I'm going back to my Jack Daniels!
Marathon race "season" here is late Autumn through Winter. I wanted to do a HM this year - but I knew that from a training point of view, our 7 weeks overseas was exactly at the wrong time. But the last Marathon Festival in my area is on 30 August, and I thought that I could "get up to speed " ( so to speak ) in 10 weeks . But after the last couple of weeks - I don't think so. I'm not sure actually that my heart is even in it -- so I think I will go back to Jack Daniels 16 week "Running for Fitness" RED plan . I got 8 weeks through it before running my one and only 10K "race" - which I completed very surprisingly in 1 hour 3 minutes ( I am very suspicious about the accuracy of the clock that they used!!)
JD has 4x16 week plans under his "Running for Fitness" Chapter - White, RED, Blue and Gold. These are plans to get people fit and running to a very high level - but with no particular race distance in mind. He does insist that people do race during their training - and then use the result of their race to calculate the pace they are to run at for his various workouts.
I feel that this suits me better than feeling the pressure of an upcoming race. I also found it difficult to explain to a friend why I would sign up for and pay $100 to enter a race that I have no chance of winning!!!
Today I came 128th out of 268 runners at Parkrun -- I must admit though that MANY of them were dressed up as Pirates and Princesses and ran like that -- silly them!!! They looked like they were having fun though!