We’re officially 19 weeks out from the Boston marathon.
Why does this matter? Because a lot of marathon training plans are 18 weeks. They say it takes about 18 weeks to go from easy 4-6 milers, to the peak 20 or 22-mile long run, before tapering for the big 26.2.
I’ve maintained a decent base this year, and my weekend runs range from 8-10 miles right now. That said, I’m good to start my Boston long runs around 10+. Which gives me a few more weeks mid-cycle to experiment with longer/different long runs.
For every previous cycle, the longest run I would do was 20 miles. I’d do two of them, and it’s worked out just dandy. So this time around, with my current base, I know I can handle bumping up my mileage and running 3 20’ers.
Over the years and blogs and marathoner friends I’ve talked to, I’m hearing more and more runners going up to 22 miles as their max long run distance. If this was my first or second marathon, I wouldn’t entertain that idea, but Boston will be #5 for me. So I find myself considering this change in long run planning.
For now, I’m tentatively considering doing either:
a.) 2 20-milers and 1 22 miler
b.) 3 20-milers
I’m not a huge number/stats-crunching type of runner. Which is why I wanted to blog about all this today… I’m cool with the long runs either way, butI’d love your feedback!
What would you do: option a.) or b.)?
How many 20+ mile long runs do you hit while marathon training?
Either way, I know I’ll get the mileage in just fine, and the Boston 26.2 will be nothing short of a blast. I hear there’s magic in those 26.2 ;)