Posted: Yesterday at 09:04
Will – I've managed to get my easy pace to 9:00 min miles which is where I wanted to be at the start of the plan. My long run on Sunday was 20 miles that included 10 @ MP (from 7-16). The first 6 were ok and then I turned it to a strong headwind where the next 2 were doable and the last 2 were hard going. Sounds like your ‘minimal’ plan is working for you and that’s the main thing and a good tempo run too. And a good long run at the weekend, it makes you feel good each time your longer run gets longer.
Ricky – what’s the weather like over the border at the moment ? Have you got any races lined up yet ?
Ali – nice progress from you with your easy pace getting quicker, that’s always a confidence boost. And a great long run in what sound terrible conditions, all this will make you stronger come race day. Nothing wrong with feeling exhausted and achy, you just now need to rest well and not overdo things. Look after those shins as well.
Washwood – re fueling. Obviously it’s personal to each individual but I wouldn't have thought you would need to take your fist gel at 7.5 miles into a long run. Have you tried to go longer, say 13/14 miles, before you take one ? Great progressive 20 from you and very speedy too, all positive signs for London. I agree with the others as well when they say that you should try for a PB at your half. You should recover reasonably quickly so it shouldn't interfere to much with your marathon training.
Carl – hills/undulations/climbs will all benefit you regardless of their incline and length. Good on you for including some climbs at MP pace, I find that pace really tough to maintain on climbs. I know you won’t have settled on your pace for Chicago yet but do you have any thoughts about if you will really be going for 3:30 and risk blowing up or if you want to ‘just’ get round in a new PB ? My plans for the next few weeks are below.
PS – glad to see you have sorted out your ‘easy’ pace now you are across the pond !!! Glad to see one of the youth of today dealing with a bit of pain without whinging too much. When he does mention it, though, I hope you are totally understanding to him and give him lots of sympathy !
I've just noticed that I have 4 weeks of training before I start to taper ! That seems to have come round rather quick. This week is another big week for me and I’m looking at 52/53 miles again hopefully. My long run on Saturday, which will be my 4th of the plan, is going to be an off road, ‘easy’ run of about 22 miles with a couple of thousand feet of elevation. Next week is a cut back week followed by 2 more big weeks where I will be looking to hit the 55 miles mark each week. I will also be trying to get in more MP miles in my medium and long runs. Then it’s time to take it easy. The only issue I have, that is still hanging about, is my fuelling strategy for race day. I took out some gels with me on Sunday’s long run with the intention of taking them when I was about 6/7 miles into my MP session. That didn’t happen and I pushed on without taking them. I need to make up my mind sooner rather than later as, if I decide I’m going to take gels, then I need to take some on my training runs. There are so many schools of thought about this that I’m not sure which option is best for me.