3:38 here. Bowled along lovely until 22 miles at which point I was on for a 3:29 but the quads just gave up on me and the last 4 miles became brutal! However I was happy with 3:38 and I was just 95 seconds off my PB and this was done on less training. I fancy retiring from the marathon but the combination of knowing I can go sub-3:30 and how much I enjoyed the Valencia finish makes me think hmmm, maybe one more!
Loved Valencia, flew out on the Wednesday and really got to see and enjoy the city before the race, although in hindsight I think 3.5 days of sightseeing probably wasn't the wisest prep for a marathon.
Hey guys, I did a HM today so it seems like a good time to review my training so far.
Pleased with my half time (90:54) as that's a seasons best for me by 20 seconds and my 2nd ever fastest half. Not sure what that means for Valencia as I've never been able to convert my HM times to the marathon.
The good thing is that it shows I'm in decent shape. Which given I am not doing speedwork is nice. I'm concentrating on leg strength at the moment so my weekly sessions are hill reps and a tempo run.
Training is going ok but given that I'm several weeks in now and the long run hasn't got a whole lot easier I feel this will be my final marathon. Can't see me getting into the same shape I was for Barcelona last year so don't think my 3:36 PB is in any danger. Only managed a couple of 16 milers so far so I really need to step up the distance. Overall the training is going well but it concerns me I'm behind in terms of the long run. So I have decided to try 2 week taper this time to allow me another weekend to get a 20 in.
Great North Run next weekend, another weekend with no long run, ooops!
I do the opposite Swizzle, I do lots of long runs. Shortly heading out for my first which will hopefully be 14 today, will get up to 18 in the next 4-5 weeks and then should hit 20 around week 8-9. Ffrom there on I like the 5 longest runs to add up to 100 miles, that approach worked well for my last one.
Ah, we the opposite BDM, I'm more of a speedster, I find long runs hard and the marathon is comfortably my worst of all the distances. But it is a fascinating event and always a great excuse to get in a cool city break.
Welcome aboard RR & JS, good to hear we are all starting out on our training plans. I haven't been in marathon mode since April 2014 so I might take a while to settle in!
Well, my 18 week training plan got underway for Valencia today. I'm starting out in pretty good shape but mileage has been pretty low of late so just looking to get back into the old routine for the next 2-4 weeks. PB'd at 5k last Wednesday evening so the speed is there but I'm sorely lacking any kind of endurance so that will be where I focus most of my training.
Planning (and hoping for) a half marathon PB on 11th October in the build up. However not setting any targets for Valencia this early.