I'm doing the VLM and still praying it rains hard to get rid of the snow, I hate running indoors. You seem to be doing well with ur plan so far. My schedule is close to the RW one, same principle but with work etc, I'm have to fit it in when I can. Fortuately Sundays are free.
In prep for London I'm going to enter a few Kent races and maybe the thamesside training runs. I'm hoping for sub 3.30 and in my speed session today I was doing 7.20 pace- Just to think you have to run that all the way round. I'm secretly starting to worry as I'm not as fit as last time however there is still time to get fitter and I guess we don't want to peak too soon.
I am doing my second marathon this year and like you I will be aiming for the 3.30 mark: Likewise this may be a little hopeful given that training so far is completely disrupted by snow.
With regards to advice from my first time around (I trained pretty religiously and got 3.21) I would recommend 4-5 days running a week. Sunday long run, Tues speed session, wed mid tempo, thurs longish run, sat easy run. Thats what I am going to attempt although right now I am in need of some motivation.
I'm going to enter some races and when I trained last time, I gradually increased my long run by 2 miles each week until in the end I had completed 4 20milers. Apparently you needn't do any more than this. I found that the last six miles just went.
Achieving your goal is not impossible as I did my first marathon shortly after starting running.
sorry to gate crash your chat but I wanted to post a similar title myself- basically, I did the Flora London Marathon in 2008 and did most of the training for the 09 marathon however had to pull out due to a hip injury. Since then, I've not really trained for anything, done the odd run here and there, eaten far too much chocolate and mcvities digestives and weigh nearly a stone and a half more than when I did the Marathon in 2008.
Anyhow, I am determined to do it this year and so basic training will officially start October. I did complete a run today. 20 mins is all that I can be bothered to do at the moment and I am so heavy footed.
Any tips as to how to breed the motivation to get going again? I'm working pretty long hours and despite in my head wanting to run and run well, sometimes the sofa and watching Waking the Dead is just so much more appealing.
Thinking about it, maybe it is to do with slouching over a desk all day as I went for a period of time when I wasn't having a problem and in retrospect, I think I was doing an active outdoors job then. I do also get very cold hands when I run so perhaps circulation has something to do with it. On very cold days, I have to wait for 5-10 mins before I can use my wrists to unlock the front door or the lockers at running club.