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After reading another poster's thread about juggling a marathon training schedule, i wondered what your experiences were of dealing with holes in your plan. e.g. I plan to follow the P&D 18wk 55mile program for a spring marathon, but taking a quick look at my diary I can see one weekend in March when I know I won't be able to do a long run, and I think it's one of my scheduled 20mile runs, which at my pace will take over 3 hours.
I like to run my long runs on a Saturday, fits in with my schedule much better to then rest on Sundays. But on this particular weekend I'll be away and will be unable to spare the 3 hours plus prep/afters etc. Because of travel and commitments that weekend I'm basically on a running hiatus on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The weeks either side of this weekend look like this (w.c Monday)
7 miles, 11mile tempo, 12 mile, rest, [5 mile, 20 mile, rest]
8 mile intervals, 12 mile, rest, 5mile, 6 mile fast, 17 mile, rest
so somehow I need to squeeze the 20 mile Saturday run into the week before or the week after, and push up the other sessions accordingly. If i have to drop a run, i'll drop the 5mile recovery run on the first Friday, but just popping the 20 miler onto the Thursday after a 7, 11, 12 doesn't seem too wise.
Any ideas? I'm sure most people could take a look at an 18 week training plan and find a time in it that is going to clash with other commitments so i'm intigued about how you resolve this type of thing.