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Today’s task for Organization Week was prepare my Marathon Training Plan.  I’m running the Disney Marathon on January 10. It will be my first marathon. I’ve been putting off preparing my training plan because it makes me nervous!


I got my race face on by going for a speedy 5.0 mile run.  I finished in 47:40 minutes.


Wearing my half marathon shirt really motivates me.  The Marine Corps 1/2 was my first half (read the recap here).  It was a great race and very challenging! 


After my run, I came home and pulled out my other race t-shirts (well, the ones I could find — I’ve completed 14 races in total).  Seeing all these tangible reminders of my accomplishments motivated me! 


From left to right:  the Gaparailla 5K, 15K, and Half Marathon (3 races in one weekend – read the recaps here and here); the first race I ever did — Martha’s Run 10K, and the 60-mile metric century bike race (read the recap here).


From left to right:  Founder’s Day 10K (recap here), Forest Run 10K (recap here), and Seasons 52 5K (recap here).


Here’s a picture of my favorite shirt:  Crooms 15.4 Mile Trail Race.  This race crushed me (read the recap)!  The shirt is dirty right now — I wear it all the time!


Do you keep your race shirts and numbers?  I love to look back on them and remember all the sweat, blood, tears, and cheers!


Without further adieu, here it is:  Caitlin’s Marathon Training Plan!


Some thoughts:


  • I created this training plan based on other marathon training plans, as well as my past racing experience.  I know what works for me and what doesn’t.
  • I factored in other races and events so hopefully I can stay on track.
  • I plan to do two 18 milers, one 20 miler, and one 22 miler before the big day. Feel free to debate the benefits of doing a 22 miler, but it’s really for a mental boost more than anything.
  • I would prefer not to have my long runs (Sunday) be followed by another run (Monday), but that’s just how my schedule works out.  I’m sure many Monday runs will be skipped.  That’s OK.
  • Some of you have commented my overall mileage is low.  I’m just trying to finish alive and without injury, not qualify for Boston.  🙂 Plus, I work two jobs and run two blogs — I don’t have the time to run 40 miles a week.  Also, I would probably blow out my knees doing that.
  • It’s just a PLAN.  I’m sure some things will change!
  • I’m scared!  🙂


If you’re a marathoner and have any tips for me, please feel free to comment!


Here are my eats for the afternoon and evening. I snacked on:




Before my run, I had a blueberry yogurt muffin:


And dinner was a grilled bella mushroom burger with cheese, peppers, onion, and mustard.  Plus, Pop Chips and a side salad.


My kind of burger! 🙂


Bed time! I’m pooped!



  • mamasweeds August 20, 2009, 7:01 pm

    When I first started running I ran a bunch of 5K's and before I knew it my drawer was overflowing with t-shirts. I do keep race bibs but have donated most of my shirts, holding on to a couple favorites! I write my time, pace and other pertinent race info on the bib before I stash it away! 🙂

  • Kathleen August 20, 2009, 7:06 pm


    I am currently training for my third marathon (chicago in october) and I would recommend that as a first time marathoner, you do not train any further than 20 miles. Most running coaches agree that the strain on your body outweighs the benefits of training runs over 20 miles. Actually, many seasoned marathoners do not train over 20. Do not be worried that 20 is 6 miles short of the marathon (I was!) but the emotions and the energy of the day carries you through. Just my two cents 🙂 Good luck!

  • Kathleen August 20, 2009, 7:07 pm

    also.. if you can run 16 the day after a wedding, you are truly dedicated 🙂

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal August 20, 2009, 7:09 pm

    Look at all those shirts! 14 races is awesome. I didn't know you ran three in one weekend either – wow! Great job getting your training plan put together 🙂

  • Anonymous August 20, 2009, 7:11 pm

    I am running Disney, too (see you there!), and I am not going any farther than 20 in any training runs. The stress on the body is just not worth it, from what I have read.
    Also, I wonder if having a 20 followed by a 22 is too much? I'd recommend a cut back week in between each longer run.

  • Whitney@whitsgettingfit August 20, 2009, 7:18 pm

    I have bibs, tshirts, medals. All stacked around in my room.

    Your training plan looks intense! I might borrow it, with a little adaption I can use it for my marathon!

  • Jenna August 20, 2009, 7:21 pm

    congrats on running all 14 races!
    your plans look great, and i know you will be able to stick with them 🙂
    and your dinn looks fab btw!!

