Posted: 09/04/2014 at 10:11
Hey thanks everyone, I'm under no illusion as to how hard a marathon will be, I have nothing but respect for anyone attempting to undertake one but I found a whole new respect for it during that last long run and that was just 16 miles.
My usual race pace is about 9 min per mile so my LSR's are ran about 10:30-11:30 min per mile. I find it very hard to run slower as it really affects my lower back due to the slow plodding.
Before entering this marathon I thought that I had enough experience having ran 4 HM's and 5 10k's over the last 3 years. My HM PB is 2hr 1 min, and my 10k PB is 54 mins. My diet is not great to be honest and I'm not the smallest of runners at 6ft 3 and 16 stone. My main reason for running is to drop some weight which up to now has been working great. But I really think the marathon distance is a push to far.
I'm now thinking about entering a few more HM's this year and look at doing a much longer marathon training program next year when I'm more experienced and at a better weight.
I probably could complete the 26.2 miles but I know I wouldn't enjoy it and I'm of the belief (right or wrong) that it should be ran, not walked and for me a time over 5 hours is just not worth all the training and effort. Id want a time of 4:30.
At the 20 mile mark I bet everyone would be feeling very tired but they would still be a hint of enjoyment there am I right? I'm concerned that carrying on with longer distances I would start to hate running, and with anything under 15 miles I love it!
Thanks for all the replies its really helping me decide what is best to do.