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Little Theodor said:
Do you sometimes wonder on these MP runs how you’ll be able to sustain it for 26 miles?
Yes it's fair to say autumn is here! I stepped out into pouring rain and a stiff breeze but thankfully the rain dried up after about half an hour and by the time I'd finished it was near perfect running conditions.
Good effort on the 16. It's tough post marathon (I'm contemplating doing two marathons in the space of 3 weeks next spring) have done it before and swore I'd never do it again, but thinking if I pick one as a target and the other as an extended training run. Let's get Valencia out of the way first!
LT - 100% agree. Race discipline is so important and often underestimated. Especially in the longer (i.e. marathon) distances. It's difficult but I try to never compare how I feel in training to how I should feel in a race (when running at MP for example). In training you have no benefit of a taper, race day adrenaline and you're generally not nutritionally as on point as you would be for a target race; all factors that would come in to play on race day that should benefit you considerably. For example, I don't take any hydration or gels during training (inc. long runs) with the main objection being I will feel the benefit more on race day.
It's tough mentally when you're struggling with 30 mins of MP knowing you got multiples of that to get through on race day!
Track session tonight - oh joy!