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Long road back...

Post  Mike MacLellan on Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:07 pm

Hi folks.  Most of you know my running history...  In short, 3 raced marathons, a handful of training runs at 26.2 or longer, all over the course of the last 3 years.  Injuries and lack of motivation have kept me from a successful training cycle since Boston 2012.

I've just broken back into double-digit weeks after a month at 5-9mpw plus around 100mpw cycling.  

So, my question...  Better to build my long run first while keeping my "normal" runs at 3-5mi?  Or get all my "normal" runs up to an hour (7-8mi) then start adding for the long run?
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Post  mul21 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:22 pm

I vote for option 2.  You're much more likely to suffer from an overuse injury by going too far too soon than if you build up to running an hour at a crack and then start adding in 10-12 milers once you've built some endurance/muscle memory back up.
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Post  Jerry on Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:39 pm

@mul21 wrote:I vote for option 2.  You're much more likely to suffer from an overuse injury by going too far too soon than if you build up to running an hour at a crack and then start adding in 10-12 milers once you've built some endurance/muscle memory back up.

 +1, especially now is hot. Oh well, may not be true in where you live.

FWIW, I only do 16 for long run for now and will ramp up the weekend long to 20 in Sept.
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Post  Nick Morris on Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:24 pm

I agree...you will want to start back slow and work your mileage up slowly.  This way you can avoid the overuse injury.  It may seem like it takes a long time, but it will take you longer if you get hurt.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:44 pm

Got it.  Let's hope this works this time.
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