I don't understand the foolish notion of running less than 26 miles for marathon training long runs.
If you want to be competitive in a distance then training should be longer than that distance. Otherwise just stay home with your coloring books on race day because you aren't going to win.
You think that you need or can handle frequent 26+ mile long runs if youÂ´re already on fatigued, low on glycogen state practically every day with the high overall mileage? YouÂ´ll end up being at home with your coloring books in the day of the marathon if trying to combine both, high mileage w/ 26+ mile long runs. If you run low mileage, the long run is more important. That approach suits better for slower marathoners who donÂ´t have time or interest to go for a run ~12-14 times in a week.
Thanks for the serious response. I am interested in hearing other thoughts about this.
I don't suggest running 26 miles everyday. I would suggest no more than a marathon distance every two weeks once the athlete has built up to that distance. The week following a training run of marathon distance or longer would need to be a recovery week with shorter/slower distances. The marathon would count into that week's mpw. A marathon is a low glycogen state race and someone who wants to be competitive needs to train the body to run through that state. The last 6 miles of the marathon is 50% of the race both mentally and physically. Getting to 20 miles isn't that big of a deal. Gutting out that last 6 miles is the hardest part.