Neil, I definitely think there's an element of that, except the doubts start before the last 10K! Not sure how I can work on this though as I don't have a problem in training (e.g. I can run a sub 90 half in training as part of a longer run) - maybe race more?
in terms of plans the quandary is whether to follow FIRST as it seems to be more based on my strengths or say P&D as this may address my weaknesses more -though it may be irrelevant if it's just a mental problem!
Hi Leslie, I got my HM PB in Jan-14 at the Brass Monkey and although I think I would struggle to beat it, I'd be confident of getting something around 85 mins. My marathons have varied and I've therefore had a range of positive splits from about 90 seconds upwards!
I think I'm just more suited to shorter distances, but I love the challenge of a marathon! Sub 3 would be fantastic, but I can't see it happening, but I'd also be very pleased with a sub 3:10
I can only really train 5 times a week, so this does limit my mileage, though I do tend to peak in the low 60's which I guess is still reasonably high
Hi Fishy, I've downloaded the FIRST app and do quite like the look of it, so may give it a go with a couple of 60 min easy runs to replace the cross training. Do you think it may make sense to increase the warm up and cool downs to get some more mileage in as well? Also do you think a longest run of 20M is sufficient as I usually go up to 23 or 24?
Thanks Fishy - it sounds like FIRST may not be right the right plan for me after all. The hard runs were what attracted me to the plan, rather than the low mileage, particularly running the long runs hard. However, I don't cross train, so was planning to do two easy runs a week instead of the cross training
I struggle with my marathon conversion with PB's of 17:55, 37:54 and 83:46 for 5K, 10K and HM, but then a marathon PB of 3:11 and only have two sub 3:15's to my name despite having done 11 marathons. What ideas do people have for a schedule - I can only run 5 times a week and usually have peak mileage of around 60 mile per week