Well, not really, but it makes a better title than “ooh, that smarts a bit”.
So, one week after running 75 miles at Endure 24 I thought I’d better start some marathon training for the Bournemouth & Poole Marathon in October. With all the ultra training I’ve been doing for most of the year, I don’t really have any stamina for speed any more. I can still run at a reasonable pace for a couple of miles but it all goes to pot after that.
I’m not really sure how – as an ultra runner – you train for a marathon. I’ve sort of made up my own plan which is to add more speed endurance work (25-30 minute tempo reps, hill reps and some moderate intervals), shorten some of the longer runs (bring some 12 milers down to, maybe, 8 miles) and speed them up. But I also don’t want to lose the distance, so I want to make sure I get a couple of 20-30 mile runs in each month as a slow pace, just to enjoy myself. Continue reading →