Thanks for your comments about my mileage and long runs; the training plan has been tweaked accordingly.
Big_G - no, I'm not doing Jantastic. I did it last year and found it a pain in the backside. I entered a team and actually felt more under pressure than motivated. I don't feel I need any motivation, I am happy to get myself out the door regardless of the weather etc.
Big_G - are you the one in the red ?? Yes, Saturday's run was the longest of this campaign so far and the longest in about 9 months.
Ali - good to hear your achilles is getting better.
Nell - good running, it certainly has been rather windy of late and can make it really hard going when running into it, I guess it's even worse oop north.
Carl - which half are you running next week ? Interesting comment you make about me 'hitting the big numbers early' as sometimes I think that I might be and other times I'm thinking it will be good to get plenty of miles in now. So, yours and everyone's comments on my plan would be appreciated.
Tuesday - medium run (8-14 miles depending on where I am in the plan)
Wednesday - short easy run (5 miles)
Thursday - tempo run
Sunday - easy recovery run (5 miles).
Those 5 sessions will stay the same throughout the plan but will obviously gradually increase the mileage throughout the weeks. Where I am unsure is the long run. At the moment, my plan has me hitting my first 20 miler at the end of December, which is 15 weeks to the marathon. I was then intending to do a long run (20 miles and above) every fortnight and alternate that with a 12/14 medium run with some hills. This would mean that I get in 7 runs of at least 20 miles. So, is this too many long runs for a plan ? Am I hitting the high miles in my long run too early ? Any comments and thoughts would be appreciated cheers.