Morning Diogo, I wasn't too dissapointed at all with Sundays run. It had been a long weekend (camping just me and my three kids under 5!) so I knew I was pretty tired anyway. Beating the mental battle was actually quite reassuring. It's the first time I've ever done 'laps' of anything so was actually a bit of a change. You're right tho, the start of the lap was only half a mile or so from home and it was so tempting just to stop. I usually do one lap then out into the countryside so I have no choice but to run back. Much nicer.
Only another 14 miles this sunday after only two 8 milers during the week, though three or four of sundays miles were into a stupidy strong headwind. Did five laps of the park and the last lap felt so tough, just kept telling myself "Well if you can't even to another lap of the park you're going to be buggered for the marathon!" So I beat the mental battle and got through it which is encouraging!
Diogo, 16 days off now must be so disheartening! Still, 8 weeks left so some time to go and you won't really lose much fitness in a couple of weeks. What was your training like before?
Jelly, yeh it was the intermediate plan I was looking at. It's my first full marathon but I've been running for a few years now and have done a few halfs and have been slowly building the weekday mileage up. It's just now with the really long weekend run, always used to only be about 10 miles, I'm finding it harder recovering from that to then get back into the weekday runs iyswim. I know it'll be worth the effort though!
Oh and aiming for 4 1/2 hours round so not exactly fast, just to get round would be amazing!
"Mental battles are by far the most intriguing in this game, as a 5k, 10k, marathon course you did a year ago is the same in all its intricacies this year, but performances can turn on a sixpence."
Spot on. A few months ago I ran the same half marathon I did the year before. Only, for whatever reason, my mind just wasn't there for it and I practically gave up half way round. Even though I know I'm a much stronger runner now once the mind flipped it just went. Put it down to a bad day out and I'm sure when I do it next year i'll be back to usual.
Aleik, try running without a watch then you don't know you're pace etc. Might help?