After the Mapledurham 10 in December 2016, I had a recurring pain in my right knee which caused me to stop running for several weeks. I was all set to run the Marathon de Paris in April and was starting to wonder if I should withdraw. Then I heard an interview with Steve Smythe on Marathon talk, where he described how he'd managed to get through a marathon once on virtually no training. Inspired by this, I looked up "emergency marathon plan" on Google and found a Men's Health article by Steve where he gives two suggested four week plans.
With five weeks to go, I used a slightly modified version of Steve's plan and managed to run Paris at a very even pace and finished in 4:00:04. Here is a summary of my running schedule for those five weeks. I had not run since 5 February.
|Date||Distance (km)||Time||Avg HR||Avg Pace||Description|
moderate pace for 33min
2:30min cool down
picked up towards the end
(must have needed the loo)