I’ve just come off of your level 3 100 mile plan. It was my second time through it. The first time I caught Covid just before the race. Both times I struggled to get through it but it was much worse the second time and I was rarely able to get my HR into zone. With that said I just did the Self Transcendence 24 hour race in London and still managed 92 miles so it wasn’t all bad. I was much slower than I should have been though even just getting to the first 64 miles took me more than two hours longer than expected. I did manage my fastest 10 miles 19 hours into the race in a stunning good patch where I was by far the fastest person on the track for 90 mins!
Anyway, my questions are as follows:
1: I think I over reached and over trained. I have plenty of time before my next race. How best to recover over the next couple of months?
2: my next race is Edinburgh Marathon in May 23 which is flat and fast. I am thinking my best way to a PB is to drop to a level 2 marathon plan with a str plan. I think I will be much better if I hit the sessions well and don’t over train. Do you think this is the right approach?
It does sound like the training was more than what you body was able to adapt to. We always recommend athletes choosing the training level they can do, not the level they want to do. If you feel like you have over done things this last training block then I would recommend taking some time away from structured training, reduce volume, focus on good sleep and nutrition and short runs with some variety. Strength and HIIT training can also be added in once feeling energised again.
Yes I agree that it sounds like a Level 2 plan might be more doable for you on your next training block.