Posted: 24/04/2015 at 13:22
Canter - I think I am mad. I remember posting this back in January before I committed to this high mileage, 6 runs per week plan.
I am not exactly sure what I will top out at in training. I am guessing it will be 50 - 60 miles which will need 5 runs minimum per week. The Hansons plan requires 6 runs per week and I need to have a think this week if that is something I can really commit to.
I have trained very much with a 3:30 target in mind but I was not really sure how I would adjust to running 6 days a week and not really having cut back weeks. This week is my third week in a row being in the 60+ miles space which was something i considered to be out of my reach.
So when I started this I was thinking that Chicago would be where I go for sub 3:30 and that Richmond would be as close to 3:30 as I can get because it is hilly.
I have done so much more training on the hills on Hampstead Heath hoping that this might help come race day.
The profile for my 18 mile run the last few weeks looks like this :
This has an elevation gain of approx 1160 feet.
This is a profile of what lies ahead in Richmond in a few weeks time with a whopping elevation gain of 1750 feet :
an alternative view of the same thing is :
So I am going to have to think about my strategy. Sub 3:30 on this course would be fantastic and I could then really go for it in Chicago and see how far under I can go. But to get sub 3:30 will need a very controlled race as the hills will take their toll. That is the only certainty about race day. Anyway I have a few weeks to think this one through. No doubt I will get some help with it along the way too.
Ali - great to see you back in the gym. Had a look at your race photos and I am amazed that despite your considerable difficulties you were still smiling. Well done you. And great that you are back in the gym and feeling strong. Like your 2 marathons a year strategy.
PS - listen to ALi. Nothing but rest and ice until Sunday. But if on the day it is not recovered listen to your body. There are plenty of other races but recovering from an injury is not pleasant.
Canter - great splits from your session yesterday evening. Looks like you have got rid of the effects of your marathon.
Nell - weather looks good for a tilt at a seriously good PB for you. Your training has gone well.
washwood - enjoy the experience and then when the effects of the event wear off you can think about what is next. For now just rest and prepare for the greatest event to unfold.
8 miles easy for me early this am. Only about 12 hours between finishing my run last night and being back out there today. So it was not an easy easy 8 mile