I am now 5 months into 12 month training schedule for a 1st marathon at age 40. Due to work and children,I only run Tuesday, Thursday (5 miles each) and Sunday (up to 12 on long week with one mile increase every two weeks until I hopefully get to 20 at which point I was going to build back up from 10/ just 5 on rest week). All of my runs are at 8:00 minute pace, which has been comfortable. I just want to run sub 4:00 hour marathon.
I now see that conventional wisdom says this is all wrong: I need to run 5 days, not 3; I need to run slower, or varied paces; I need to run 25 miles base rather than alternating 15/20/15/21/15/22. . .
Am I setting myself up for failure at longer distances? Is there a training regimen that follows a 3x/week schedule?Is slow pace really better than learning to run unconsciously at a particular pace (my strides are 80/minute at 8:00 pace but form feels sloppy if I slow down to 9:00-10:00 min range).
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