I feel that Art is covering his butt from law suits by recomending the full year of training.
Yes, one should take their time building up the mileage in order to avoid injuries, but It doesn't take a full year to work up to comfortably running an average of 25 miles per week.
Of course, every one is different in their physical abilities.
I find the 18 week programs are just long enough to hold interest of the runner.
My experiences - I have run a 2:59:47 marathon on only 12 weeks of training. That was 20 years ago.
July 26th I will be starting Liberman's 18 week schedule 2 program.
I'm presuming here that prarierunner has the training and not lack of.
It sounds to me that prarierunner has gone thru ~15 weeks of a training program and is now in the tapering phase.
Your exactly correct, you haven't had a real bad day of running yet - cause you ain't up in the double digits yet! As I always say...give it time.
Anyhow my point of all this is: I think prairierunner IS following a training program and is well prepared and just had a bad day or low bio rythyms.
Could be something that happened in the previous week was the cause - that's why we keep daily running logs...to look back and see what we did that effected a particular run.
Thanks for all the fish.
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