Posted: 29/03/2015 at 21:30
TR - I am with chicksta. Sub 2:55 and comfy cannot possibly be in the same sentence. I know you are a vastly more experienced runner than some of us mere novices but still sub 3 !! and comfy. Impressive stuff really. Clearly being focussed only on the running means that I would ash no time to even contemplate swimming and cycling. I guess we all find our balance somehow.
I suppose the marathon does not respect what you have done in the past only the amount of effort you put in before you run it. If you have not done the right training, no matter how much you want a particular time, you will not get it.
chicksta and Stewart - It was brutal out there today. Have never run in such miserable conditions before. It was not so much the rain but the gale force wind. Running uphill into a headwind is no fun. And being blown sideways across the path is no joke.
My youngest asked me if it was raining when I came back in as a puddle built up around me from all the dripping water. Sweet !!
So having checked my plan before going out, I realised that it called for 10 miles at MP and not 8 miles as I had thought. So I decided that I would give it a go.
My long run route incorporates Hampstead Heath (hills) and Regents Park (flatter). Beforehand I was thinking of trying and extra loop on the Heath but the conditions quickly changed my mind for me as it was a real energy sapping run.
16 miles in driving rain is just miserable. It would have been so easy to call it a day after about 9 miles as I pass near my house when transitioning from the Heath to Regents Park but I forced myself to keep going.
Other than runners and dog walkers there was nobody else out. And not surprising really. Being buffeted by the howling wind and driving rain is unpleasant at the best of times.
So this has to go down as one of my toughest training runs ever.
I completed the 16 miles in 2:06:22 which is equivalent to 7:54m/m overall.
The 10 miles at MP took me 1:16:06 which is about 7:37m/m pace.
I knew I was running hard but mainly attributed it to the conditions. Clearly the pace had something to do with it too. This was not a consistent pace for the 10 miles as I suffered on the hills but everything was mainly in the 7:30 to 7:50 zone with one or two either side of that.
Could I sustain that kind of pace for 26 miles even in normal conditions. I doubt it.
This week I have managed 49 miles dropping one 6 mile easy run from my plan. Not a bad week after the HM.
Next 4 weeks are heavy weeks with 60+ miles in the plan each week. It is always hard when in the thick of things to be sure whether the training is having an impact. I think it is as I would never have run the type of run I did today before. The last mile or so of the MP section was hard and the quads were hurting but that is to be expected so soon after the HM. But it was never in doubt that I would do the 10 miles.
Overall quite pleased with where I am.