Right, I have a dilemma that I thought that you helpful and knowledgeable people might be able to help out with. It's quite a long post but please bear with me.
As some of you may or may not know I'm training at the moment for the New Forest marathon. This is supposed to be an interim goal race on the way to FLM08 and doing about 50mile/week atm. I entered after Edinburgh didn't quite to plan and a combination of factors (too fast too early/race Nutrition/windy course(!) put be about 25mins behind my goal time of 3:15. The rest of the year was supposed to be doing some shorter stuff (up to half mara) to get speed up but after Edinburgh I wanted to get another mara in and NF fitted the bill but it falls infront of other planned races (GSR, Windsor Half, Cabbage Patch 10 and a couple of 10ks)
Recently I've been having second thoughts on account of,
1. training doens't seem to be going as well as I hoped.
2. Going to be busy over the next few weeks and fitting it all in is going to be hard.
3. slight loss of mojo.
4. Starting to pick up a lot of niggles - Left foot PF intermitently causing problems/Left calf strain still not right/right foot AT is sore the last few days.
Option 1 - Continue training as planned and run NF marathon. Pros - another marathon under the belt and a reason to keep the mileage high, hence build the endurance for FLM 2008. cons - not likely to do a great time in NFM or following races.
Option 2 - Sack off NF mara, but keep mileage highish and race in the shorter races - aiming for a good time. Pros - good mileage base for FLM maintained without the breakdown following marathon in sept. Good times to be (hopefully achieved) in a number of races. Cons - Missed Marathon and experience. Revised goal for FLM.
Option 3 - Sack off NF mara - take a couple of weeks off, let body recover and then start a long FLM build up taking in the other races on the way. Pros - good prep for FLM, good chance of decent times in races later in the year. Cons - as Option 2 + loss of fitness.
Option 4 - Accept that NF is going to be rubbish time wise but will be good experience and training but don't "race" it. Pros - another marathon under the belt. Cons - maybe a bit too much and and not be able to recover in time for other races, therefore lose out in all races.
Long post - sorry but any advice would be really useful.
Happy days y'all!