Nicole, I'm a bit concerned as I don't recognise that 8 mile run from P&D! Was it supposed to be one of the LT runs? Like Bob, I don't mean to keep questioning what you're doing but P&D is pretty hardcore and if you don't stick to the right paces I'm worried you are going to end up injured or just too knackered to carry on with it!
Nicole - I had a look at the book last night and it should definitely be 5 miles at LR pace followed by 8 miles at MP (although some people would do 4 then 8 then 1 cool down mile). But the 5 miles need to be run at your long run pace and no faster. The run is called a marathon paced run because of the 8 miles at MP.
Nicole, I think that 13 mile long run should be 8 miles at your LR pace then 5 miles at your planned MP. I haven't got the book in front of me but I know it definitely shouldn't be as you described - it would be far too hard! Your MP should be the same as the pace you plan to race the marathon. They aren't two different paces. The aim of this type of long run is to get your legs used to running at MP when already tired without totally wiping you out. You should pop over to the P&D Autumn Marathon training thread (don't know how to do the link thing!). There are alot of friendly, experienced people on there as well as people using P&D for the first time.
Just the usual training over the weekend for me. Ran Canon Hill parkrun with the kids on Saturday then 12 miles on Sunday. This morning was 8 miles with 4 at tempo pace (supposed to be 7:55ish but came out a bit quicker at 7:50!). I've entered a 10k in August when I hope to get close to 48:30. Also planning to race our local parkrun just after my birthday at the end of July and hope being a year older will help me increase my age grading!
Matty, I saw your before and after pictures on the Paris thread. Very impressive! My nephew has lost about 3 stone in the last 6 months and has gone from a 30+minute park run to sub 20!
I'd like to think I could go under 20 minutes but like you it's more of a long term goal - probably 18 months away at least. My OH doesn't think I can do it but that just makes me more determined! And I shall remain hopeful as long as I keep making reductions however small they may be.