Long runs for slow first-time marathon runners

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4:54pm, 23 Feb 2015
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Tim of MK
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I think you'll destoy your PB. Believe!
Feb 2015
3:00pm, 25 Feb 2015
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tonyp2604
I generally follow on from what most others have said here although my marathons (the two normal road ones I have done) have been under four hours. I think psychologically if you can hit the longest run at a bit over 20 miles that is really helpful on the day. I built up to 21/23 miles as my longest runs before tapering
Feb 2015
5:40pm, 25 Feb 2015
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Tim of MK
In metric countries, the longest training run is typically 30kms. In Imperial countries, it is 20 miles. They're just round numbers. No more, no less.
Feb 2015
6:06pm, 25 Feb 2015
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DoricQuine
As a slow runner doing 16, 18 & 20 miles in training was a great psychological boost to me in my marathon training last year. Knowing I could comfortably do that distance made for a very enjoyable first marathon.
Mar 2015
2:38pm, 1 Mar 2015
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Tim of MK
Did just over 15 miles yesterday, at approx. 45 seconds a mile fast than aspirational full-marathon pace.
It was fine while I was out running (except for the usual 'toxic thirty'), but am tired today. Thinking back, I was pretty knackered before I even put my running shoes on. So, no surprise.

Ironically, given my comments about 20-milers, I'll actually be doing one next weekend lol! I like to take part in the Milton Keynes Festival of Running, but didn't really fancy a half-marathon (as I'm now beyond that in training). Then, saw that there was a new 20-mile race and thought "what the hell". A new distance for me, so a guaranteed PB.
Mar 2015
5:06pm, 1 Mar 2015
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Lady Sol
Thanks Tim, didn't know that was on, just entered. That's my second 20 miler taken care of :)
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4:41pm, 3 Mar 2015
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Tim of MK
Lady Sol

Enjoy the day. Don't take it too seriously.

Tim

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