Main problem in VLM was slow down in latter miles. Time was 2nd best out of 8 marathons, so should be fairly pleased really...but my body did start giving up towards the end and I wasn't mentally strong enough to push myself through the pain. I sort of gave up.
Miles: Dec 205, Jan 315, Feb 311, Mar 411, Apr 232.
Two races in build up, a trail half and a 10k.
Followed P&D 70-85 schedule almost to the letter, but did add miles in 3 weeks mainly through doubles to get them to 100mi, not sure if this was wise or not. Not sure what I could do differently to stop the fade in the latter miles, more long runs? more long runs+MP? progression long runs finishing at LT? more long runs day after hard sessions when fatigued?
One thing I need to do is wear the right trainers, need to practice long runs in race day trainers to see if any issues. I wish could get wide fitting race trainers, they might help with the toe and blood blister issues...but I also had cramping in calfs so need to look at gait, heeldrop etc.
Another thing is be more realistic with pace, and try for even pace more, i.e don't go off too fast even if some miles are downhill.
More strength training would probably help...weights, core work, hills.
Also - the elephant in the room - age. I'm going to be 46 soon. So, I'm probably not going to get much faster, but maybe there is something I could do...something different to P&D that would help.
Not sure if will run a marathon next spring - will leave that decision to later in the year. Not sure if will follow P&D yet, may make up my own...but whenever I draw up my schedule I always over do it and probably make it too hard. But, if do my own I can review and revise as I go along.