Missed the 20 miler...now what...

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mjpTennis
mjpTennis Posts: 6,165 Member
So I ended up having to miss my 20 miler spending some time at the hospital on Saturday with a family member and Easter weekend happening as well. 3 weeks away from my marathon, I am trying to figure out if I should add in another longer than 12 mile run.

I am running the Hal Higdon 30 week personal best plan and the remaining training is:

Cross, 5 m run, 6 m run, 5 m run, Rest, 4 m pace, 12 m run
Cross, 4 m run, 5 m run, 4 m run, Rest, 3 m run, 8 m run
Cross, 4 m run, 4 m run, Rest, Rest, 2 m run, Marathon

Any advice you can add as I close in on my first marathon would be appreciated. I have stuck to the plan pretty well up until this hiccup.

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  • CarsonRuns
    CarsonRuns Posts: 3,039 Member
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    You might go 14 instead of 12, but I wouldn't much more. You aren't going to add much fitness now, but you can certainly set yourself back by doing too much too close to the race.
  • SillyC2
    SillyC2 Posts: 275 Member
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    Either run the 20 miler tonight, or just follow your plan without it. It will be fine.
  • schmenge55
    schmenge55 Posts: 745 Member
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    The good news is that a lot of people think a 20 miler is not needed. And no one workout matters. I'd bump your 12 up a bit to maybe 14 and worry about it no more
  • MelisaBegins
    MelisaBegins Posts: 161 Member
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    You might go 14 instead of 12, but I wouldn't much more. You aren't going to add much fitness now, but you can certainly set yourself back by doing too much too close to the race.
    I second this advice and would add that you definitely shouldn't stress yourself out with worry that it didn't happen. That won't mentally do you any good on race day. Best of luck to you!
  • mjpTennis
    mjpTennis Posts: 6,165 Member
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    I have done an 18 and a 20 already and have been adding an extra mile on to a couple of runs during the last 10 weeks as well. I will bump the 12 to 14 on Sunday. That is a great point about not improving the fitness but hurting it. Thanks.
  • vmclach
    vmclach Posts: 670 Member
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    I'd do it 2 weeks out lol... I've ran 5 marathons & I qualified for Boston. My best races were undertapered/not tapered. My friend recently ran a very shocking time & her last 20 was 2 weeks before... I ran 22 miles 6 dats before my last full & PRed by 16 min & boston qualified. Now 6 days is a bit extreme. I'd do your 20 as soon as possible.
  • CarsonRuns
    CarsonRuns Posts: 3,039 Member
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    I'd do it 2 weeks out lol... I've ran 5 marathons & I qualified for Boston. My best races were undertapered/not tapered. My friend recently ran a very shocking time & her last 20 was 2 weeks before... I ran 22 miles 6 dats before my last full & PRed by 16 min & boston qualified. Now 6 days is a bit extreme. I'd do your 20 as soon as possible.

    One thing you need to remember is that at your age, you recover faster. Not so much for us old dudes. :)