The past 2 years I've tried to build my run mileage up following a Hal Higdon schedule over 20 weeks to a marathon. I've failed to make the start line both years due to injury or illness.
I'm trying to come up with a different plan this year. I'd just like to start and finish one of these things!
One of my big problems is that my legs start to get tight once I hit the 2 hour mark of running. I've still got 2 hours to go.... my longest run ever has been 16 miles.
Things I'm considering for this year.
More recovery early in the schedule. (as I've got a 70.3 8 weeks into the 20 week schedule) Instead of running 5 days a week. I'd run 3 or 4 but do one run in the morning one in the evening those days, to cover the weekly miles. Then build into the 5 day a week once tri season is over.
I'm going to up my hydration significantly and pop endurolytes like they are candy to see if that helps with the leg tightness.
Massages will become a weekly recovery for the final 10 weeks. As needed before then. (fortunately, they are already paid for)
Just throwing this out there in case someone else has already fought through a similar issues and might have some suggestions.
Honestly, I'm more interested in figuring out how to go long, than I am in finishing. I can wait another year to get to the finish, if that's what it takes.