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Subject: RE: Help--Long Runs for Marathon Training
Great post. That was the voice of experience.
I've gradually upped my daily run to 12 miles, so now my "long run" of 16 to 18 seems like nothing. Back in March when I began building up, my minimum daily run was 8. I have to run in singles- one run a day- so 8 was where I had to start. At first it seemed like a lot- I usually only ran 6 miles at a time, but looking at the scale of the marathon and the training required to tackle it, 8 was the bare minimum daily run I had to do if I was ever going to reach 60 or 70 MPW.
It's clear from the original post, that the runner's base was either not enough to begin trying to run an 18 miler, or she simply paced it too quickly at the beginning of the run.
The bottom line is that the more miles you run, the more experience you will have to tackle the longer stuff, and be both physically and mentally ready for it.
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