Highs and Lows of Marathon Training!! Hopefully more Highs!! by Ali_Dewy

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  • 24 miles.... Tick!!

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    Sep2320143:41 p.m.

    On Sunday morning I set off to run my longest run before York Marathon. As I mentioned in my previous blog I have always run 24 miles 3 weeks before my other marathons and although I know I am in no way as good a shape as I have been for any of the other 3 I wanted to get through the 24 miles just for my own peace of mind. All my training, including the few long runs I have managed, have been done on fairly hilly routes this time. I conciously made this decision in order to push myself that bit harder for my fourth marathon and in hope of getting a PB. With things not working out quite to plan this last couple of months and struggling with my 20 miler last Sunday I decided to take to the canal for a flat run to give me a better chance of completing the distance. Normally I wouldn't be running 2 long runs on consecutive Sundays either, I have normally run 20, 16, 22,12, 24 but with time running out since i have been able to run again I had to change my plan. Anyway back to this Sunday... James offered to keep me company, motivated and hydrated by cycling alongside me. Keeper eh?? ;) It was brilliant. I didn't have to worry about carrying water or gels as he passed me them as and when and I kept a nice even, manageable pace of 8:35 as I ran along and chatted away the miles. 3 hrs 25 mins of running went really quickly and without any real problems. I did start to struggle towards the end as I got more tired and both knees and feet started to get more painful but having James there to keep my mind busy really helped. I did feel very tired in the last few miles and I aren't going to lie I am concerned that I am going to struggle with the marathon more than I ever have and still can't decide where to set my pace. In my head I would love to at least still come close to last years time of 3:27:46 but realistically I think I need to prepare myself so as not to be disappointed. On the plus side my recovery was good and neither my feet or knees or ribs for that matter seem to be any worse than before the long run. I haven't run since yet though, that test will be this evening at the 4 x 1 mile effort session at the club. So I still have a week and a half before I am going to start thinking about tapering and maybe by then I can make a better decision on my race pace in York on 12th October.

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    • AngusMc 'Great news. I would leave the pace assessment right up to the last minute. You won't really know what you are capable of this time as things have been so up and down, the positive is you are now on a big "up" as we approach race day and a month ago that looked doubtful. You may surprise yourself and be able to set a realistic PB target pace and stick it out - wait and see !' added 23rd Sep 2014

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    • DavidHaworth1965 'Hi Ali, great to hear you had such a great long run, and pretty damn fast, all things considered. I agree with Angus; leave the pace decision till the last minute. I'm doing exactly the same. See you on the 12th! ' added 23rd Sep 2014

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    • gloshawk 'Blimey, Ali, that is one hell of a pace (not to mention distance). I'm so pleased that you've got that one under your belt - whatever good the run has done for your fitness (and that'll be a lot), it'll have done more for your confidence. Splendid, splendid. On a yard.' added 23rd Sep 2014

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    • gaellebryant 'Fantastic long run at a great pace... Great to hear you had company too...' added 23rd Sep 2014

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    • Jennymcc 'Great running Ali. You'll probably surprise yourself on the day Ali. Having those 24 miles in your legs will help plus you will have tapered by then. ' added 23rd Sep 2014

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    • HOBSCowboy 'Great 24 miles - good to get the confidence high, those last 2.2 miles in 3 weeks time will be no problem with the race atmosphere. As for race pace, you'll make the best choice I'm sure, or maybe make no decision and just surprise yourself on the day?' added 23rd Sep 2014

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    • Rob_Barber 'Heck Ali - 24 at that pace, I'd say you're in great shape! You should take massive confidence from a run like that :-)' added 23rd Sep 2014

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    • crooxi 'Impressive distance, impressive time, and no particular problems: it's looking good for York - I think you may surprise yourself.' added 24th Sep 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'as rob says ali be confident! that was a cacking run,leave all negative thoughts to one side from now,whats gone has gone,you cant change the past you can only alter the future,i reckon you are gonna demolish york i really do. confidence,confidence,confidence!' added 24th Sep 2014

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    • moose10 'what a great confidence boost Ali, I'm a firm believer that a enforced rest can pay dividends in the long run. 2 people I trained with for vlm booth had enforced lay offs and both were nervous about distance and pace and the both pb'd. Don't try to play catch up,don't force it and i know your'e going to end up surprising yourself.' added 24th Sep 2014

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    • Berlin_Bolt 'Super running Ali. I agree with the others, a rest is often a positive not a negative! Keep it up, you're doing great! :)' added 24th Sep 2014

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    • libbylaird 'Great long run Ali.....plus having James as company would have certainly kept you motivated. Keeper...yep! As with what everyone else has said wait until the nearer the time to decide pace and if the day doesn't go to plan (and I really hope it does) just make sure you enjoy it....it's a lot of miles to be miserable!' added 24th Sep 2014

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