06 Oct '16, 3pm

How Long Should Your Longest Run Be for Marathon Training?

How Long Should Your Longest Run Be for Marathon Training?

How long do your longest training runs need to be to successfully get fit for a marathon? That’s a good question. When 33-year-old nurse practitioner Caroline Bauer toes the line at the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9, it will be after logging nine runs of at least 20 miles during the latter stages of her 16 week training plan. That’s six more than the standard three 20-milers many marathoners put in, but then again, Bauer isn’t your standard marathoner. She’s hoping to break the 2:50 mark, her PR from last spring’s Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn. Bauer is something of an outlier, yet emblematic of the fact that marathoners come in all sizes, shapes and abilities, with a wide range of goals. What works for a beginner won’t work for someone as experienced and fleet-footed as Bauer. For years, most marathon programs geared toward recreational runners suggested two to four 20-...

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