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Find me a 20 mile training plan

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May 2012
12:32pm, 28 May 2012
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Iris
I've looked at smartcoach but it only has 1/2 mara or marathon, no 20 mile option. I need to find a free online plan that will get me up to 20 miles (off road) in 16 weeks with a few weekends off for holidays. Any suggestions?
May 2012
12:45pm, 28 May 2012
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Curly45
Best way to train for 20 miles (especially an off road one). Is to train for a marathon. Its not a commonly "raced" distance as its often used as marathon prep so run as a controlled long run, so I suspect there will be no plans specifically for it, but a marathon plan you like the look of should do the trick.

The long runs will give you the stamina needed and I would do some on the runs on trail if you can.
May 2012
12:46pm, 28 May 2012
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Iris
Thanks, all my long runs are offroad anyway. My long run is usually 10 miles so that should be an OK starting point.
May 2012
12:47pm, 28 May 2012
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Flip Flop
I've recently run my first 20m and used a Smartcoach marathon plan with minimal modifications ..... my logic was if I trained for 26.2 miles them 20 miles should be easy ;) .... I was wrong :) but it did prepare me for a wet,windy and freezing cold 20 miles :)
May 2012
12:51pm, 28 May 2012
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Frobester
If I remember right, I used Oakley 20 as training for South Downs last year. Until I got to the start line and thought "using a race as training? Feck that!"
May 2012
12:59pm, 28 May 2012
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SuperDave!
Iris - from my personal and ltd experience I'd train for a marathon.

I raced ashby 20 really comfortably while training for VLM using a Hal Higdon plan, and did much better in my 20 mile race than the marathon itself. Hal's plans at beginner/intermediate level don't include any speedwork, just time on feet and mostly at a comfortable pace :-)
May 2012
4:07pm, 28 May 2012
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Iris
I'll have a look at those, thank you. 20 miles is a long way innit? Especially with mountains in it.
May 2012
4:28pm, 28 May 2012
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Curly45
Agree there is no need for speedwork for 20 miles unless you are already maxed out on stamina. Its a ruddy long way to race!

Get a few 10 mile races booked in. Run 10 miles before one and then race the next 10. Great prep :)
May 2012
4:51pm, 28 May 2012
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SuperDave!
halhigdon.com
May 2012
9:37pm, 28 May 2012
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Iris
Thank you Dave, I've printed that off and will merge it with the smartcoach one and see how it looks.

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