Jimbob, that is very good advice especially re Leeds half and doing as marathon pace run.
Leeds isn't a PB course anyway but is a local club race. My half marathon PB is a flat and cold Brass Monkey (January in York), so I won't be desperately trying to get a half marathon PB at that time of year and I've run Leeds every year since 2010. It would be good to run it without killing myself ... It's s tad hilly in the first 7 miles then downhill most of the way back.
So basically it'd be Manchester plus three weeks recovery then London plus two weeks recovery Leeds half at MP the week after a 20 mile easy pace run then two week taper to Liverpool .... Sounds like a nice simple plan (would be a shame to defer London if I get the chance!!!!)
Chris - the early bird catches the worm ... Watch this space!!!
Just been offered discount to run Manchester marathon 2nd April at 35 pounds due to running a short marathon in 2013.
However I am running Liverpool marathon end May. I did same this year with Paris then Liverpool finishing 3:32 and 3:30 respectively. The previous year I ran Liverpool in 3:26 (current PB) and wondering if running Paris impacted my performance. It was very hot on the day in Liverpool and only a few mins out so I'm not sure.
Then there's the possibility of also getting in London 3 weeks later which I've booked accommodation for, so entering would potentially mean Manchester, London, Leeds Half and Liverpool over an 8 week period ... Is this too much? Can I expect decent times if I put all into Manchester for a PB.
It would be my second marathon in London and 3rd successive marathon in Liverpool ... My first full distance marathon in Manchester as the previous course was 385 yards short.
Any advice if I get in all three (should I try). I was thinking hit Manchester hard, then soak up atmosphere in London for reasonable but not PB time then try and smash Liverpool without any real focus on distance training in between. I'm just worried if I don't PB in Manchester I'll feel I've spoilt my chances of a PB in Liverpool especially if I also get in London.
I'll stop rambling now and pause for advice off the machines that are out there on this forum.