  • Lizzy August 20, 2009, 7:22 pm

    Your dinner looks AMAZING!

    I'm currently training for my very first Half Marathon (in october to infact) its been tough. I checked out your schedule and it looks fab! I hope we can all list some tips together and ultimetly help eachother out! Don't be scared! You have all of us for motivation!

  • Jen August 20, 2009, 7:30 pm

    I've run two marathons and will probably do at least one more at some point. I agree with putting a shorter "long" run in between the really long runs. Also, walk breaks are your friend!

  • Shelly August 20, 2009, 7:32 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your first 1/2 marathon recap. I just started training for my first half marathon (although I haven't decided if I will try to tackle on that's coming up in Dec. or wait until February- it depends on how busy Dec. is, really) and I am very excited! I have a long way to go though b/c my longest race has been a 10K in April and I'm not regularly running further than 4.5 miles lately. I'm excited for the challenge though!

  • teacherwoman August 20, 2009, 7:40 pm

    I keep all my race shirts and bib numbers. I wish I had photos from every event, but unfortunately that's not the case!

    I should count my race shirts. I think this winter I am going to reture 12 of them and have my mom put together a t-shirt quilt!

  • Jess in NYC August 20, 2009, 7:41 pm

    Looks like a great training plan. I do not keep my race t-shirts unless 1. they are dri-fit or 2. they are from a big race such as a marathon. I don't think I have kept any race numbers over the years.

  • Emily@The Experimentarian August 20, 2009, 7:41 pm

    That's so exciting! I can't wait for my first race shirt this weekend. I'm sure I'll wear it until it's a ratty-tatty mess 🙂 Good luck!

  • MarathonVal August 20, 2009, 7:42 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    I would love to hear more about how you put your training schedule together! I think it's interesting you decided to have your longest run be 22 miles and not 20 like the standard – I was wondering if you adapted this from another training plan? In my experience I've found it to be detrimental to run further than 20 (unless you are an elite marathoner) so I would love to hear more about this!

    Happy running!

  • Bec August 20, 2009, 7:44 pm

    I keep all my shirts from sporting events… one of my guy friends was laughing at the gym this winter bc I was wearing a tshirt we got at a hockey tournament when we were in grade 9!

  • Serena August 20, 2009, 7:45 pm

    I wouldn't say it's "detrimental" to run 22 but I totally agree with others who said that it's not essential or standard, and I also think running 20 and 22 back to back is rough, not to mention running 22 two weeks before the race seems intense. I'd cut that 22 in half probably. Good luck – I've run two marathons and dozens of half marathons, but would love to run Disney some day!

  • Anonymous August 20, 2009, 7:50 pm

    I take it your goal is just to finish? The overall mileage seems pretty low. If I were you, I'd try to work in one more day a week of running and be biking on your off days.

    I've done 5+ marathons and the least trained I ever was off a base of 45 MPW over 12 weeks. I typically stick with 60-70.

  • Anonymous August 20, 2009, 7:51 pm


    Yes, do the 22 miler. If anything, its a mental boost.

  • emily August 20, 2009, 7:53 pm

    Thank you so much for posting that! I am running the Disney Half Marathon in March and I had no idea where to begin!

  • Kate August 20, 2009, 7:54 pm

    I think your plan looks great, though I agree with Kathleen. There is no need to go over 20! I have, on occasion, but only so I could do a super-exciting route!
    Also agree that you should not do 20 and 22 on concurrent weekends if at all possible.

    I keep race t-shirts, but I often don't get them if I have to pay extra! They're so expensive, but I will always pay if the race is special. I don't keep numbers anymore either- I'd rather put them in the draw for a spot prize!

  • Nina August 20, 2009, 7:55 pm

    Well, obviously I don't really know what is good or not, as I'm only training for a 5K, but I am happy for you that you put it together!

    And don't be scared. Like Lizzy said, you have all of us for support!

  • Lindsay August 20, 2009, 7:56 pm

    I'm training for my 3rd marathon (and with the same knee problem as yours) and I would definitely not train for more than 20 miles in your first marathon. After the 20 miles, do 12 miles and then 6 and then your marathon. That's a very smart taper. You need at least 3 weeks for a taper in marathon training.

    I plan on putting all my t-shirts and making a quilt out of them. Using this company. http://www.campusquilt.com/ Kinda expensive but should be totally worth it! I have enough shirt to make a couch t-shirt quilt. I only use my cotton shirts and the ones that I don't want to wear. Some of my halves and marathons are giving away tech shirts though so I won't use those.

