I'm in a similar boat. While I've done a lot of running in a previous life (mostly 10ks), I haven't trod step-one for five years. Starting in January from essential ground zero, I'm up to doing 30 miles a week with a 12 mile long run at a comfortable 10 mpm pace. I run four days and bike two. I planned to maintain this for the next two months before starting a four month training for Kiawah in December.
I have two questions.
I have this psychological hangup about training at 20, but running 26. Galloway recommends a pre-race 27 mile training run/walk, but do I really want to beat myself up like that? Yet at 20, not having run the distance, how do I know I'll be able to do it?
Secondly, midweek running recommendations I've seen are all over the globe; from as little as three miles to half marathons. Again, Galloway recommends 40-60 minute runs. Can you maintin conditioning at three miles? And are the longer midweek runs just more punishment?
At the root here is the question of readiness. I don't want to overtrain and risk injury, but I don't want to bonk half way through either.
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