October 21 2014
NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training
At Women’s Running, we’re concerned about taking care of our readers and we’re always looking for ways to kick it up a notch. We created the “Ask A Coach” blog feature to put you in touch with professional running coaches, who can answer your questions and guide you on the right path. Read below to find advice on tackling your long runs!
Question: I’m training for my first marathon and struggling mentally and physically to get through the long runs. My main concern is that I’m only running 20 miles. How will I make it through 26.2 miles if I only train up to 20 miles in training?
Answer by Coach Jenny Hadfield: Although there are mental benefits to tackling the marathon distance during training, the risks definitely outweigh the benefits. Running up to the 20 mile distance is enough to build the endurance to get through the marathon, but not too much to risk fatigue, exhaustion and inadequate recovery.
Here are some quick tips for improving your long runs:
Coach Jenny Hadfield is the co-author of Marathoning for Mortals and Running for Mortals. She is a nationally recognized speaker and writer. Learn more about Jenny at jennyhadfield.com.
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