  • Healthy Beach Bum August 20, 2009, 7:58 pm

    wowwy that burger looks amazing! Congrats on all of your running achievements 🙂 Glad you're adding another shirt to your collection.. You're amazing!

  • Penny August 20, 2009, 8:05 pm

    I love that Not Guac recipe. I am gonna try that.

  • Michelle August 20, 2009, 8:37 pm

    That really reminds me to celebrate the successes that I have done. I have won a soccer tournamnet, lost 100lbs, and have ran a 10km. race.

    Thanks for motivating me to enjoy the high of exercise.


  • Katherine August 20, 2009, 9:06 pm

    you can do it, caitlin! rock on!

  • Bula August 20, 2009, 9:52 pm


    Dinner looks scrumptious! Total weekly mileage looks really low. I've ran 9 and completed the first 6 doing 22 milers- they worked for me- mental boost and always felt good. The last 3 I've brought my longest down to 20 (after running the others, I didn't need the "mental boost" part anymore) and increased my weekly mileage. 20 or 22? It's always up in the air… but I would recommend to move your longest run to 3 weeks out from the marathon, skip the 5k race, run 12 mi 2 weeks out, 6-8 miles 1 week out then race. Back to back 20 & 22 would be brutal, especially for a 1st marathon, low weekly mileage AND 2 weeks before the actual marathon. That's just IMO.

  • runningtails August 20, 2009, 9:53 pm

    Your training plan looks great! I'm currently training for my first marathon too – NYC! My plan is quite similar to yours, but the farthest I will do is 20. Only because I'm a wimp 🙂 I am starting to get up there in my mileage (my race is only a little over 2 months away!), and I really enjoy my rest day after my long runs – so don't worry if you skip some of those Monday runs! Good luck with all of your training. I ran the Disney half about 8 years ago with TNT and loved it. Looking forward to following you on your journey.

  • Tay August 20, 2009, 9:58 pm

    Looks good! During my training I did 2 20 milers and 1 22 miler as well, and I feel that it prepared me so well. I began to take the day before and day after a long run off – I would feel much more fresh for my long run, and the day off after helped me recover. I might recommend running your 20 miler 3 weeks before the marathon rather than 2 weeks before. I did a 20 miler, 14 miler, 8 miler, then race day. I would also recommend separating the 20+ long run weeks with shorter 14-16 long run weeks. Good luck!!!

  • runningtails August 20, 2009, 10:02 pm

    P.S. I'm scared too!

  • caronae August 20, 2009, 10:19 pm

    As long as you're flexible with you're plan and learn not to beat yourself up over a missed workout or two (think about how much physical activity you're getting regardless), you'll do great! Good luck!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie August 20, 2009, 10:24 pm

    Don't be scared!! You can do it 🙂 I have read your blog from the very 1st post, and I have seen how much you have accomplished. You are one big inspiration to me, and I know you can do WHATEVER you set your mind to.

  • Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) August 20, 2009, 10:54 pm

    I love keeping my race numbers and t-shirts! They make me so happy 🙂 Good luck on your marathon training, I know you can do it!

  • littlemissminny August 21, 2009, 12:05 am

    I would kill for that muffin right now! 🙂

  • jibbalibba August 21, 2009, 12:55 am

    awwww i love your t shirts 😛 i keep everything that i have a memory attached to it i am a bit of a pack rat but i can totally understand wanting to keep your t shirts

  • sarah August 21, 2009, 2:34 am

    i have done 3 marathons, caitlin — and i think your plans looks GREAT in terms of finishing without injury. i have done high mileage plans and lower mileage plans, and for my first marathon i just tacked a 16, 18, and a 20 onto some half marathon training and i did just fine (in fact, only 7 minutes slower than my fastest marathon which i trained for much, much harder).

    the commenter above who wrote "I've done 5+ marathons and the least trained I ever was off a base of 45 MPW over 12 weeks. I typically stick with 60-70." — ahhhh! that person is so lucky to be able to do this without getting hurt, but some of us just aren't made that way. when i see this, i always want to do some ambitious training plan that gets me injured!

    since this is your first marathon, any finish will be a PR and i know that like me you struggle with getting there pain-free! your plan looks great for that goal. are you planning on some XT on the 'off' days, like cycling or elliptical?

    GOOD LUCK either way — i'm so excited to follow along! i'm currently debating a marathon as well so maybe you will inspire me to try a 'minimal' plan to do so.

