Thanks chicksta. Everything tells me I should be able to go under 4 hrs but the tricky part is making it happen! Like you say, I'm hoping HADD will do the trick! Nice sub LT run by the way.And have a lovely weekend away with hubby.
Mokshaeight - I know what you're saying and I do agree with you but this won't be my first marathon and I just feel that with a half marathon PB of 1:52, a sub 4hr30 marathon shouldn't be beyond me! I think what has let me down in the past is my poor aerobic base which is why I'm doing the HADD training. If my HR is telling me something different then I will have to adjust my target pace accordingly. 10m/m is just a figure I believe I should be able to achieve - rightly or wrongly!
Chicksta - I take tablets which I'd already been doing but I was taking them with breakfast and dairy based products can interfere with iron absorption so I'm going to try taking them last thing at night to see if that makes a difference.
This is my fifth week of HADD training so I'm not really expecting to see any great improvement for a while yet but it would be nice if running 'easy' actually felt like 'easy'!
After much consideration I think I'll be doing a local marathon in September but wanted to get the maximum gains from HADD training. I've put together a plan which averages 45-50 miles a week and has one sub-LT run per week. All the rest of the running will be easy. Does this sound OK? My aim is simple (!) - to run a 10m/m marathon and prove to myself that I can hold a steady pace for the full 26.2 miles and finish feeling relatively strong. And get a time that's under 4hrs30! I have another 3 weeks before I would start this plan so no sub-LT runs before then. Am I trying to run too fast too soon?!
Doctor has confirmed that I'm mildly anaemic, so this coupled with residual tiredness from the marathon could account for the 'running through treacle' feeling I've been having! This wasn't helped this morning when some young, very bouncy female came sailing effortlessly past me and I watched her disappear into the distance while I plodded along in my lead boots!
All that being said, I am finding it easier to guage effort level without constantly having to look at my watch and the last few runs I've done have been coming out at ave 10:20m/m pace and HR ave of 75%. So I can see a very slight improvement!