Hi Keith, thanks for the quick reply. I'd heard that the first half was more undulating and the second half was flatter, but the profile on their website didn't look like it reflected this and it seemed to undulate consistently throughout. The profile you've posted looks less scary, perhaps because its less compressed. There seems to be a bit of a nasty spike just after 10 miles, finishing off about 4 miles of rougher undulating and other than a couple of miles of harder stuff around 20 miles, it does seem to only gently undulate. That's kind of reassuring. I can just take my time on these harder parts so I don't expend much energy. Being a first marathon, there is obviously no PB to beat, so I don't have to worry about taking my time.
I can't believe anyone would describe London as a hilly marathon. I've not run it, but don't need to, to know its pretty flat. Living in the north downs there are some steep hills around me, and they are actually great for training, building up stamina, but I try to avoid hilly races as I am a PB chaser by nature. So I'll probably be looking for flatter marathons in future but for my first marathon, I think the Kent Coastal will be alright. There's definitely harder ones out there I'm sure. I just hope i can avoid injuries and get to run it.
I've been considering this marathon for a couple of years and intended to go for it this year (this being my marathon debut too). Then I saw a photo on their website of last year's race and they were running up a killer hill. I live on a hill, so I often have to run up hills, but doing one (or more) when you're running 26.2 miles is a different matter. Ideally I'd like to find a flat marathon so it is as easy as it can be, but there aren't many flat ones so that's why I (as a relative local) was considering this one as its described as "only" undulating, but perhaps my idea of undulating is different to the organizers. Can anyone reassure/advise me on the profile of the course?
Can those familiar with the course give me some idea of what to expect if I run this year? Not just the profile but what the trail parts are like...narrow? overgrown? uneven? likely to be dog fouled if used by dog walkers?
I'm not following someone else's plan, I just do:- Tue: sprint intervals, Thu: 4-5 mile tempo run, Sun: long run (incrementing by a mile each week - currently at 10 miles). So my long run is over 30% of my weekly mileage. But I don't have time to do other nights to increase my mileage. My 10 mile run took about an hour and a half. So if I continue up to 14 miles it'll be just over 2 hours i imagine.
Through caution and previous experience I would try and taper down well before the race, but is there a danger I'd lose some of the benefits I'd worked hard to get if I taper too soon (i.e. a month before, 14 miles, 3 weeks 10 miles, 2 weeks 6 miles, 1 week 3 miles)?
Perhaps I should try to locate a plan, but one for running a fast HM, not just completing one.
i have run a number of half marathons over the last few years and never run further than 11 miles in my training for them. As part of looking at ways to improve in order to better my PB, i am considering a friend's idea to run further than 13 miles in training to improve stamina. What opinions do you have on the fruitfulness of this idea? Is it going to give me a better chance of a PB (due to greater stamina) or possibly lessen my chances (due to greater fatigue).