    PS: love organization week. i think i am going to do something similar next week!

  • KatieF August 21, 2009, 3:55 am

    Hey Caitlin…

    I've run three marathons and have a few words of advice…

    Your plan looks solid, but remember that it is just that–a plan. Plans almost never go the way that they're supposed to, so you need to be able to be flexible with it and not beat yourself up if you need to rearrange things every once in awhile. It's more important to listen to your body than to stick perfectly to a plan (I learned that lesson the hard way when I was training for Boston this past spring and got injured 3 weeks prior). If those Monday runs are too tough, substitute some cross-training for your run. Easy runs are meant more for overall fitness than anything else, so it doesn't matter quite as much what you're actually doing. Good luck!!!

  • Lauren August 21, 2009, 4:22 am

    I wish I could give you some marathon tips, but I find myself taking your advice and inspiration because I am running in my first 1/2 next month. Caitlin, all I can tell you is that you are a huge reason why I love running. You have inspired me for about a year through following your life and I know that you will be amazing in this marathon. Mostly because of the reason you are doing it all. You rock girl!

  • Meredith August 21, 2009, 4:26 am

    First of all I love your blog! I have run 6 marathons and have never done a long run longer than 20 miles. For my first few marathons I only did one 20 mile long run. Since it's your first marathon and you are starting with a base of about 20 miles per week, I would recommend just one 20 mile long run 3 or 4 weeks before your marathon. You can do 16 and 18 mile long runs and those are great for endurance. A 22-miler could cause injury and isn't necessary. Good luck and I hope this helped!

  • Erica August 21, 2009, 5:02 am

    Great job on the training plan! You can totally do this! You're inspiring me to want to run more 🙂 Great dinner – love that you ate a little bit of each!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 21, 2009, 5:19 am

    Thanks for all your advice!

    Re: the 22 miler. If I can physically do this without injuring my body, I would like to. I like to run as close to race distance as possible, and 20 miles seems a LOT less than 26.2. However, I think many of you make a good point about the two 20 milers and I might eliminate one, based on how I feel.

    Re: weekly mileage. There is NO WAY I can run more than 35 miles a week. For several reasons: I work 2 jobs and run 2 blogs. I simply do not have the time to run 40 – 60 miles a week. Secondly, I don’t think it’s necessary. I just want to finish (don’t care what my time is). Lastly, I think my body would fall about if I did that. My body is very sensitive to mileage and I really do not think my knees could handle 40 miles a week, let alone 60.

    Marathon Val – I based the schedule on Hal Hidgon’s Novice 3.

    Re: the 5K a few weeks before the marathon, I don’t want to eliminate that race because I’m currently the reigning champ and I want to hold onto my title! 

    A few of you make an excellent point… A TRAINING PLAN IS JUST A PLAN. If I get to the 22 mile week and I cannot do it, I won’t. This plan is just a guide!

    I’m going to change the schedule so I break up my longer runs more. Stay tuned!

  • Meghann August 21, 2009, 5:24 am

    Are you sure you want to do two 20 milers and a 22 miler before the marathon? I would stick to one 20 miler and not go above it, especially if you're worried about voer training. I know a lot of beginning marathon training schedules I've looked at have said the same thing and that's all i did before my marathon and I was fine. I think anymore then 1 20 mile might be pushing it.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 21, 2009, 5:26 am

    alright – based on your advice, i eliminate one of the 20 milers. but, i'm keeping the 22!

  • just me August 21, 2009, 5:30 am

    i totally keep all my shirts and bibs…and basically live out of my shirts, even from years ago! ah!

    love the seasons 52 one…that was some (cold) race!

  • Niki August 21, 2009, 5:37 am

    So exciting that you are staring your marathon training! I think your modifications are a good idea based on everyone's feedback!! Can't wait to read along as you train!!

  • seesaraheat August 21, 2009, 5:48 am

    I love it! I was cleaning out my second bedroom last night and came across a lot of my old bibs and one of my half marathon medals from this year. It really did inspire me and remind me of how much I have already accomplished.

    You are going to be great!

  • inmytummy August 21, 2009, 6:11 am

    You'll be able to do it. Marathon training is daunting, but I have total faith that you'll do fine! I did a marathon about 2.5 years ago and really feel like if I can do it, anyone can. Good luck.

    I do not agree with the anon. poster who advised never to run less than 45mph while training. I did and I was fine.

