I think the psychological benefits of going over distance before your race are huge. Glad your 19-mile run wasn't a total disaster - you'll find it a lot easier the next time you run that distanc (it's be miles 20 and 21 that feel really hard). Once you've run Manchester, if you want to go further out, come and join us on the "Wanabee ultra runner" thread.
Actually... I did run over marathon distance in training for my first marathon - I deliberately trained for and ran a 50K first. This gave me mental permission to stop speed work while I built up the mileage (too self-competitive, that's me). Did a couple runs over mara length (with 10-12 mile runs the next day) in training, then the 50K, before dropping the mileage down a bit and doing more speed work for the marathon. Knowing I could run the distance was a huge help when I came to run the marathon.
And Skinny, I don't think I could have run a 50K, never mind my first 50M, with no training runs longer than two hours...
A 19 mile training run for a first ever half marathon? Yes ultra running beckons.
I did two 30 mile training runs prior to my first 50k race. Also in between I ran my first ever proper half marathon.
If you carried on running you'd have done a marathon. IIRC your nickname suggests you're an unstoppable machine of some kind.
Depends where you live but take a look here for some ideas.
Daeve: yes, the half I ran between the 50K and the marathon, I took about 12 minutes off my PB - so much easier to just "go for it" when 13 miles is no longer a long distance.
carterusm. FYI: I'm about to hit 45. Many ultrarunners are not in their 20s or even their 30s. Loss of stamina as you get older is slower than is loss of speed...
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