Posted: 19/11/2014 at 20:39
Scott Pulley, Finish Gantry, Mile Marker, Millsy - thanks all for your welcoming!
I'm allowing myself 19 weeks for the schedule as I'll be away for 10 days in mid January (unlikely any running), other than that P&D will get my full commitment. Bearing in mind I'm running 40-50 miles a week currently, I think the 55-70 mile schedule would be the best for me. I did look at the 70-85 schedules but felt that would be a jump up for me and only increase the risk of getting injured given where I'm at.
I'm going to probably need some advice how to pace the sessions. I'm not fully understanding the whole heart rate thing! Bearing in mind I'm running for sub 3 (6:50s) what kind of pace should I be looking at for long runs, medium long runs, and general aerobic? With long runs that incorperate MP, should the MP come in the middle of the session. So for example if I'm to run 16 miles with 8 miles at MP, should I run 4, 8 at MP then 4? Or 8 miles then 8 at MP? Any advice would be appreciated.
As for the lactate threshold sessions, I'm assuming they should be steady with the emphasis placed on the 15K/HM race pace interval? My next question would be how to structure the 10x100m strides? Should they come at the end of a workout?
Sorry if I sound daft as a brush, I've only done two marathons, neither with any smart, structured training. I've generally just gone out and ran at MP for long runs, which I now realise is the completely wrong way to go about things. Still, managed 3:09 at Manchester last year but feel there's a big scope for improvement (hopefully!)
As part of the training, I've entered a 10 mile race, HM, and 20 mile race. I'd also entered a 10K but think I'll probably forget about that to place emphasis on the longer stuff.
Cheers guys, and sorry to nag.