This week I am finishing my first, but unofficial week of marathon training. Recap post to come. I have decided to go with Hal Higdon's Intermediate 1 program. One reason I chose this program is because it has two 20 miles runs scheduled, and this year I am attempting to run two full marathon's a month apart from each other.
Yesterday on my "long" run of the week, 9 miles, I was running with the coordinator of our run club. She also happens to be a level II USAT coach. She is not coaching us in run club, she just coordinates the runs. We started talking and my training plan came up. The short story is, she believes that running only 20 miles is not enough for marathon training and thinks I should run more. From all the reading and talking to other runners that I have done and I think 20 is enough. Less risk of injury and you aren't running your race pace, so you are out there a little longer.
But her comments did get me thinking. Should I try running more than 20 in these training runs. I have a while to go before I am faced with this, but want to be prepared when the time comes. I am hoping (knock on wood) that I am healthy for both of these races. My first marathon I had tendinitis in my right knee and it started hurting 2 miles into the race. My second one, I had bronchitis. So my goal this time is to not just finish, but to have much better times. I would like to run 4:15:00 this year, for at least one of the races. Knee year I did a 5 hour(not to mention it was Austin, which is a very hilly place to be running with and injured knee), and bronchitis year I did a 4:40.
So I am asking you guys what you have done and think? Is 20 miles enough?