It's been a while since I have been to the boards...I am hoping a marathoner can help me, as I am getting down to the wire with my decision making.
I have been running for 3 years, in between two pregnancies, with one half marathon under my belt that was finished in 1:56 (2009)
My next half marathon is in two weeks, but I have been using Hal Higdons full marathon novice 2 plan to train with. I have secretly had my eye on Vermont City but I am afraid I don't have the years or miles behind me to confidently sign up. But with that being said, I have finished 6 weeks of training. Yesterday's run was 12.6 miles full of hills and headwinds of 30-40 mph so I am hoping that is why I was so disgustingly exhausted at the end.
So, here are my two questions that I REALLY need your advice with.
1) my half marathon falls in week 8 of the training program. Hal has it in week 9. That means I am cutting down my long run by a mile that week. Is this ok
2) at what point to a bite the bullet to sign up for Vermont ( May 28) or chose a fall marathon and keep this base mileage of 25 miles a week for the spring and summer?
Thank you so much for any help and insight! I don't have many running friends, never mind marathon running friends to ask!