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I want to run 40 miles on my 40th birthday.
On June 19, 2010 I will be 400 days away from my 40th birthday. I am an average runner (I think). I have completed one marathon (CIM in 2008 4hr 16m), two half marathons, and quite a few other runs t shorter distances. I am currently running around 23-25 miles a week with a 8-10 mile long run. Can I realistically do it?
Yes, but you should be running more overall mileage. But realistically you could easily complete 40 miles off of marathon training. You would just be walking a large portion of it.
I went from longest of 26.2 to 39.3 (full and half riight after - ran the whole way), but I run a lot of marathons including on consecutive days. So if you really want to train to run all or most of 40 miles, I recommend doing long/long runs on the weekend... like 20+ Sat and 20+ Sunday.
Thanks. I am progressively increasing my weekly mileage, and I would prefer to run all of it, except if I need a quick biology stop or something like that. I like the idea of back to back long runs and have tried it once a my currnet long run level.
Correct. I want to run it. And, my 40th birthday is not until July 2011, so I have time. I intend to run a at least two formal marathons, Marathon Bahamas on Jan 16 and at least one more, before then next July 2011. Based on what I've read so far, I have plenty time to do it...as long as I stay healthy, and do the running.
I know people who have done similar things but, while they run the full mileage in one day, they don't run it all in one shot. They may run 12 miles, break for an hour, run 12 more etc. Even ultra-marathon runners often walk parts and/or take breaks.
Yes, and many do not. I certainly intend to stop for biology breaks where I need it and I will eat and drink along the way. If I need to walk while I am eating that is fine. I don't think I need an hour to sit down for food. Also, if my body says, "stop, you need to recover", I will certainly listen. If it says, "you are better off walking up this hill so you can make it to the end", I will certainly listen. I am making up in my head that I will need to make a lot of binary choices along the way. My goal is to run as much as possible, and I will listen to what my body says in the moment. I wont be disappointed if I need to walk or take a "stop" break.
there are people that "want to do" and people that"do", I say go with it and do it.do your homework,get in the weekly miles. Must cellebrate after you finish. keep setting goals