For KDerOll :O)
Looks like we are out of the woods. They say a lot of rain, but on Friday, and Karen just posted about doing her 20 miles on Friday night; hope the rain is gone by then! Good luck!!!
Looks like my 17 is on for Saturday morning as planned, but if the rains linger into Saturday morning, we'll adjust if necessary. :O)
Karen asked "Why not 10 in the morning and 7 in the evening?"
Very good question, and I have been known to split up a run, but generally only when its a mid-week longer distance (8 miles) where I will do a few in the morning and finish up in the evening. And typically this only occurs in the Summer months because its so darn hot!
I have never split up a long run when training for a marathon, but I know there are those that do and think its quite ok, and I would tend to agree only if its done once or twice. Life happens and when it does, we take measures to acoomodate that.
However I don't think one could get away with splitting up all their long runs no more than I think one can necessarily run all their long runs on a treadmill and expect to do well (especially if its your first one).
Its not so much the physicality of it, but the mental aspect. You really need to know what it feels like mentally to be out there for x number of miles and x number of hours.
I don't know, sometimes its hard enough for me to split up 2 short distances in one day...I don't know how my mind would handle running 10 in the morning, then knowing "Ugh, I have to do this again in less than 12 hours?"
What do you think? Splitting up long runs is OK to do? Have you done it (more than a few times in one marathon training season)?