That pretty much where my mind is Millsy, only thing is I have a 20 mile trail race the weekend before around Derwent reservoir - should place in vets but I will not run that if I am doing the marathon.
Would prefer the experience of the trail race but also want to chase the marathon pb, fells v trails v road always seems to be a clash in races and training needs.
After a couple of failed sub 3:00 attempts this spring I have hit the trails and fells hard and lack long road runs. Loved the off road stuff but mentally like the challenge that specific road distance and times give.
I am trying again for sub 3:00 at London next year- after a poor London this year I entered the robin hood marathon (as a rebound?)
I pretty much forgot about the Robin Hood marathon and just enjoyed the off road running. Then realising it's only 4 weeks away I thought I would test my legs on the road- 15.5 miles at 6:45 mm pace last weekend. My other road runs since June have been 22, 18 and 17 miles all at 7:30mm or slower pace.
Was quite pleased with this weekends run and now thinking could have a go at a sub3:10 pb at RH.
I have ran av of 55 miles a week since June but mainly off road and running most days I guess my av run distance has been about 8 - 11 miles.
Too little long runs and too little road for a road marathon?? What do you think? Just to add I ran over 12 20+ mile runs earlier this year but that was pre June
How did you find the navigation?
I am hoping to up the distance to something like this but have worried about my lack of navigation skills.
I did a navigation training day with Dave Taylor from the fell running guide on Friday. We spent the day on kinder scout- great day would highly recommend.
Just need to get the endurance now for this sort of distance.
What was your longest training run for this?
Yes ET it was a different but good race, treated it like a long interval run and rather than walk, stop, rest between stages did a recovery speed jog.
The course equated to 20k racing and 5k transition-Managed a total of 1:19 for the racing sections (35 mins for the transition sections) 10th place overall-Shame they didn't do age grading results though - was on a high after 1st Vet 40 at the 12.12 the weekend before.
It was well organized and the timing system seemed to work very well-would recommend for next year.
Looking at entering the trail rush will be interesting to see how my times compare on the same course