Having run a marathon pb of 3.29 at Manchester with relative ease (save a painful last 5 miles where I had terrible calf ramps resulting in lots of frustrated stopping and stretching), my aim is to better my time at Nottingham and aim for around a 3.25 – only a few minutes faster but now it’s fast approaching, the fear is setting in that I am woefully underprepared!! I have been looking at (and sort of following, but not with that much commitment) a plan that promises to deliver awesome marathon results on only 3 runs a week – one long run, then 2 shorter, harder runs midweek (think threshold repeats, hill work, Yasso 800s). This largely goes against the grain of the vast majority of marathon training plans which tend to advocate fairly high mileage for a sub 3.30 time (40-50 being the norm, whereas i’m only running about 30). However, being a (very) time-strapped working mum with a very active job and a 6 week school holiday slap-bang in peak training weeks, it appealed! With less than 3 weeks to go and my final long run yesterday, all the hard work as been done now though, and in all honesty, I don’t feel that I have done nearly enough to replicate my Manchester run in any way, shape or form.... I’m starting to feel quite anxious that come mile 16, the wheels will fall off and I’ll end up disappointed and broken.....only time will tell! Just 3 more weeks of a bit of fine tuning and we’re off.....i’ll let you know!