Many of the "here's how to run a Marathon" books suggest not actually running
26 miles before the race. Instead, they say work up to 22-24 and save the 26
for race day.
For an Ironman, though, I would think that most people *would* do a 26-miler
(or more) during training. Is that the case?
If so, how long before your Ironman do you do your 26-miler?
Do you sign up for an official Marathon if there's one that's convenient to
your location and schedule?
I'd kind of like to sign up for an "official" Marathon, but I know I could be
disciplined about taking it easy and using it as a workout; I'm sure I wouldn't
go out trying to race it. My guess would be that if you had a tendency to
"race" in such Situations then maybe doing an official race would be a bad
What do you think?