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Okay i'm doing my first marathon on 21st March.
I've been using the cool runnings intermediate training.
Two weeks ago i was meant to run 24 miles, i hit the wall at 22.96 and walked the remainder. I lost 5 pounds that day from sweating. I've learned i need to drink more.
So this Sunday i'm going to attempt 26 miles with my wife meeting me every 6 miles with water, i'll be carrying water with me too.
Has anyone else did a run like this coming up to a marathon, any advice whether to do it or not.
The value of long runs over 20 miles has always been debated, mainly because the risk of injury increases as you tire. So partly it should depend on how you're feeling in those last few miles. If you're feeling very tired and sloppy, it may be better to stop than to continue. (The longest training run I've ever done is 22 miles.) Also keep in mind that you probably won't be able to replace all the fluid that you lose while running. There's a physical limit on how much water your digestive tract can absorb per hour, and it's usually less that what you sweat out.
For my first marathon, I went as far as 28 miles in training, mostly for the psychological assurance I could do it. In the process, I beat myself up so much before the marathon, that I had to take a month off just before it. Since then, I've not gone over 24 miles.
What you drink is important. Water takes longer to be absorbed than a mix of sugars and electrolytes like Gatorade. Try not to lose more than 1 lb from dehydration: there's substantial evidence that it will strongly hurt your performance.
Im debating almost the same thing right now...except Im running a Half in a week.....I think Im gonna stick with 6-7 miles this week...I know I can make the 13.1 but I want to make sure that I dont hurt myself training and then running the half right after (within the week).
Good luck on ur Marathon. These guys have great advice, I hope you do well :-)
Moes Better Half Marathon 03/07/10--- 2:26:37 (my very first race)
I would have to agree with Lenzlaw. I run about 3-5 Marathons per year and I only go upto 20 miles in my training up the race. Anything above 20 has a high risk of an injury. If you are working towards your first marathon I would strive more for time on feet than actual distance. The longest you should run for the marathon is about three hours time on feet.
BTW, I did once go well above 20 in a training run. Was on travel and while running a 20 mile run I lost my car keys and had to run back to the hotel - 8 miles away to call my wife to bring me my other keys. She was not happy...
Most marathon coaches and schedules recommend up to 20-22 miles, but seldom further due to the potential for injury. Jeff Galloway is an exception, but he asserts that the walking interspersed with the running reduces injury potential. For 2008 Olympics, Magdalena Lewy Boulet training under Jack Daniels went to 28 miles, but she's an elite runner.
Okay i attempted the 26 miles, i had my wife meet me every 6 miles to help with water.
But after mile 19 i felt a twinge on the outer side of my knee, i carried on for another mile and then decided its best to stop, so called the wife to pick me up.
Now i'm afraid i have ITBS. Started to hurt going downstairs and then i was eating out and after i got up it was worse and i was near hobbling. But currently feels okay walking. Its weird but has me freak out as i'm 3 weeks away from my first marathon.