I joined other local marathons (Subaru and RUPM) due to more lenient cut off time. And yet in both races, I still finished beyond 6 hours 30 minutes.
And yet I was enticed for Milo Marathon as it is celebrating its 40th edition. But I didn't have high hopes for it as lacked mileage for it.
I changed my strategy this time and incorporated a lot of speedwork. So shorter weekly distances but more effort due to faster pace. Because of it, I was able to bring my 10k below one hour (three times this year) and 21km below 2:30.
One setback for me was when I did the Run United 32km as a test run for my endurance. It did not turn out well. In fact, it was horrible as I finished at a time of 4:30 and pace of 8:25, which is too close pace wise for a sub-6 hour marathon. I was discouraged once again and debated whether I should continue with the Milo Marathon or veto it all together.
In the end, I decided to push through with the Marathon as I had already registered for it, with my personalized
name on it and "21" next to it to signify that this will be my 21st marathon.
But I still wasn't convinced that I would do well here and thought of quitting when I reach BGC and just run/walk home. But Per told me to finish the race regardless of the outcome as I had never quit before and I shouldn't start now.
To which I agreed to her point and will try my best for this race. I was able to do one more 32km solo run and whose results turned out well. It was taper time after this and I did one fast 21km race (Takbo.ph Runfest) as final long run before Milo Marathon.