Posted: 11/03/2014 at 15:41
Afternoon all, I'd like your advice if you wouldn't mind
I'm currently training for Manchester marathon on the 6th April, I was aiming for a good for age time of 3 hours 5 mins and as it's so close to 3 hours had a sub 3 as my "everything goes perfect" target.
Training had been going well, consistantly doing 40-50+ mile weeks, a 1:26:27 half marathon and building my long run up steadily.
I had run one of my scheduled 20 milers when I took a week off to shake a niggle in my foot... all good so far... managed one gentle run just over a fortnight ago, and after went down with the most vicious head cold I think I've ever experienced.
I've now missed my second 20 miler, plus the two and a bit weeks training around it, I'm supposed to be doing another half marathon on Sunday and then be heading into my taper...
Obviously my set targets are now pretty much out the window, and am looking to just complete, but how would you advise the best way to be able to ease myself back into training without completely ruining myself, but also putting myself in the best possible position for race day?
Should I rejoin my training schedule at the appropriate place (the taper) and treat it as a slow build up rather than the build down from the training I've had to miss? Or is there an alternative I've not considered?
Should also point out, I've been following a slightly adapted version of the up to 55 miles P&D advanced marathoning schedule (kept the long runs, medium long runs and allowed for the fact my club nights have different things planned on Tuesdays)
I'd still very much like to enjoy the day as best I can given the circumstances, so any advice is most apprieciated.