Long run that is. I know where you were heading.
This Sunday will be one month until marathon #2, and also marks the longest of my long runs for this training plan, 23 miles. I’ve done a 20 and a 21 as part of this plan, so I’m not worried about being able to get it done. I am wondering, however, if 23 miles is too many miles for a training run. The aftermath of 20 and 21 wasn’t terrible, but after the 26 for marathon 1, I ended up in PT for ITBand issues. My IT Band has held up pretty well, and my Plantar Fasciitis seems manageable right now. I like the idea of 23 miles as a better way to get my body ready for the race-day reality. However, I’ve read several articles questioning the marginal return of training miles beyond 20.
I know I’ll get out there and go for 23 regardless of any doubts, since I refuse to stray too far from the training plan that so far has served me well. Mostly wondering if anyone has any practical and/or scientific insight into the point at which the return on the miles doesn’t necessarily justify the abuse on the body. One bonus is that I’ll be out-of-town for this run, so some new scenery will break up some of the monotony around my usual long-run course. For those of you in the Northern Virginia area, I’m tentatively planning 5 laps around Burke Lake, which should put me just over 23 miles. I’d be open to other suggestions if anyone has any.
Decided the best way to break out of my running mini-funk last week was to throw in a tempo run targeting 7-ish minute miles for 4 miles. Was able to hit the pace goal, and break the funk:
Tempo runs have probably been the best discovery for me during this training cycle. I’ve really enjoyed the couple time I’ve been able to do track work as well, but don’t care for having to feel like I’m breaking into Fort Knox just to be able to use the local tracks. Abundantly frustrating to have to jump the fences that my tax dollars built to trespass on a track that my tax dollars built at the school my son attends that my tax dollars (and my straight-out-of-the-wallet dollars) support.