Carter - you do not have to pay the blindest bit of attention to my advice. After all you know yourself the best. You have done some amazing training an have the potential to go sub 3:30 by a good bit if it all comes together on the day. Your run tomorrow will help you work out how much faster you can go. And as you say once you have that sorted in your head you will lock onto it an execute it. AS you think this might be your last marathon I can see that it would be nice to go out on a massive high. But please make sure you nail the sub 3:30.
Will - good run considering you probably still had last weekend in the legs. Enjoy the stag.
Ali - great to hear that this week has gone well and that you are finishing feeling a lot more positive about things.
PS - I feel in great form and my 11 mile MLR this week was tough but again gives credence to what you say re possible time. But as you say Richmond will be an energy sapping race. It is hilly and mid May could mean a hot day which would make it even worse. But I will be giving it a go regardless and anything sub 3:40 and close to 3:30 will be a result.
Must be tough juggling everything about. How are you settling in and when do you move to a bigger place ?
Ricky - seems like the running form is coming back well. Would not worry about it feeling hard at Nell's MP. It should do. Not many of us can run at his pace for long.
Nell - another good solid run from you. The one thing I can say about the Hansons plan is that I do look forward to those rest days. As the plan does not really do cut back weeks it is relentless week after week. For the next few month I will be doing 60 miles per week and that will be interesting.
Completed my 11 mile MLR which had 6 x 1mile at faster than MP with 400m recoveries at its core.
The splits for the 6 miles were :
7:34 ; 7:40 ; 7:40 ; 7:39 ; 7:37 ; 7:36
This was a tough run coming so close to the HM and the last interval was hard. Had to dig deep to keep at it and on it.
But really pleased that I could manage this and nail it. It is always tough the week after a hard race to pick oneself up and get back on the training so it is great to be back into it.
sense - great to hear that the foot is behaving. I am impressed with you moving house in the middle of your run into paris. Listen to TR now. So close you do not want a non running injury to interfere with your plans.
Carter - Your LR this weekend will give you a good idea of where you are with pacing. Considering you were concerned when you started the no carb all fat diet thingy that you might not be able to last for 26 miles it is incredible that hear you are a few weeks out considering having a right old go at a massive PB. Considering that it is only your second marathon too. At the end of the day if you want to rip up the roads of Manchester there is nobody on here who can stop you. But maybe it would be sensible to wind in the pace a little as holding 7:30 consistently for 26 miles might be tough and blowing up after 22 miles and missing 3:30 would be such a shame. But what do I know. If you feel very strong maybe you have it in you to do this. And if your plan is to focus on ultras and this is your last marathon then going for it might be the thing to do.
Will be interesting to see how you feel after this weekend. What I do know is that once you settle on a plan for the race that that is what you will try and execute so will watch this with interest ....
Carl D. Just dropping in to say hello. I see you rode the PB train at Reading on Sunday as did I and everyone I know who took part. It was perfect conditions. Congratulations that's decent blasting and a really good confidence booster. Keep in touch.
Jimbob - great to hear you got a PB in Reading too. Great course and well marshalled. Will do it again sometime. Best of luck with Boston in a few weeks.