I was talking to one of my best friends today and got the "don't do anything that will put you at risk for another injury" lecture. But I was battling between the logic of that and the underlying fear that if I don't attempt a longer distance my legs won't be ready for 26.2 miles in 2 weeks. So I did some more research and came across THIS POST that challenges the "mandatory 20 miler" claim for marathon training. The article AND the comments provide an interesting perspective and actually made me feel better about not being able to get another 20 miler (or anything close to that) done recently. It is important to note that the post does mention running up to 3 hours (which on a good day would probably take me to 15 miles). That being said I'm not sure there is much benefit to doing that 2 weeks before my race (in light of how limited my training has been recently).
The answer? I'll probably stick to my original "taper" plan and run 10 miles. I'm going to focus on the fact that I'm cleared to run Chicago and that whether I do 15 miles this weekend or not I'm still running 26.2 miles in two weeks. I would rather go into the race with rested legs than legs that have lingering soreness and pain from training runs. Plus, I got this text message from the coach of my running group...
(the "super smart" comment sold me on the advice ;) Although I can't take full credit for it since my best friend was the one who initially told me to stick with the 10 mile run as planned).
What is your maximum long run distance for your half/full marathon training?
Do you run for time or for distance when you do your long runs?
What is your favorite memory from your first half/full marathon?