Posted: Yesterday at 13:00
I've never been a mileage monster. I did throw in a couple of weeks of 90-100 miles when peaking last year, mainly by adding a couple of running doubles per week, but average in the 8 weeks leading to taper was 62 mpw. But I tend to do a lot of cross training, especially spinning (2/3 x/wk) and cycling over the summer before concentrating more on running in the month or two before the marathon.
I wish it felt relatively comfortable! Berlin was weird, I had doubts in my head from early on as to whether it felt harder than it should based on previous experience. Even at halfway in a textbook 1:15:52 (I was aiming for 2:32:00) I doubted I could hold the pace, but just kept plugging away, ran evenly till I was completely spent at the finish. I haven't worn a HR monitor for a few years now, so race pacing is always a combination of target pace based on recent performance, and perceived effort.
Anyway, that was my fifth (raced) marathon, and although I've never completely blown up (splits have ranged from 1 minute negative to 3.5 mins positive) I'm still not sure exactly what the perfect race should feel like!