RRR – I built up to 16 miles for the half marathon in October and have just tried to stay around there since. I’ve really been building the mileage since about May, it’s my new patented 52 week training programme – not sure it’ll catch on.. I’m planning to run 4 times a week for Manchester but will supplement that with cycling twice a week too. For me the sessions will take care of themselves, club interval session, club tempo run, a long run and a steady/recovery run depending on how the legs are.
Then the marathon training begins…
Cheers Alan, I did something similar following Capesthorne HM last year but I think I needed the easing off between October and December as by February I was struggling with injury although that may have been down to sticking rigidly to P&D and trying to run 5 days per week when I was used to 4
I think you learn something new each time, I'm fairly comfortable with the training on the whole, just need to pace it slower and then take the same approach in the early stages of the race
Further 4 weeks of mileage build up for me before starting "proper" training on 15th December but no races pencilled in until Wilmslow HM in March next year, although I may try and find something around the 10-13 mile mark in February
Sounds like some people are already doing a LSR that is longer now than mine will be at the start of the training period. Mine is building up to be around the 13-14 mile mark mid-December with 3 other weekly runs of around 8-9 miles (a couple of 5ks tagged on here and there with RRR junior)
Concentrating on varying my routes to alleviate boredom or the familiarity tiredness that I often get when I know the route well and know I have some distance still to go
Have drafted my own plan that draws on experience of last year's P&D 55 but has 4 runs per week and subsequently less mileage but seems to have worked for the last couple of years
Would be interested if anyone knows of any decent/proven 4 day plans away from the usual P&D or Higdon
Afternoon all, First post here so hello everyone. Signed up to Manchester last week with the goal of running it near the 3hour mark.
This is after a few setbacks over the last couple of years, having signed up to three marathons but DNS all of them. Last marathon was 2011 london in 3:24 and before that 2009 in 3:42 so hoping to repeat the trend. Got alot training ahead of me but plenty of time. Hoping I can get some encouragement here.
So for now starting off with accommodation for two adults in the Salford Quays for 2nights. Sound like prices have gone up already. Any advice on accomodation and transport on the day (which may open options) from the city centre.
Ed, start line is a 10 minute walk (max) from Old Trafford Tram station so you could pretty much book a hotel anywhere from Altrincham/Timperley/Sale, all the way up to the city centre. Depends on whether you're coming up on your own and what else you intend to do in Manchester that weekend
Not been on here much this week, work has been crazy busy. Have managed a couple of weeks of easy running since Arley and will pick up some speedwork from next week. I've still managed 5 runs each week so only 1 down per week on my normal training. Ran to Parkrun and back today which was a nice 15k although it was spoilt by seeing a body being pulled out of the canal on the way back I'd seen the police arriving on my way out at 8:30 but didnt think much of it until the way back.
Saw that on Twitter when I got back from my Saturday run, I usually run along that part of the towpath around 7.30 - 8am on a Saturday but have been avoiding the canal while the section from Brooklands to Broadheath is resurfaced so I'd cut up Hope Road and got through to Brooklands that way instead. Not nice but I believe they don't suspect foul play
Slowly building my weekly LSR up post-Arley and then getting 3 other maintenance runs in where possible although some weeks a couple of gentle 5K with junior sneak in too which add to the mileage
In some ways it's better to stay over rather than drive and as previous posters have said there's plenty of accommodation and I'd stay in Sale or Alty if I wasn't "local". There were plenty of scammers setting up fake car parks last year by pinching the official signs overnight which is something to watch for if you drive down on the day (I see it all the time for United home games)