I’m due to run Manchester Marathon in a couple of weeks. I’ve only ever done one marathon before and got around in 3.39 in 2019.
<div>For my first marathon I did a fair bit of training and I was training at marathon pace/quicker, this time I’ve been advised to train slower on my long runs, like 45 secs per mile slower. While I’ve been training slower, I’ve been struggling to maintain the slow and steady pace. Ive been blowing up on my long runs and my pace plummets even more, also been feeling really sick after long runs. I did get one good 20 miler in a few weeks ago at a slow pace but I’ve had numerous others that have been a disaster.
Today I wanted to get my last 20 miler in but I was struggling after mile 14 and stopped at mile 17. I was going slower than marathon pace but I was feeling sick, this may be due to anxiety.
So I now need to make a decision. Should I continue and do Manchester? I feel I would be gutted if I don’t get a PB or around the PB. On the other hand, should I just go for it and hope I get through it. If I pull out I lose my race fee and pride, if I do it I may surprise myself and be happy.</div>