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justamaniac Legend 192 posts since
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Aug 18, 2011 4:49 PM

I need some input to my marathon training

I'm running my first marathon in Oct (Chicago).  I've run several 14 milers, 16 miles twice, an 18, and today 20 miles.  Today's 20 miler pretty much did me in - I had to walk the better part of the last 2 miles. My question:  instead of taking next week as a "light" week (see training schedule below), should I go for another 20 miler next week?

Upcoming long run schedule:

next week:  13 miles

next:  18.5 miles (I've registered for a 30K event as a dress rehersal for the marathon...I'd like to not use this run as a full-out experiment)

next:  12 miles

next:  20 miles

next:  12 miles

next:  8 miles

next:  marathon

I want to make sure that I have "the juice" to do all 26.2 miles.  Today did nothing to instill any confidence in my ability to do so, thus I'm wondering if I should give it another go before the 30K event.

All comments welcome.

thx

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,391 posts since
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    1. Aug 18, 2011 7:11 PM (in response to justamaniac)
    Re: I need some input to my marathon training

    No, follow your schedule.  There are a lot of reasons for your 20 being less than great.  Maybe you need that step-back week.  At any rate, you'll have good days and not-so-good days, and bad days.  This was a not-so-good day (on a bad day, you would have quit at 12 miles).  Accept that it wasn't all you would have liked, learn your lessons, and continue with your plan.

     

    Also, avoid "racing" that 30K, it's a little too long.  Maybe go at training pace for most of it and do the last 4 or 5 miles at marathon pace.

     

    And BTW, you DID finish 20 miles.

     

    Len





    Len

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    3. Aug 19, 2011 6:29 AM (in response to justamaniac)
    Re: I need some input to my marathon training

    +1 on what Len wrote.

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,391 posts since
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    4. Aug 19, 2011 8:49 PM (in response to justamaniac)
    Re: I need some input to my marathon training

    Maybe you had a bad week at work and were a little more tired than usual.  Maybe you got a late start and it was warmer.  Maybe you didn't hydrate as well (can have a BIG effect).  Maybe your pace was a little faster (also big effect).  You've done two 16s and an 18, and got through 18 this time before slowing.  I think you'll be OK for the marathon.

     

    Len





    Len

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