How long should your longest run be for marathon training?

The vast majority of plans recommend running no more than 20 miles in your longest run, and usually suggest doing so 3-4 weeks before race day.

How many weeks before a marathon should you do your longest run?

3-5 weeks
Most runners find that running their longest long run 3-5 weeks before the marathon is best. Necessarily, the pace is slow. This type of super long run isn’t about speed. It’s about time on your feet so make sure to run within the long run pace range (and often toward the slower end) and just let the time roll by.

How do I prepare my body for a long run?


  1. Start with the right foods and start a few days prior to the run.
  2. Check the weather.
  3. Make sure you address your mid-run nutrition needs.
  4. Plan the route.
  5. Prepare your long run gear the night before the run.
  6. Apply your Body Glide.
  7. Carry some cash, a credit card and a form of ID.

Is it OK to miss a long run during marathon training?

If you’re following a training plan, getting in those long runs can be a challenge sometimes. If you happen to miss one there is no need to panic. It’s ill-advised to skip to the next distance, considering that long runs can jump up by two miles at a time.

What should I do the night before a long run?

What to do the night before your big race

  1. Prepare, gather, charge, and organize everything you’ll need on race morning.
  2. Put the finishing touches on your playlist.
  3. Treat yourself.
  4. Consider a beer or glass of wine to help you relax.
  5. Watch something you love, something that makes you laugh, or something that inspires you.

What should you not do before a long run?

5 Worst Things To Do Before You Run

  1. Eat too close to your run. Ideally you should not eat anything for two hours before you run.
  2. Incorrect warm-up before your run.
  3. Wear new gear before a long run.
  4. Drinking too close to your run.
  5. Forget to go to the toilet.

Why do you never run a full marathon in training?

But most running experts tell recreational marathoners that it’s not a good idea to run more than 20 miles at one time during training. Running that distance takes a toll on your body. You’ll need a long recovery period, and you run a high risk of getting injured.

Should you shower before a marathon?

It might be tempting to explore or sightsee the day before the race, especially if you are in a new town, but this will only leave you tired before you’ve even stepped on the course. Don’t shower.