I'll be following the P&D 18 week plan that peaks at 55mpw.
This means I'll be starting the plan next week, which will look like:
Tues 8miles with 4mi @ LT / Tempo pace (approx between 10k and half mara pace)
Thurs 9 miles @ easy pace (75-85% of marathon race pace)
Saturday 4miles @ recovery pace (basically as slow as you like)
Sunday 12 miles @ "Long run" pace (80-90% marathon race pace)
I'll probably do 13 miles rather than 12, since i've been doing a 13 mile long run for the past couple of weeks anyway, and the starting weekly mileage is similar to my average over the last few weeks.
Might have to shuffle around some of the exact days, to allow for personal stuff, but all the runs will be done on one day or another.
Good luck to anyone else who is starting their Manc marathon training next week
Sounds like we're currently at a similar point AG. I'm starting P&D next week for the 18 week 55 miles but have kept up my long run of 13 miles since the Capesthorne Half a month or so ago. So for the first couple of weeks I'll be ticking over.
Currently doing my long run on a Monday night and then 3 other runs on a Wed morn, Fri morn and Sat morn dependent on when United have a match and when Mrs RR is working away. Am probably going to slot the 5th run in as and when as it's usually a shortish one so perhaps a Thursday lunchtime at work or a Sunday evening once the kids are in bed
Just run through it. Funny some of the talk about drinking nights etc. I always find that after a big session, only a hard run will sort me out. No amount of bacon in the world will do to the hangover what a tough run can. It's hard at first but then i often find that I run better off a skinful the night before than if i haven't. Odd, I know. I'm sure it's probably not too good for you mind.... So yeah, i'll run through x-mas, boozy nights and all. I ran on x-mas morning last year and loved it. Just get a santa hat on and go
I should touch 50 miles this week which is the precursor to starting the plan properly next week but for all intents, i'm in marathon training now.
I think your body is probably a more finely tuned engine than mine SB , I do go out on a Saturday morning after a few beers the night before but it's normally the shortest run of the week and if I've not been careful, the slowest. I do feel alot better for it afterwards though
I'm more concerned on the weight side of things at Christmas, I managed to put some weight on earlier this year despite decent, regular mileage. Have managed to lose a fair bit since the summer and if I keep an eye on it, it certainly has meant quicker times and a more enjoyable run since
Feeling surprisingly stiff this morning, did 8 miles last night following 13 on Monday whereas last week did my usual 4 runs post Capesthorne HM with barely a niggle. Skipped a cross train this morning to try and get loose for Friday morning's run but will probably go for a "recovery" walk at lunchtime to get out of the office
My copy of P&D arrived yesterday and it looks surprisingly readable compared to other marathon books even if I'm not in that elite group of runners it is aimed at
I managed to stick fairly rigidly to the plan last year without being a**l about it and my other half works away 2-3 days per week which puts paid to a schedule alot of the time and it becomes a case or running as and when (8.30pm last night)
With tishtosh on the ticking off, it was good to look at the plan in March last year and see how far I'd come but I do think it's a very personal thing in terms of what training works for you
I think the P&D 55 mile in 18 weeks would work for me but I'd have to switch it around a little and see how I could accomodate a 5th run per week
I tend to slot the runs in over Christmas regardless and just swap the ones that would fall on say Christmas Day, Boxing Day etc to other days of the week so that I still get my 4 runs per week in. I guess I'll be at the 14-15 mile LSR stage by then
I think it's always worth starting a week or so earlier anyway to allow for injuries, work commitments etc
I enjoy running but I'm not in the ability group or mindset that starts to skimp on the other things they like, to cater for their running or let running replace other "fun" things
That's why I only do my shortest run at the weekend, so I can still have a few drinks on a Friday/Saturday and the same applies to things like Christmas
Still toying with P&D 55 miles plan (book on the way from Amazon) or sticking with last year's which peaked around 45 miles but will add in more 20 mile runs than the 1 that was included, given that I'm probably starting a month or so earlier and from a higher base point than last time
Must make an effort to get back to serious training, particularly speedwork as desperate to improve my time! Must also make decision as to which plan to follow ...
Similar juggling for me in terms of plan whether to stick with last year's or try and Bespoke a P&D plan, mainly looking at where to be in terms of LSR distance come the turn of the year but also whether to simply try and get more 20 mile LSRs in this time around and hope that the extra endurance will get me through those last 6 miles or whether to try something "different" for my other runs during the week in terms of speed or hill work (which is pretty difficult around here)
Had a good week last week post-HM at Capesthorne although the bulk of my runs weren't of any significant distance so back out for 13 miles tonite