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As the title says this marathon training is tough. I now know that running the marathon is going to be the hardest things I have ever done and I only hope I can do it. After each long run I do have doubts.
My long runs for the previous 6 weeks have been 14.5, 16, 17, 7 (bit of an injury), 16, 18.5 and I have found each of the long runs comfortable until about the 14/15 mile mark and then it is such a battle and I need to dig really deep.
Last week I was exhausted at the end, felt nauseaus and felt really dehydrated. This week everything was ok until mile 11 when I started to get pains in my knee. At the first the pain was like a spasm and really affected my stride. I was able to run through this but then at mile 16.4 the pain returned and forced me to stop. I could not run up or down hills, I walked a bit to get up a hill and then ran the last couple of miles. I covered 20 miles but ran 18.5 miles. I felt really flat at the end not been able to cover the 20 miles planned but the pain was just too much for me to run through.
I have had quite a heavy cold from last week so I ma hoping this is making me more tired, I think my trainers need changing, as well as the knee i could feel every stone i went over on the base of my foot leaving me thinking that the support/sponge on the shoe is not as good as it could be.
My knee is still sore when going up and down the stairs or pushing off the leg from a seat for instance but ok when walking.
Hoe are others finding the longer miles? I ma meant to have another long run of about 20 next week then a half marathon race, a shorter long run say 10, then another 22 before tapering down. I would sdo like to have a long run that goes well and ends strongly to help my confidence. I fear my stamina is not as strong as i need