I am training for my first marathon and am supposed to do a long run of about 8 miles today. Looking outside all roads are flooding, the rain is v heavy and the trail I like to run on is covered in ice. Can I replace this run with a mix of treadmill, cross trainer, bike etc at gym?
What will happen if its raining on marathon day
At very least do their full eight on the treadmill!
Agreed - run the full distance on the treadmill.
8 miles is not that long. I would suggest you either run on the treadmill, that will be a normal long run training or just go outside. yes it is raining and yes the roads are flooded. And? did my 27 miler ast Sunday. It as raining and the roads were flooded. All that happened was that my feet got wet and I had to dry my shoes 8 miles is nothing so just go outdoors. Make sure you are visible, I was wearing my yellow high viz jacket because I was on the road. When I picked up my doggy for the last 8 miles she was also wearing a high viz deck.
The only thing that can hold you indoors is thunder and lightning or severe black ice
Don't be a wuss. Get dressed appropriately and find a non flooded bit to run. Running on the rain is part of the fun.
I wouldn't bank on it Lorna.
Next time I think you need to just bite the bullet if it's raining.
I have to say I'm not sure why you asked for advice and then did what you wanted to anyway.
Coughie's answer is correct.
But when is this marathon if the long run is a mere 8?
You'll be getting that up to the 18-22 territory in time, so what marathon plan evenstarts as low as 8?!
Stevie- the beginners 17 week plan in the London marathon magazine doesn't hit 10 miles until week six. If someone was currently following that I think they would have just completed week 5 which is a 75 minute long run. So about where Lorna is.
Just hope we don't get proper winter conditions anytime soon!!
Using hidden potholes is a pretty pathetic reason
so is rain, it sounds a little thing but if you are already finding 'excuses' not to do the long run, then frankly you are going to struggle when it's pissing down, or it's to sunny and you have 18 miles to do.
Good luck, and next time if you do choose not to do the run outside and have access to a gym which you appear to do, then do the whole distance on the treadmill, even if that's maybe a bit 'dull' ;)
what happens on marsthon day if there is a puddle and you've never ran that section, will you just stop?
don't tell me DT19, the peak sees the long run at 18miles, and total mileage for the week 30?
Well they only publish the first 13 weeks. Apparently we get another magazine in march with the final four. However week 13 looks to be the peak with the only 20 miler but there are only two other runs in that week, a 35 min easy run and a 40 min slow run, so about another 8 miles.
I suppose this is designed purely to equip peoples to get around.
you need to be able run in a variety of conditions, in this country a race may be held in 25C heat, the next year the same race at the same time of year may be windy, raining and is nearly freezing. Eight miles also shows any chafing issues particular in raining conditions.
enough said, you went to the gym but next time go out and get use to rain
VLM 2012 I did a 17 miler in snow. 8 days later I did a 19 miler and it was sunny and 19C when I finished.
What a pity that you did not go outdoors. 8 miles is not too long and you could have tested running in the rain. Why didn't you run the whole 8 miles on the treadmill ? Nope I dont really get it I'm afraid. Next time just go outdoors. What will you do when it rains on marathon day? Stay at home?
so thgey go from 8 at week 5 to 20 in week 13 and they wonder why so many get injured........why on earth even produce a 17 week schedule for total beginners......
its not helping them much is it.....
anyway as you are following it good luck......as you didn't do the 8 miles this week you will risk more injury by following the schedule and upping the long run mileage next week......please be careful
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