What is up with all these training plans that have your long run at 20 miles. I don't know about you but I typically do better at things I have done at least once before. I can't imagine doing my first marathon ever and not having trained for it by doing more mileage than the race itself. I mean dang we have to run a 10k further than we ever have before in a race. The idea just seems insane to me.
I know plenty of people have used these plans and I want your opinions on how prepared you felt and in future marathons did you make your long run more like 24 to 28?
If you did make your long runs further did you feel better about it at the race and stick with that plan or go back to the 20 mile long run?
Thanks ahead of time I am interested in what everyone is thinking out there.
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I sit in between. My last 11 'long runs' for my first Marathon were...
13, 15, 18, 20, 18, 20, 21, 20, 22, 13.1 (HM race) , 10 , Marathon - I finished and felt pretty good, and debuted with a time of 3:56:21, exactly 14 months after I started running.
This time around (4 weeks away) my 11 final long runs will be...
18.5, 20, 21, 15.5, 22, 12 (injured), 21, 23, 13.1 (HM race) 18, 12, Marathon
Only a slight increase this time around, but enough for me to handle...hopefully : )
Anyway, the point of most articles is that if you run the full 26.2 in training you get too tired to train properly during the week. There are many plans and the long run of 20 seems to be working well for the masses.
I'd LOVE to go into a marathon with those kind of long runs!! Now that the kids are in school I maybe able to next year.
the plan I am following has me going 10,11, 12,6,14,7 16,8,18,10,20,10,22,10 24,10,26,10,8, race. Seems a bit agressive but the rest of the week isn't too bad on the body. I dunno I can always scale down if I feel fatigue I suppose.
edit- thanks for the article val, run until you puke hehe
In my opinion, the only "training" benefit people derive from running the actual race distance or longer during a training program is a little extra confidence.
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