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I wasn't sure where to put this thread as I'm not really injured, so it was a toss-up between posting here or the Training forum. Basically I think I've overdone my prep for my first marathon a little bit, in that I've not built in enough Days Off/Recovery days for the last month. I was out on a planned 20 miler yesterday and I had to stop at 16.5 miles, cos my legs had just gone completely. I felt fine within myself but my legs just wouldn't turn over - Id been like that since about mile 8 or 9, had tried to run through it but to no avail.
Question is what to do now? I've got just under 10 weeks til marathon day, so do I just take a week or so off? I've done one 19 miler as my max distance thus far, and I'd planned to do a couple of 20ish milers before the big day. But the way my legs are at present I really don't know what to do for the best - anyone had anything similar before, and if so what did you do to get you through it?
If poss I'm desperate to still do the marathon as I'm raising money for our local Cancer Hospital where my brother is staying, so I've got a major incentive to do it - that's why I've been working so hard in training, but in hindsight I think I've overdone it - so any help re what to do now would be most welcome.