Originally Posted by deadly7
Saw your other post in the happy thread.. You have an interesting training regimen. A friend's training for his second marathon also and he's not doing too many splits, preferring to just add miles. I think he does about 8-10 a day nonstop. From people I've talked to, his approach is more common. Whatever works though
That was how I trained for my first: lots of mileage, and I was up to 60 miles/week at one point, and it works.
This time around I was going to do the same, but I'd had to dial it back repeatedly ('08, '10, '11) because I just couldn't bang out the heavier mileage- I ended up running half-marathons. As it turned out I found a training program that gets me through on lower mileage, so I thought - okay, let's try this. Also, I had a friend (a really good marathoner) gently chide me for 'mindless mileage' and challenged me to add a weekly track workout. After I read the same in a really good training book (Run, by Matt Fitzgerald), and saw it in the on-line training plan, I went with it. It's become a staple for me and I'll probably keep at it in the off-season. The science of it - I later found out - goes back to Lydiard who wsa among the first to first advocate massive (100+) base mileage.
Most of the speed sessions are short (20 minutes, give or take), but there are a few that have kept me at or near pace for over an hour, and those were mind-boggling.