today i felt like a runner!

Week ten of my London marathon training completed today with a 15 mile run in 1hour 59 mins. I actually enjoyed it, I was worried after last weeks 13 mile run which seemed to hit home the just how far 26 miles is! But today I feel more positive, never have I ran so far for so long without stopping. Bring on 17 miles next weekend!


  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Good running, well done. We all go through stages at the start where we think we are never going to get there and then suddenly it all comes together.

    What time are you aiming for at London?
  • Well I was hoping to get under 4 hours, but the competitive nature in me fancies the challenge of 3hrs 37mins that a marathon calculator has come up up with based on the 1hr 43 mins I did 13 miles in. I might be getting carried away...
  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Make sure you don't go too fast on your long runs, I used to do that and it left me too tired in the week to give 100% in my midweek runs / sessions.
  • Millsy, that is one thing I am finding difficult, it seems odd to me that you would practice the long runs at a pace slower than you are actually going to do it on the day?
  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    I know it sounds odd but after my first 2 marathons I started running most of my long runs at about 60 - 90 seconds a mile slower than marathon pace. It enabled me to go faster on my shorter midweek runs as I wasn't shattered. I went from 3.38 to 3.19 without actually adding any more mileage.
  • How long were you midweek runs, mine are four/five miles 3 times a week incorporating interval and hill work.
  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    For my first couple I did 3 or 4 runs in the week. I think they were something like 5, 6, 8 and maybe another 6

    Are you following a plan? If so keep to that and you should be fine for your first marathon.
  • Yes following a plan, will also try to slow the long runs, the increased mileage might just help that! Thanks for the advice.
  • stutyrstutyr ✭✭✭

    CJ71, for the long runs remember you don't want to tire yourself so much that you can't continue training in the week after.  Come the day of the marathon you can run as fast as you want, and it doesn't matter if you can't go for a run in the week after.

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