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I am training for my first marathon (London). I have some questions that I was hoping more expert runners could help me with.
I did the Brighton half a couple of weekends ago and did OK (got in under my target of 2 hours - final time was 1hr 59). But I was completely spent afterwards and took 3 or 4 days to recover. I did no training for a week and this weekend tried to do 25k at a steady pace, but hit the wall at 20.5 and my left hamstring was really tightening up (and I was running with a mild head cold). Am worried that I won't be in shape for the big day.
I have had advice that this meant my body needed rest and that I should take it easy this week. Does that sound right?
I have a modest goal in mind for the actual marathon - 4.30/4.45. Any general advice other than keep training? How many very long runs should I do before the big day?
Many thanks in advance -- any advice much appreciated!