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I'm a real beginer runner and am due to do my longest ever race at the end of October, the Great South Run (10 miles) i am not following a training plan so need a bit of advice from those with more knowledge and experience than me.
I did my first ever 10km last month which was great so i have been keeping my long runs at around 7-8 miles for the last few weeks to keep the momentum going. I know i need to up this so i know i can do the full distance before the day but not sure when i should do this. Do i up the milage over the next 2-3 weeks and do it then and go back to 7-8 for the weeks prior to the race. Or do i wait and keep doing my usual run for a few more weeks and then up it closer to the day. Does it actually make any difference is it more a mental thing for a first timer knowing that i can do it?
Sorry for the long gabbled post, if you have made it through without gouging your eyes out with spoons then any help will be appreciated, thanks.