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I just completed my 3rd marathon last week and my times have got progressively and drastically worse (3:46 3:57 4:17), despite training well for this 3rd one.
From my view the only weaknesses in my training this time around was the quality and quantity of my long runs. As a guide I ran a 1:31 half marathon pb 4 weeks before my 4:17 marathon, and felt like I could have gone faster.
I've signed up for my next marathon on June 23rd to try and turn around this downward trend and I want to get as many long runs in as possible during this time.
I've set myself a target of 3:45, so I don't think speed work is too important in the next 6 weeks.
Bearing all of this in mind; could I shape my training plan around 2 long runs a week and only gentle recovery runs in between?