  • Susan August 21, 2009, 6:23 am

    I think I have 40+ running shirts…I ran cross country and track in high school, so my tshirt totals added up very quickly! About half are long sleeved, which come in handy for our northern winters.

    Some people probably won't agree with me on this…but I think your mileage is a bit low. While you don't need to do 70 miles per week to be successful and complete the marathon, only one run per week for you will be over five miles. If you definitely think you'll be skipping a fair amount of Monday runs, that drops your mileage even lower. I'm no marathon plan expert, but I think most low mileage plans are meant to be supplemented with ample cross training, which you should be good with! Also…I think you should skip speedwork. As a first time marathoner with low mileage, speedwork is NOT necessary. I would add a few more miles in instead of going for speed. Annnd lastly, I would make your taper week long runs go 22 –> 12-ish –> 8-ish. That's a pretty typical taper. (Although I really don't think you need to do 22…20 will get you ready, and anything over 20 increases your risk for injury.)

    Okay, some people might not agree with me, but I never claimed to be an expert, and those are all just my opinions! I'm looking forward to hearing about your training!

  • Carolina John August 21, 2009, 6:32 am

    I had my best luck with the FIRST marathon plan only running 3 days a week. Good luck, your plan looks solid! for my next marathon i want to get 2 20 mile runs in.

  • Lindsey August 21, 2009, 8:00 am

    I keep all my race shirts too!! I can't help it. I love the memories from each race. The only time I donate them is if they don't fit.

    I just finished training for my first marathon in July. I race the San Fran using Hal's Intermediate Program. Here are few thoughts I had about your schedule.

    – I ran 3 20 mile runs and that was definitely plenty! I thought I would need to do a 22 for mental reasons. But if you can finish a 20 miler and feel like you have some energy left at the end, you did it right. My rest day was the day after my long run for recovery. If you are worried about your knees, running the day after might be really tough. Could you run before the football games on Saturdays and take Sunday off? At least then you could refuel with an ice cold beer at the game! 😉

    – The best part of Hal's plan is the cut back weeks! They really helped me. Some of your long runs on cut back weeks seem really short in the middle of the plan. The 8-10 mile runs are an important part of training and teaching your body to conserve energy.

    – Don't worry about your low mileage as long as you supplement with cross training. Having three quality runs per week is better than adding miles just to up your weekly mileage.

    Don't forget to get lots of rest and stretch as much as humanly possible. Yoga was my life saver! Good luck!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate) August 21, 2009, 8:09 am

    Caitlin – that french toast looks AWESOME!

    Congrats on all your races, you're such an inspiration!!

  • Matt (No Meat Athlete) August 21, 2009, 8:13 am

    I'm excited to hear that you're running a marathon! Don't be scared, you'll do it. It's all about avoiding injury, you'll be fine with the actual running. Also Disney is a fun one, my wife and I did it this year.

    Your schedule looks pretty good to me. If your goal is really just to finish, then the 22 miler is probably unnecessary, but I do think there are some benefits to getting comfortable with that kind of distance, if speed is a concern at all.

    I think it's fine that your mileage is low. I usually don't get much over 40 miles per week in my training.

    If I would change anything, it would be to get rid of the 16-17-18 mile runs 3 weeks in a row. Why not make the 17 more like 8 or 10 to give yourself a rest? Also if you can fit it in, I think increasing the distance of some of your Wednesday runs to 6-8 might help make your long runs not seem so long.

    Last thing! You said you are going to do some speedwork. Definitely do this, and maybe work in some hills. Not so much for the fitness benefit, but for the variety. I got soooo bored when I trained for my first one because all the runs were the same.

    Good luck and I'm really looking forward to following your training!!!

  • aron August 21, 2009, 9:02 am

    YAY this is very exciting 🙂

    I am training for my 5th marathon right now and its the first time I have done a scheduled run the day after a long run and I really like it. I just make sure its at recovery pace (slooow) and it has helped to get the kinks out. I think as long as its not speed work you are good to go 🙂

    For my first marathon I did 2 20 milers, and have never done more than 2 for any marathon until this one (I plan on doing 3) – but you know the mental boost you need 🙂

    you will learn a lot along the way and just make changes as needed. I did a post a while back on my "marathon training rules" that I like to look back on when I get overwhelmed sometimes… if you want to check it out its here: http://runnersrambles.blogspot.com/2009/04/tiart-marathon-training-plans.html

    good luck and cant wait to follow along!!!

