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I am planning to run my first marathon at the end of May. I wouldnt describe myself as a runner although have done a few half marathons, 10ks and triathlons. So I am fairly fit. However before training for this marathon the furthest I had ever run was a half marathon.
I am up to 22miles in my training, however when I get to the 16/17 mile mark my legs and feet start to really hurt and by the end of the training run I am hobbling quite badly and even the slightest of inclines becomes quite hard. It is as if DOMS strike a day too early! The frustrating thing is that I dont really feel that tired, my heart rate is still pretty low I just feel that my legs wont run any quicker, I start running like a cross between john wayne and charlie chaplin and my pace drops off fairly sharply.
Is there any training that I can do to get over this? Will more long distance runs help this to subside, or is this just the marathon runners lot and I just need to open a can of 'man up'?
Any advice would be gratefully received.