Turned up for parkrun this morning despite feeling a bit chesty but managed to get round in 24.55, which I was happy with.
I’ve been questioning whether the London Marathon training programme is pushing me sufficiently. The weekly mileage so far hasn’t been too challenging. There are three non running days and the 4 runs coincide more or less with the club runs + parkrun + long run. This means I’ve been running at most about 28 miles a week.
I was looking at another marathon programme in Runners World. The selling point was it only went to 16 miles but it was far more demanding in terms of weekly mileage, which would have had me running over 40 miles a week by now. I liked the look of this programme as the emphasis at this stage is building strength and in practice this means more mileage but with most of it at easy run pace. The author emphasised the latter point in particular and is something I need to pay more attention to.
I’m still working this new programme out but in essence it would mean doing an 8 mile double run on Tuesday at an easy pace, perhaps a short 4 mile run on Wednesday at easy pace, 8 miles on Thursday with 6 miles at marathon pace (I’m still not sure what this is), parkrun on Saturday and the long run on Sunday. I’d like to extend this past 16 miles, perhaps to 20. But in the meantime, it would mean my weekly total over the coming weeks would increase to 40 miles. Even without the Wednesday run I could be hitting 36 miles. I’ll certainly give it a go this week and see how I feel about it.