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I'm well into a long training programme for my first ever marathon which I'll be doing in mid-May.
My question relates to how long your longest runs should be leading up to the event? I'm using a schedule from Smart Coach on here and it says not to run more than 20 miles. Part of me would like to run the full 26 miles in training just to prove I CAN do the distance, thus giving me a big boost phycologically really. Is this a really stupid thing to do, or should I go for it? As I say, I don't want to do too much and overtrain prior to the event, but I would like to start the race knowing I can do the distance, as I've done it before type thing - so, can anyone help?!?!
Any help anyone can give would be VERY welcome - for info I ran just over 18 miles today and felt pretty good really, so training is well on track, but I just want some advice from experienced runners re my long training runs if poss.