i'd do the November race if i was you.
remember, be patient and don't crush yourself with workouts. Easy miles, steady long runs, down weeks, and marathon and HM/10k pace stuff. It's simple, just don't do too much. i look at it as 1 hard workout, 1 hard long run per week, and everything else is trying to do as many miles as the body can handle while getting you prepared to do the next hard effort. listen to your legs, don't just blindly follow a schedule. take it easy. start runs super slow and build into pace. massage. hot tubs. cookies. legs up
my best marathon (2:28) was a weird buildup where i'd do 60-65 miles and some tough workouts one week, then have to drop down to 45-50 the next with just a short 5k paced workout and fast finish long run. I just went up and down for 6-7 weeks and then felt amazing the last 10 days of training. LESS WORK IS BETTER IF YOU ARE SIMPLY RUNNING EVERY DAY and doing some workouts around HM and 10k pace. Even something like 6 x 2 min @ 5k pace on 60 seconds rest. Or 6-8 x mile @ HM pace on 60 sec rest will get you FIT and fresh for easy marathon pace
best of luck
BQ Dreams wrote:
PR is 3:10 on 55mpw. Was in 2:56-58 shape on 62mpw last winter (1:24 half) then had an injury. This cycle has been an abbreviated buildup, w/only 3 weeks greater than 50mpw and I'm peaking this week at 66. Ran a 1:32:00 half (7:01/mile pace) 5 weeks before marathon day. Race is in 17 days. Today I ran a 12-mile tempo run averaging 7:06/mile. I need to average 7:04 to break 3:05:00 and hopefully get into Boston '18 in the 35-39 age group.
Is breaking 3:05:00 on Oct. 2 realistic? Or should I hold off for a November marathon and continue building up?