could recommend one please. Thank you all again ....
I did a total of 436 miles, your figures are very impressive and having digested this lnfo I have to take your advice. I know I need to do more long runs during training, this was my major downfall but still not sure I would have made the sub 5 hour target, but i'll never know! I occasionally do my local park run - did it this morning in fact just for a change - thank you again for your advice, it's been really helpful. Good luck to you too..
Cougie, and everyone else who has taken the time to repky really - First of all can I stress that I have been running for 7 years so I'm not a beginner or an inexperienced runner. My fastest half marathon was 2:04 and my slowest 2:16. Before I began the marathon training this year i was averaging 25 miles per week, during the training the most i did was 44 miles. I followed a schedule with three long runs in weeks 10,11 and 12 of 18 miles, 20 miles and 18miles. Unfortunately I was ill with stomach bug for two consecutive weekends so could only manage two 18 miles and a 16 and I know myself this wasnt enough. By mile 9/10 of the actual marathon I felt terrible, I started to slow down i really believed I wouldnt be able to finish. I wasnt in a good state mentally and it was only through sheer determination that I finished. I didnt enjoy it and I was very disappointed with my performance. I really want to do it again next year but I need to be much better prepared, hence the request for advice. Its great that everyone's taking an interest and I really appreciate you taking your time to reply and give me advice but I'm confused again now, as there seems to be conflicting advice. I don't expect my biking and swimming to make me faster, i jst thought that i could use that for cross training and it would increase the strength in my legs slightly. I know I have got a 4:30 marathon in me - HELP!!
Thanks for your reply and advice - and I agree with what you say - I do run with a club but am very motivated if I know what I have to do - I just needed advice on how and when to start. Thanks again, you.ve been very helpful.
Thanks to everyone else for their advice too, I obviously wasnt clear on getting my point across.