How far should I go
I'm getting a different opinon wherever I go so maybe the definitive RW Forum can answer once and for all.
I am due to do my first 20 miles on the weekend, up till now things have been going preety well, and I havent found the longer distances (up to 18 so far) too much of a problem. I am following the schedules from here and although following the faster ones (3:30 - 3:45) am only looking to make the most of whatever I can get on the day.
The schedule will peak at 22 miles which I have always been preparing for since I started, and am comfortable to at least attempt. Now some are saying just get fit to 18 others dont go over 20 and only do one 20 run a couple of weeks before race day.
What do people think I should try to aim for.
I will aim for a 22 a bit later on and see how we get on. I will definetly do a couple of 20s though.
...what Cougie says.
Listen to yourself though....if you are feeling good at 20...(well as 'good' as you can be)...then try and squeeze a couple more out. Conversely if you are planning 22 and things dont feel too good...or downright rubbish, be prepared to consider stopping a little early.
THis is all on the assumption that it is new territory for you.
I disagree on this to a certain extent. My fastest marathon was done off the back of no more than 18 miles , although I did do a lot of them (from around end November on). Moved onto the 20'sw and 22's for the next couple of years but times slowed. For me I think that the longer distance was just that bit too far so I didn't recover well enough between that and the next training sessions. I was 49 at the time so that will also have played a part I'm sure.
I would recomend a 20 and see how you recover. If training afterwards becomes a struggle then go back to 18's.
I will add my bit, its all about you and how well you cope with milage. So try one and if you feel ok off the back of it then you now its good for you. Everyone is different and should do different training. When you are just getting into this sort of distance all you can do is try and see what happens.
As others have said take it easy and make sure you refuel after! good luck
As we get older we have to revisit training plans and 20 + is not always good..like groovy i have ran and felt better off the back of 16 and 18s. A lot of its in your head. Why not convert your long run to hours...and run no more than 3hrs for instance?
You have to take into account how long you are going to be on your feet and if running 20 miles means 4hrs + its a lot to ask of your legs in training.
Full English does the refuel for me
how are you mate,
your doing pretty good ahh, that's good, your fairly comfy at 18 ahh!
i think ...you need to gently build on it now, ( only you know you ), others are right, but everyone will have a different opinion, cos were all different
it sounds real good to me,
but, it can be tough out there, every day can be diffierent, depends how your mind is
you can either , get your body used to 18 and 20, or try pressing on gently now
best of luck, everyone is with you
For thems that care, I did the 20 on the weekend and managed it reasonably well. I only really started to feel it in the last 3 or 4 miles and managed a fast (ish) finish. I was aching a little but it didnt take me very long to get back to normal.
Anyway I have concluded that next time I will run the distance and try another two miles if I feel ok after the halfway point.
Thanks for all the input, it does seem to be quite a contentious issue.
Oh by the way if anyone is interested I did it in 2:57.
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