Try not to worry, you don’t need to run anywhere near 26 miles before you run the marathon.
The longer the distance you run in training the more likely you are to get injured so don’t push the distance too hard.
Remember you are better off doing lots of interval training rather than focussing on long runs. Intervals will get you fitter quicker and with less risk of injury.
A lot of people feel they need the psychological reassurance of running a big distance before the marathon. However, once you get to marathon day and feel the support and positive buzz all around you, you’ll have all the psychological motivation you need.
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