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Spring this year I started road cycling and competed in a few sportives. IN August I began cycling to work 3 times a week; 15 miles each commute. However, as the nights started to draw in I decided to take up running as cycling at night with British drivers is a pretty scary prospect.
At first I began 3 mile runs and within a month have built it up to 12 miles last night. From what I've read on the internet I've probably built up my distance a bit quicker than recommended but I reasoned that my cycling/starting fitness meant that this was ok. So last week I signed up for the Edinburgh marathon.
It isn't till next May, but I have been doing a spot of light reading and it seems that many recommend doing speed runs etc. Is this really necessary, or will it suffice to just build up the distance? Is it a matter of speed runs etc will help me get a faster time or due to the length of the run are they a vital component to marathon training?
Many thanks for any comments/advice in advance.