Posted: 18/03/2015 at 17:58
I havent posted here for ages but I have a question/dilema and would like some training advice.
Last year I achieved my No1 running goal in completing my first marathon and with a target time of sub 4 came in well under at 3.45. I can probablly run faster with injury free training, less weight, pushing harder but that was my goal for so long I do feel rather satisfied with that time at the moment.
I have targeted Liverpool again this year which is the middle of June and find myself well ahead of schedule, I plan 4 or 5, 20+ mile training runs in the next 9/10 weeks before taper. I am tempted to book into 2 other marathons, one the end of April the other mid May which would fit this schedule and run them as training runs so probablly 9.45 ish pace.
The pro's are - additional life experience, support during the long run and generally something different - it would also then be a bit of a different goal - 3 marathons in 3 months.
The con's - 2 very long slow runs of over 4 hours - will I recover? the temptation to run faster than planned, overall potential negative impact on my main race performance.
I am not sure if concentrating on one race and possibly shaving maybe 5-10 mins from my marathon time motivates me that much so I wondered if others had done anything similar as training? If so does it have a major impact on performance (I don't want a Liverpool disaster). I supose I could always do the April Marathon and pull out of May if it has too much of a negative impact.