Jools, I agree pace is not so much of a factor but if Tony is feeling tired then it is either too long or too fast (or both). I now have P&D to hand so the first 6 weeks average out at about 40 miles a week and that ties up with 180 miles since June 1. The other 410 are spread over the best part of 4 months so a little over 100 a month so almost a 2x mileage increase and that will make you feel slow.
Below is my training for the last 12 months. My marathon was March and you can see Nov and Dec are very even work, so base building prior to the campaign. Once the New Year has passed I ramped it up gently but even within that you can see cutback and recovery weeks.
Tony, sounds like you are doing the right sort of things. The first phase is supposed to build up and it takes a while for the training you have done to become a benefit.
How many weeks were those 590 miles over? If you look at the P&D then a month is over 200 miles and for a 3:15 marathon (7:27 pace) then the average pace will be about 8:27 (marathon pace + 60 seconds). MP+20% is 8:56 which should feel easy.
Did people see Anthony Whiteman in the final of the Sainsbury's British Championships 800m on Sunday?
What a sad thing: 43 year old guy ranked 20th in the UK just inside 1:49 gets to run in the final of the 800m. What is the world coming to when we can't find 8 under 1:48.50 (which s the po10 uk target).
What an inspirational runner! 43 years old and still able to show the youngsters a thing or two. 1:45 PB set in 200 and only 4 seconds slower 15 years later! Legend!!!
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Good race there bus and a PB as well so you must be happy.
One odd thing about Battersea is the GPS tracks are often very poor, must be the trees, so sometimes you see people who think they are close to the end on their GPS but have more to go. Does the course have km markers?