If you're running your long runs at about 11 mins a mile - you're probably aiming for a race time of sub 4.30 ? That would mean your half time should be about 2 hours ?
I'd think you might be running your long runs too fast. A lot of people make that mistake.
I'm sure you'll get round the marathon - I'd not be scared to walk - I did sub 3.15 in London and still passed people walking. Take regular walking breaks earlier on - don't dawdle - but maybe through a water station whilst you take on food.
Ideally you'd get to 5 or so 20 milers - that makes it slightly less painful. Your marathon will hurt - but I'm sure you'll get round.
Get dropped off 18 miles away from home. Then youve no option ?
I think you and everyone else here is right, I am running my long runds too fast and am going to give it a big push this weekend, I really like the idea of getting dropped off 18 miles from homes, it's what I was thinking I should do.
I know I want be setting any record time, but I really want to do this, enough to feel I have done something to be proud of yet at the same time wanting to get back to training and thinking about improving for the next one.
I was also thinking that since I haven't been clocking as many miles as most I might try for another 18 miles next weekend and have a 2 tapering weeks instead of 3, although I think I will focus on the first one and see how that goes.
Thank you daisybrain. I read an article on this and wasn't sure would it count. But I do think this has a lot to do with it, I train mostly on my own which suits me, but I do notice I push myself a lot more when I am with others, maybe it's time to think about joining a running club.
I don't feel not competing is an option, I know walking is sometimes frowned upon in a marathon but I really want to complete this and hopefully my passion will be enough to carry me through.
Too much pace is the most likely issue.... if you run faster than a certain threshold, you start using 'fast-twitch' muscle fibres... which are inefficient with fuel.
But are taking food and water with you on the run. For many people, 15 miles is roughly the time when your food supply gets depleted... and you need to be taking on carbohydrates during the run.
Same thing with water. How are you hydrating?
What are you doing the day or two before the long runs?
Can you answer these.... people can be more specific with advice then.
If you can get up to 18 - 20 miles, I suspect you'll be OK on the day (though it won't be easy)... Remember that you're doing your long runs whilst tired.. but come Edinburgh, you'll have rested/tapered... and will be feeling stronger.
I have been trying to follow the Hal Higdon novice plan. On my shorter runs I go at a 10min.mil pace and longer runs about 11min/mile but think that as the miles creap up this could be too quick for me as I drop down to a 12min/mile (which I know must seem really slow, I could probably walk faster). In total about 30 miles a week.
I bring a bottle of water with me and am using the cliff blocks, taking 2 every 45 minutes (long runs only). I sometimes bring walnuts to.I do a 5 mile run 2 days before my long run, then nothing the day before except trying to eat plenty of carbs and drink lots of water.On the morning of the run I have 3 eggs, 2 slices of toast, blueberries and yogurt, applejuice with concentrated beatroot jucie (30ml).
I did a 10K in November and training since then, the weather over Feb/March didn't help and I hate the treadmile. I run 4 times a week, 2 x 4 miles, 1 x 6-9 miles, including speed work and hills etc. I also cross train and do yoga.
I agree that food could be an issue and have been working on my carb loading, the last couple of weeks I should of been reaching 16 - 18 but just haven't been able to, so all my long runs are around the 14/15 mark which I have done about 7 of.
So I think I really have one chance left at 18/19 miles will this be enough?