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THE 20-MILE LIMIT: Is it real? Should you run further? Here's the reason why #marathoners need not break the barrier.

“It’s such a stretch between 20 and 26.2 miles,” worried the runner. “If I want to push my mileage farther, how far should I go?” “Go no farther,” I warned. I feel strongly that 20 is plenty for all novice and even for most intermediate and advanced marathoners. Yes, runners might achieve a somewhat higher level of fitness by pushing beyond 20. But the twin risk of injury or overtraining rises with each extra mile added. I would rather send those following my programs to the starting line undertrained than overtrained. They are much more likely to have a positive experience. That didn’t satisfy my questioner. She wanted a better reason. She wanted to understand the science behind the 20-mile limit. Unfortunately, the science is fuzzy. It’s a tough topic to study. Are metric-oriented runners who peak at 30-K (18.5 miles) less prepared than linear runners peaking at 20 or 22...

Full article: http://www.halhigdon.com/writing/61198/THE%2020-MILE%20LI...

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