I'm going a slow 24 mile training run/walk three weeks before my marathon. Since it's a run/walk, and done at a slow pace, that's plenty of time to recover and be fully ready for the big day. The point of this long a run, according to Galloway, is to push the wall out farther. The body can do what it's accustomed to do, after all.
If I had the time (which I don't for this race) I'd run/walk a very, very slow 28 miles as my longest run to prepare for a faster 26. Maybe next race.
Has anyone else ever wondered if there's a correlation between the infamous wall hitting most people at 20 miles and the fact that most training programs have a longest run of 20 miles? I have.
I also realize that this is my first marathon and I only know what I've read in books. The actual experience is going to be very interesting. I'm placing a lot of trust in Mr. Galloway.
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