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Have been tying myself in knots since my last long run and am having a real dilemma about what min/miling I want/need to do on race day for FLM.
Did my last long run (suposed to be 18M) on Tues instead of last Sun. Admittedly it was a little off the cuff and I wasn't as prepared as I would usually be for a long training run (e.g crap dinner the night before and no attention to hydration the day before) but I had some unexpected time and did it. Anyway, I recreated the conditions of FLM and did a flat canal run (as admittedly most of my training has been trails and hills) which I aimed to run at 8:30min/miling.
Anyway, pace was good and my splits varied between 8:18 and 9:07. However, I found it very hard to keep going both mentally and physically and ended up stopping at 16.5M. I then walked for a bit and ran another half mile at 10min/miling pace as it was up a hill.
Am now worrying about race pace! I had planned to run at 8:45 min miling at London but am now worried this may be too fast. Thought I'd run some training statistics past you all to see what decision you would make if you were me. I know we are all different but just want to hear your thoughts. I don't want to tell you any of my marathon history, just want you to base your advice on my training for FLM.
This is the highest mileage I have ever done and I have done the most long runs I ave ever done in training for a marathon. I have finished them all feeling pretty good really.
Jan = 215M includes 3x16M and 1x17M which avaeraged 9:20min/miling (on concrete)
Feb = 220M includes 1x16M 2x18M 1x21M and 1x25M fell race (18:00min/miling 5000ft)
16M = 9:00min/miling concrete
18.6M race = 8:50min/miling concrete
18M = 9;20min/miling trail and concrete
21M = 11:05 min/miling trail and xcountry plus 3500ft
Mar = 249M includes 2x15M 2x21M 1x22.5M 13.1M race
13.1M = 1:44:55 8:01min/miling concrete
15M = 8:55min/miling trails and concrete
15M = 9:30min/miling all trails
21M = 8:55min/miling canal tow path
21M = 9:27min/miling hilly m/t x country race
22.5M = 9:25min/miling trails with conctrete last 6M
So .... with that training in mind, but also considering the burn out on the 16.5M I did at 8:40min/miling ..... what would you do??
What min/miling would you aim for in London?