I'm in! Training was going pretty well until the beginning of March. Ran a PB in a HM of 1:49 then got the flu so missed nearly two weeks of training, just when I was meant to be ramping up the miles. I feel okay now, I've done a 14 mile XC race and 17 mile off road training run since then. I'm doing my last 20 miler at the weekend. I so want to break 4 hours but my confidence has taken a knock so we'll see. I've missed quite a bit of speed work, I just hope the stamina is there!
Hi Sam, I am running a marathon on 28th April and aiming to break 4 hours. Up to last weekend the training was going swimmingly. Averaging 40 mile weeks, two 20 milers done, one at 9.14 m/miles and I raced a HM on Saturday in 1.49. So I seem to be on target.
Unfortunately though since Monday I have a flu bug. It's not just a cold but proper flu, I can barely make it up the stairs. Realistically I am going to miss 2 weeks training, just at a point when I am meant to be stacking up the miles. I am very disheartened, but it can't be helped.
What advice can you give me to get back up to speed? And how much affect on my training do you think a two week break will have?
Hi Vicky, the route is well marked so navigation shouldn't be a problem. It would be good as a first one because it is so laid back and lots of people walk it. Also as it is in stages you can be rescued and returned back to the racecourse if needs be. It's reassuring but also helps you along as you think, oh I'll just get to the next checkpoint...
The downside is that it is off road so if it is wet it is very hard. The first half is very hilly and the second very flat. If you want a low key first marathon, with amazing views, good support and you don't really mind about the time, go for it! I am very tempted to do it again as it was an amazing experience.