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I'm about to embark on training for a marathon (my first for a number of years and after an extended period of very little running).
Trying to choose a training schedule. Previously I've done schedules which build up week by week to a long run of about 20 miles then taper.
I'm now looking at a schedule which is appealing other than the long run never goes above 16 miles - instead building up harder sessions the day before the long run in order to simulate the fatigue of a marathon.
Has anyone done followed a similar programme? Would you recommend it?
As much as anything else I'm worried that psychologically I won't feel prepared without a 20 miler in the bank.