Marathon Training Mileage

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    Feb 01, 2010 4:57 AM GMT
    Hello,

    I would love to hear how far you have run to train for your marathon. I have heard 20, 24, 26, etc.

    Thanks in advance!

    Jim
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    Feb 01, 2010 5:19 AM GMT
    My longest training distance is 20 miles. I usually do 3 of them along with several 16-18 milers (as my weekly long run), on a 4 month program.

    13 milers are nothing more than a walk in the park now and 20's are quite comfortable. It took awhile to reach that point though.
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    Feb 07, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    If it's your first marathon and your goal is to finish, you probably don't want to go above 20. If you're an experienced runner who's competed in shorter distances you might be ok to go to about 22 once or twice. You really don't want to run 26 because that's pretty much leaving your race out on the training course.

    Weekly mileage you'd probably want to gradually build up to around 40 so you'll have a good base.

    Good luck.
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    Feb 07, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
    I ran a marathon last May with my sister. We actually printed off a training schedule from the Marathon's website. We started in January with 8 miles. Then every week you added two miles for the most part. The longest we ran was 20 miles, which was a month before the race. After that the longest we ran was ten miles then it was the marathon.
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    Feb 07, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    Also Sunday was the long distance day. The 20 miles was done all that day at once.
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    Feb 07, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    I have done 22 but that is a rarity in training programs. I would suggest 20 then two weeks of cooling down.

    I did, however, benefit a lot from my 22.
  • Ironman4U

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    Feb 07, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    20 is the standard training regimen...up to 2 - 3 towards the latter part of your training. Going up to 22 is fine though and can give you the added confidence on race day to know you have something more in you. Personal preference and fitness level should help you decide what is best for you.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Feb 07, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    There are training regimens for all skill levels.

    http://www.halhigdon.com/marathon/Mar00index.htm

    When is the marathon you're planning on running?
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    Feb 07, 2010 10:14 PM GMT
    I threw in some 22 milers during my best training and I think it worked in my favor. You have to be careful not to tax your body excessively before the race, however. Save the distance for the marathon itself.
  • DanOmatic

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    Feb 11, 2010 7:53 PM GMT
    When training for a marathon or Ironman or any other ultra-distance event, I now opt for less over too much. I learned my lesson from overtraining for a an Ironman once. For a marathon, if your training has been consistent and you have a good base, no need to run any longer than 20 or maybe 22 miles for your longest training run.
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    Feb 11, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    I did 22 my first one, although it was recommended that I only do 20. I just wanted to have that experience behind me so that I could stress less on the big day.