Another brief visit to see what's going on. Bike It, that's gutsy to keep going, You seem pragmatic about it all and will have learned loads in that race to take into the next campaign. I've only done 6 marathons but have learned a lot from each one. So far managing a PB each time. However, I've done around 12 half maras and some of my best PBs have come from what felt like a failure in the previous race but turned out to be a lessons learned session.
I'm currently training just to train at the moment with the Brighton campaign commencing in December. My goal is to have decent endurance in the legs before December, so I'm going longer than I normally would for tis time of year. Knocked out a 13.1 miler on Saturday. really didn't fancy it after a big dinner with wine etc the night before but it was only going to be a slow run. Sounds stupid but I sometimes find it hard to run slow on my own, so on Saturday I just gave up and ran at comfy, metronome type pace. Finished in a shade under 100 minutes which is pleasing as a few years ago that would have been a race PB yet I'm now able to do it at comfy pace and slightly hungover.
Only a 10 mile training run for me at the weekend which was' Just Running', no particular pace but did mile 10 in 6.48 to average 7.30 for the trip.
Meanwhile my two runninng pals were scoring well at Bournemouth Marathon (3.24 and 3.28). Some nice comments about that event. I didn't do it as I couldn't be bothered with long runs in the heat of summer. What a wimp!
Abbers: Yep, Brighton will be a bid for 3.15 now I have course knowledge and learned some lessons in training. First target will be to get under 3.19.59 (my PB time set this year!) and to not run the final 0.2 miles at 6.40 pace with my thighs about to explode!
If it wasn't for the garmin telling me that sub-3.20 was on the crads I wouldn't have bothered and just settled for a comfy PB.
More strength work in the gym, hill sessions and longer midweek runs are key training adjustments.