  • aron August 21, 2009, 9:07 am

    also just reading through some comments, for my first marathon i peaked at 41 miles in a week, and averaged in the 30's for most of training… you will be fine with that mileage. sure i run more than that now, but i needed that base in marathon training to build up. you are going to do great 🙂 have fun!!

  • Ali August 21, 2009, 10:41 am

    I have all my numbers and all my fiance's. We are trying to think of something creative to do with them. I have all my shirts too. I mostly wear then around the house or to bed. That mushroom burger looks good!

  • eatingtolivelovelaughtri August 21, 2009, 10:57 am

    I think it is safe to say that there are a million and one ways to train for a marathon and most of them will get you safely across the finish line. I always do a 25-26 mile run before the marathon and run the majority of it at race pace. I gurantee that a lot of people will disagree with that method of training but it works for me. I think you should plan on doing 22 and then be willing to modify the run if you need to. The most important thing is to enjoy the training and stay focused on your goal. You are going to do great!

  • heather August 21, 2009, 12:35 pm

    I think your plan will definitely get you across the finish line successfully! Like others said, going above 20 miles isn't necessary, but I don't think doing 22 will hurt you. If you need it for a confidence booster then I would go for it! Even though your mileage is on the low side I wouldn't worry about it. Like you said, you don't want to do more than your body can handle, and I wouldn't advise increasing your mileage before training. Just stick with the base you have and what you're body is used to. I'm sure you know this after having an injury, but most importantly during your training always listen to your body and don't ignore anything it may be trying to tell you. I always come up with plans to get a general idea of what I'm doing but then I don't really end up following it. For my first marathon I only did one 20 miler even though I planned 2 or 3..can't remember. I also did one 15, three 17s, and one 18 whenever I felt like it. They didn't always fall on a Sunday when I'd planned, but I just made sure to give myself time in between the long runs. The three week taper is a good thing. Just be prepared for some taper madness when the time comes. I was freaking out during my taper because I was so used to running a lot, and then all of a sudden you're almost in withdrawal. I was a pretty cranky person during that time. haha. Good luck! You'll do great! And most importantly, Have fun!! 🙂

  • Ashley Manolo August 21, 2009, 8:23 pm

    This is my kind of burger as well… I follow your blog and now you can follow mine as well


    Take Care Caitlin

  • k August 22, 2009, 7:25 am

    I'm not a marathoner, but I am a marathoner's wife (I haven't 'graduated' to the marathon distance yet). I think your goal of just getting it done is PERFECT for your first one. You don't want to blow out your knees or injure yourself by trying to go with really high mileage when you have no idea how your body will react to marathon training. It is a lot to ask of your body- so the lower mileage is a way you can "give back" to what you are asking of it.

    I don't have any advice of 20 vs 22. I definitely understand the psychological advantage of getting closer to the distance. I would recommend just listening to your body and if when it comes time to do the 22 miler you feel like it might do you more harm than good, don't do it. If things are going well and you're feeling strong, go for it.

  • k August 22, 2009, 7:26 am

    oops- i forgot to answer the question- i have almost all of my bibs, but not all of my shirts. most of them were too big so I just didn't have the space to keep shirts i couldn't wear.

  • The Mean Beene August 22, 2009, 10:49 am

    Now everybody is different, but NOT running more than 20 miles for my first marathon hurt me because I had no idea what that felt like for my body. I also recommend not running the long distances in subsequent weeks, I would do an 18 miler, 10 miler, 20 miler, 12 miler, 22 miler, etc. You also learn how to hydrate properly and refuel and how much fuel you'll need during the race.

    Just my 2 cents! Good luck!!

  • Britt August 23, 2009, 2:42 pm

    I'm a bit late with the comments, but I think your plan sounds fine. Everyone is different. I'm currently training for my 12th marathon and have two 20 milers planned but may bump one up a bit to a 22 or 23 miler. I definitely understand the confidence boost of doing a 20+ mile run. Does it help in the end? Who knows. But I don't think adding 2 or 3 miles on to a 20 mile run is going to be the end of the world.

    My issue is more so speed work. I'm running NYC, typically my fall marathon is my slow one… the hot training weather does me no favors and I'm so busy during the summer. My goal is to do my long runs on Sundays and run at least 2-3 times during the week. If one of those days is speed work, great, if not, I will survive. Plus I already qualified for Boston, so that is also in the back of my head too. But still NYC will be HUGE for me, especially as I'll have family there watching!

    Best wishes and happy running!

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