Three different marathon trainingschedules and their mileage:
1. The marathontraining.com schedule wants you to log 18-46 miles a week in their 18 week program, averaging 36-46 miles a week in the last couple of weeks of marathon training.
2. The Hal Higdon training program (http://www.halhigdon.com/) gives you a weekly mileage of 26-50 miles a week in their 18 week program, averaging 34-50 miles a week in the last couple of weeks of marathon training.
3. The schedule I use for this marathon training cycle. I downloaded it at http://www.runinfo.nl/, a Dutch running website. According to the schedule I need to run 26-48 miles a week during 16 weeks. In the peak weeks (7 weeks) I log 35-48 miles a week.
What's the question? Well, I'm an active visitor of the runnersworld.com forum, and in the 'New York Marathon training' section every single visitor talks about a weekly mileage of at least 50 miles (most of them are running 55 miles or more a week in their peak weeks). And most of them have their hopes set on running a 4:15 or 4:30 marathon. I'm aiming for 3:50, or at least sub 4 for New York. Makes a girl wonder whether or not she should log more miles to even make that goal. On the other hand, missing three runs (19 miles) last week due to laryngitis and seriously considering skipping tonight's 6 miler due to knee pain (after yesterday's intervals), I'm just not physically fit enough at this point to log 55 mile weeks.
What training schedule do you use? How crazy is your mileage?