I'm training for an autumn marathon and my long run has reached 14 miles. Unfortunately, my left knee is injured, so I'm taking a couple of weeks off. Maybe a couple of weeks won't be enough, I'm not sure. It's going to make getting my mileage up in time a bit tight.
A couple of questions then; firstly, what would you recommend as a strategy for building up my mileage (it's the aspect I've found hardest), when at the 14 mile stage, with maybe 6-8 weeks to go? Secondly, what would you consider the shortest acceptable long run and what do you think of this approach?
Many thanks, Nick.
You probably need to get the mileage up to about 20 miles, from experience 20 miles feels like halfway! the last 6 miles are the killer.
if this is your first marathon, don't worry about running the whole way, take walk breaks. i believe its more important to have done the miles than whether they have all been run or not.
Kaffeeg- October 21st, Abingdon Marathon. Don't know exactly- just going by books and internet search. It's not swollen, so haven't applied ice. It was hurting (right behind the left kneecap) even on shorter runs, but is fine during the day and even 2 minutes after I stop running.
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