Before I get to my question, I have to show you what I created! It's called Beet 'Pizza'!
This was SO good! I roasted the beets with olive oil, salt and pepper, for 35 minutes in the oven.
I made a mixture of goat cheese and lowfat ricotta, spread that on whole wheat Naan bread, then put the beets on top of it. Put it back in the oven for about 10 minutes, added a little spinach on top, and voila!
Now for my question:
I'm currently training for my first marathon, on April 20th. The plan I'm following only has me going up to 16 miles. But I think how can I possibly be ready to run 26, if my long run only goes to 16??
So, I emailed the guy who designed the plan, and asked him about it. He sent me these articles about your long run before a marathon.
Basically they say that you only need to run 16-18 to be ready for a marathon. He says 20 or over is a great confidence booster, but not necessary.
"The total amount of time on your feet during a 3 plus hour run will break down the muscles and completely exhaust you, which leads to a significant delay in recovery time and means you can’t complete more marathon specific workouts throughout the following week, which I believe are a more important component to marathon success.
Furthermore, your body doesn’t see a significant increase in training benefits after running for 3-hours. The majority of physiological stimulus of long runs occurs between the 90 minute and 2:30 mark. To add insult to injury, running for longer than 3:30 significantly increases your chance of injury. Therefore, you’re leveraging some very slight training benefits for increased fatigue and injury risk."
That all makes sense to me! Since I'm running 4 days a week, I can understand that if my long run is 20-22 miles, I won't be able to run 5-7 more 2 days later!
So, I have 8 1/2 weeks left, I think I'll keep my long runs at 15-16, and do an 18 and 19 once each. Maybe it's just a mental thing, but I need to KNOW that I can run a marathon! And the only way for me to know for sure is to do that distance ahead of time! But I definitely don't want to get injured ahead of time and not be able to do the marathon!
I need your advice! What do you recommend? What worked for you?