Suze - Looking at your final three weeks it's very different to what I do, but then what I find works for me might not for you. I really drop the distances on my long runs when I taper, going 14/10/mara. I also wouldn't think of going as far as 8 miles on a training run the week of the marathon. One thing I see in your plan is you go from 4 runs to 3 runs and then back to 4. I keep the same number of runs that I've been doing all through training, but reduce the distance I do. The only thing I drop is my Monday night 7-a-side game with the lads, as one of them kicking me the week before the race might result in me killing them!
I'd say with the food thing it might not be how much you eat, but maybe what you eat. I have noticed the belly podge I had developed has reduced since giving up the sugary snacks. Although to be honest I had got into a bad habit of the frequency I was eating them and should have been well over weight.
BM - Well done on your first 20.
I rounded up my midweek runs tonight and the result is a happy runner. Three good runs the last three nights in terms of pace. Average minute mile paces of 8:47, 8:23 and tonight a short sharp 7:51. Rest day tomorrow and then 18 mile LSR on Saturday.
Thanks Eggy, brilliant advice. You're absolutely right, it's different for everyone - good point about number of runs though. I think I'll decrease the mileage but keep the run numbers in.
KS - are you eating enough protein? If your diet's mostly carbs, that could explain the not feeling full. I could eat dried fruit till it came out of my ears, but fruit and nuts stops me feeling hungry for ages. Likewise toast and jam will burn off straightaway but toast and peanut butter lasts for hours.
Yes, I think that's it - we've been doing a veg box for about a year so we're basically vegetarian (although we eat a LOT of it). I'll have a go at eating more protein - I do have a bit of cream cheese (light) at lunch most days but perhaps it's not enough. Thank you!
But like Eggy I've just got no idea what's going to happen. Unlike Eggy, I unfortunately don't have historical evidence of what happens when all plans go [little birds] up. That would mean I'd need to have a plan to begin with.
I'd just like to point out, TB, that as a so-called 'running fraud', your goal is faster than my current PB...
TD, thanks, that's kind of you - I don't think I'm overeating but that may well be possible! I started writing all my food and drink intake down but to be honest, didn't really know what to do with it so I stopped. I might try and do the smartphone app thing again.
I just don't feel like 'me' - I'm still basically the same size but I'm a bit denser round the tummy area. Hmm, I'll have a look. If anyone can recommend any nutrition type people/experts etc I'd appreciate it.
Eggy, Tinks, Orbutt - you have all just summed up every bit of what I am feeling..... I don't mean to,sound sorry for myself when really I am just jealous of what everyone is achieving just now.
I think your all doing amazing and not one of you is a fraud. Its on,y 4 weeks until I leave my wee Island and I can't wait!
JokeyBuoy - Those folk down there don't know what a storm is! storms forecast for here tomorrow, boats have issued cancellation warning so I am thankful that I have pulled out of the Inverness Half on Sunday.
PC - I struggle with speed, unless on a treadmill or running wth someone else.... That is possibly the missing piece? This year isn't about speed anymore - well until Loch Ness Mara- so I'll just have to stick with my plodding pace!
KS - the patter of little feet....???
Ha, I ruddy hope not - something that has crossed my mind though! Everything seems to be 'in order' so I don't think so - maybe I'm just being a greedy mare!
Medical certificate - I'm lucky enough to know a GP who'll do it gratis, but the quote I got from my doctor's was about £60 before last year's race. £117 certainly does seem like a lot!
I have a couple of questions for you lovely lot.
1. I'm hungry a lot of the time. I'm also about half a stone heavier than feels comfortable. I'm running 40-50 miles a week so I can't see how I've managed to keep 7lbs on - normally I eat like a horse during marathon training and can't keep the weight on. Any ideas? Am I eating too much/too little/not having enough water? Is it more muscle? Or is it just the fact that now I'm 'in my thirties' my metabolism is slowing down? Is it because I don't do anything besides run? I don't mind changing the way I eat but I'd love to have a bit of expertise before I do that.
2. I'm a bit worried that my taper isn't taper-y enough. what does everyone else's last three weeks look like? This is mine:
March 17th Week 12 Rest Club - interval session 6M Club - 6-8M Rest parkrun 16M steady 20? March 24th Week 13 Rest Rest 4M - warm up, then 1M at race pace plus 5 x 200m. Warm down Rest Rest parkrun 12M steady March 31st Week 14 Rest 8M easy Rest Club 5M easy Paris rest RACE DAY - Marathon de Paris