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Dedicated runners like to maintain 25 - 30 miles per week with 30 miles/week being the best to maintain preparedness for ramping up to an 18 week marathon training program. If you stay based at about 9 miles, you can ramp up to an easy, comfortable 10 mile race or half marathon in just two weeks. Dedicated runners like to run a lot of 10k races, and a 25 - 30 mile/week running schedule keeps you in very good condition to run 10k and 10 mile races competitively. You should also try to do 4 - 6 half marathons a year.
If you stay based at 9 miles, you can throw in an 11 miler one week and then a 13 miler the next. In summary, a 25 - 30 mile a week running schedule will keep you in a steady state that allows you to ramp up to a marathon easily.