Wondering if someone can help. 1st marathon is 3 weeks away next 1 7 weeks. Feel so drained and tired all the time, but I've got a 20 miler to do tomorrow. If I feel so tired shall I just stop if I need to and give body time to recuperatae. Furthest I've done is 18 so far. Last year I did the full 20 in training, getting worried.....
Clearly you have done something wrong if "shattered". If you are determined to do your 20 miler tomorrow I suggest a) Have a big pasta for dinner tonight. b) Go to bed as early as you can and get a good sleep. If you do need to stop during your run, do what you will need to do in your marathon i.e. Keep walking briskly until you feel ready to run again. Carry water/energy drink.
Remember your long run should be slow at the easiest pace you can manage. Marathon training is tiring you need to get to bed early every night for a good sleep. Food is energy so you need to eat complex carbo to keep your energy level on a high all the time.
Two other things 1) The traditional last long run at 3 weeks is ideal for well trained runners who need a good taper to perform well. If that does not sound like you then you could do your 20 miler next weekend. 2) If this will be your first marathon what do you mean that you did the full 20 in training last year?
All the best
Also doing Manchester
Those long runs sound quite fast. RW schedule for 4.30 are 11 minute miles!
Stupid q perhaps, but are you shattered from running? I spent most of today sleeping and think I'm just knackered from work!
Rest, you'll only make things worse.
I was "shattered" 3 1/2 weeks before my last marathon so took it real easy for 3 1/2 weeks. Longest run was 8 miles, the rest were mostly 4 miles and none ever faster than marathon pace. It was quite hard to stop myself working too hard as I started to feel better, but I knew it had to be done and by race day I felt good and ran a pb.
48 mile max is also a lot. Just want to echo what others have been saying about speed and burning out. You will do it, but the way to do it isn't quite like this.
I'll buy you a pint afterwards if you're up for it!
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