Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:20
Kenno - just getting round should be the main aim for absolutely everyone, irrespective of how many marathons they've done, sometimes 26.2 just isn't as simple as all that! I run a 1:35 half and have a 3:26 marathon PB, so that's an extra 16 mins on top of just a straight doubling of the half time, but I do wonder whether there might be a certain amount of practice that goes in to running marathons and getting the pacing right in the latter stages. Equally you've done triathlons etc so you know what endurance events are like. I think that you could go sub-4 Kenno, it'd be worth deciding that you want to run 9m/miles from the offset rather than going out too fast and fading though, because that hurts like hell I'm afraid!!
Evening HIAHS et al. Glad to hear you are testing the knee. Just ease back in. You'll be up to 50 miles a week in no time. Talking of about converting half times to full. There's no strict rules, there's averages you get on calculators like Macmillan which is more like x 2 plus 8 mins. My conversion in 2013 was +17 mins in Spring improving to +15 in the Autumn. In 2014 I managed +14 and again I'm at +14 in 2015. I think it does take practice to execute a good marathon. The most successful marathons I've had is where I kept the pace even despite feeling like I had more energy. This turned out to be a great tactic as it gave me a few dregs of energy late on to hold my pace and pour past the death marchers. Others try to get far down the road and hang on .... I'm not really into hanging on, I prefer to dictate the run (as much as I can). But it's each to their own. Once you get back onto regular training, do your fast sessions and your Long runs, tempos and MLR and see how you get on with your Autumn half. Then we could talk about a good goal pace. I think you running for the 3.25 in Paris off your 1.35 half was spot on, but it looked like you were in front of that for a while, and then you fell behind it late on, albeit a minute, but I wonder if you had held back a little, you might of got the 3.25. In Paris 2013 I targeted 3.25 of 1.33 and got 3.23 so I probably could have been bolder, but I was over the moon with how it went, so I'll take that conversion. I don't think I'll ever convert close to Macmillan formula as I probably won't really push myself right to the edge (of that pace where it's just too fast to maintain for 26 miles)
How's everyone's training going? I might hit 50 miles this week if the body permits