I could ask this on joggersworld but interval-based training seems more accepted here!
Has anyone managed a marathon at a reasonable pace on lots of intervals and very few long runs?
I ran a 35:30 10k at the weekend and my wife said 'you should do a marathon'. OK, I said. Then started thinking about it.
I'd like to do London in 2013 and I'd like to qualify for a 'good for age' place by running a sub-3:10 race before July. Holidays etc mean that the only possible option for me to qualify is in Manchester in 2.5 weeks.
I ran 3:14 a few years ago but I'm much fitter now in terms of 10k pace. I'm running about 20 miles a week including lots of painful intervals. My longest run in the last few weeks has been a 16-miler and that was ok. I'm tempted to do a 3 hour run next weekend with some race pace thrown in before making a final decision.
Can anyone tell me if I'm being stupid?