counteract the hard work and planning of the last several months to a year. Following a few basic guidelines can minimize any excess damage to the body and make the race experience more pleasant for the runner.
The week prior to the race:
- The last long run should take place 3 weeks prior to the marathon. It takes that long for the training-induced muscle damage to resolve. Trying to add in 1 more long run might be a recipe for disaster. There will be minimal gain, if anything, and may cause the athlete to suffer from “dead legs” during the event….
October 19, 2014