Thursday, 20 September 2012

Marathon Training Thursday - Long Run Questions?

I need your help and your running expertise?!

I am just 25 days away from my very first full marathon, and I am starting to question my training plan.

I ran my longest distance to date this past Monday, and I hit 35km (21 miles). I had planned to do one more long run before I started to taper. And I had planned to run the full distance - 42.2km. The reason I wanted to run the full distance was mostly for the mental game. I thought if I ran the distance before, than when I am racing and fading, I can say to myself "you can do this, and you have already done it".

That being said, everyone I have talked to lately, has recommended that I stop at 35km or even 32km. And almost everyone I have told about my plan says, "Don't do it! Quit while you are ahead!". Everyone is advising me against running the full distance. There are questions of muscle fatigue, recovery time, and fear of potential injury pre-race.

And now...I am official confused...and I just don't know...

I am new to distance running, and just figuring it all out. This is my first marathon after all!! I want to be as prepared as possible. But I also don't want to over train and peak before for my race.

So friends, I am turning to you and the wonderful world of the internet. What are your thoughts?
Quit while I am ahead? 
Or go the full distance for sanity's sake?

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