Total Mileage Buildup
By contrast, long-run planning is more straightforward, although with considerably more variation, as indicated by the error bars. No matter the skill level, plans build to a maximum training distance of around 32k three weeks before race day. The f irst f ive weeks are relatively f lat, and I interpret this as a temporary compensation of introductory speed work and more total mileage build. One should avoid making too many changes at once, which is why high mileage happens sooner (seven weeks out) than when long runs peak.
So, what have we learned? First, that one can sometimes discover universal t ra ining patterns through simple averaging, hence a wisdom of the masses. Second, you can trust a plan that guides you gracefully up (then down) in your mileage goals, as illustrated here.