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I'm loosely planning to run the London Marathon backwards then forwards next April. Starting first thing and running the course back to front, then turning around and running it forwards with the runners/event itself.
I've completed 4 marathons, plenty of halfs and a fair bit of adventure racing. Best Marathon time 3:26. I'd like to get advice from people on a few things:
1. What sort of time should I be aiming for first time round. My baseline is to complete but, being a bit competitive with myself, I'd like to set myself a target as a challenge. I'm guessing about 8 hours or so.
2. I cycle to work most of the time (16 miles per working day) and want to factor this into my training. Has anyone got experience of using a high level of cross training in their ultra-marathon schedule. My marathon training is usually sprints tuesday, tempo on thursday, long run on Sunday (the FIRST insititute three day schedule). Bike most of the other weekdays and rest saturday. Any advice or experience to share would be valuable.
3. Any hints on the turnaround? I'm assuming I'll have a slight break between the back/forwards section. I want to use that time effectively if I have it. I'm assuming a good feed on something I've run on before in training and just keep it loose.
4. Anyone else planning doing this?