I am a runner - just back from a long term injury (Achilles) - I will be running the Edinburgh marathon next year and at 49 I've one ambition - to run under 3:15 (good for age)
I only took up running a few years ago and my first marathon was 3:18 - since then I've run 3:16 twice and a 3:14 (but it was in Manchester and the course was re-measured and found to be short so the time was voided)
Each time I've trained using the Hal Higdon training plan but each time - I've found the last 6 miles very difficult and have lost time badly to schedule - i know im easily capable of low 3 hours but i just cant seem to put it all together.
I am particularly confused by the part of the plans that all seem to advocate that the long run should be slow and steady - how do you then prepare to run a fast time on the day.
I have a completely blank slate to start training and im willing to follow any best advice
I have time and I have have my own treadmill in the house so can follow whatever is best to get me to my goal
What is the current best advice