Given that I ran threshold-pace intervals only a couple of days ago, running two miles at threshold at the back-end of today's twelve mile progression run felt brutal . It was the first time in this program that my body was lagging behind my heart - by which I mean that I felt physically unable to push myself to the very top of my LT heart range. My legs felt like lead.
Still, that's 37 miles in the bag this week, and three weeks of the schedule completed. The coming week is a recovery week, so mileage and intensity are reduced a little
Another race booked - the Welwyn Half-Marathon on 20th March. Pretty low-key race that fits in with my schedule (six weeks before the marathon) with a minor amount of change to the P&D plan I'll be following.
The races are booked, the plan is in place, so all I need to do now is the consistent training
London Marathon rejection email received this morning. Milton Keynes Marathon booked this evening Hopefully the weather won't be biblical, like it was in 2012!
This morning's run was hampered a bit by Fog. It was just a bit too dark to see the trail clearly when running at lactate-threshold pace, but the light from the head torch reflected off the fog and didn't really help visibility. I used my hand-held torch to avoid tripping, but it's not particularly bright.
It's a typical Pfitzinger plan and has already got me running 8-9 miles on weekdays (hence I have to start at 5:30am). On Tuesday I ran eight miles with hill reps and strides and followed this on Wednesday with nine miles at long-run pace. Today's run was 8m with threshold intervals of 18 minutes and 15 minutes off four minutes recovery. On Sunday I have another 12 mile run, but with the last couple of miles at threshold pace Next week is the first scheduled recovery week in the plan.
I'm enjoying it so far, in spite of the dark morning starts. At least it is still mild weather.
KR - it was ten days before I was able to resume running after the snip, and then I had to build-back up to full training speed/mileage. Personally, I'd say delay the op until after the marathon. At the very least it will take a chunk out of the training and reduce confidence that the race can be completed to the best of your (friend's) ability.