Another 4 mile easy run today.
There are several differences in my marathon training plan this year. The most notable one being that I have no long run greater than 18 miles. Yes, no long run greater 18 miles!
This is a somewhat controversial point compared to the traditional training plans which usually include 20-22 miles or more as the longest run.
Psychologically, the 20-22 mile marks the “wall” in running marathons. Having conquered the wall during training, one would rely on the metabolic conditioning from the speed work to complete the remaining 5-6 miles. So goes the traditional theory.
My training plan represents a different approach. An approach built on the theory of accumulative fatigue (i.e. the total weekly distance is more important and safer than a single long run). It is new and different from what I have done in the past years.
I am interested in your opinion on this approach. Please share your thought and vote below: