Posted: 18/05/2014 at 09:01
So a big lump of advice needed if you would be so kind.
White Peak marathon yesterday, 3:18:28 and 14th place- pleased with the placing but not the time- was very hot yesterday-more salt dried on me after the race than in our kitchen- and 5 weeks after London so probably had some of that in my legs (although judging by other on here multiple marathoning is no excuse for poor times.
My plan yesterday was even pacing a 3:10 run (common thinking is white peak is 10 mins slower than road marathon),the first 8 miles has 700+ foot of climb so 7:15m/m on that was probably too fast even though didn't feel like it- Kept 7:15m/m pace for 25k then started to slow, so just like London a disappointing last 15k unlike London where I was passed by 700+ in the last 7k yesterday I moved up from 25th to 14th in the last 10k-so better runners than me were struggling, only passed by 1 runner in last 10k-(the female winner).
I seem to have the pace early on then massively fade in the last 2/5th of a marathon-WHY??
I am looking at much more structured training for the next marathon-need to get the endurance a lot better- this is the bit I need advice on;
My long slow runs are usually 7:45 ish pace 20-22 miles and feel comfortable, did 6 of these before London and a 19 miler @ 7:22 pace between London and White Peak- are these too fast?- do I need more of them? will tempo sessions help with endurance or should I stack my training towards long runs (weekly mileage this year av 64 miles)
I have Robin Hood marathon in 20 weeks- hopefully next sub 3 attempt then 4 weeks after that Snowdonia for the fun of it not the time!- Then London 2015 (with my GFA from last year) as another sub 3 attempt.
So another question for the 20 weeks which of these options sounds best;
short 2 week recovery then the 18 week PnD plan.
longer 8 weeks recovery then 12 week PnD plan.
Sorry for the self indulgent post but I know I can improve feel if I get things right Sub 3 is well within me- just need help from people who have been there and done it!-must join a club also!
BTW good luck HR sure you will show multiple marathoning and improving times can be done!!