Finally I have reached the 40K mark again. It has been almost one year ago since my last marathon race and the last time I ran 40K a week was about 8 months ago. It feels good physically and mentally to be able to this much in a week. Now with this solid base I will be able to go to 50K by increasing my long-runs. This week my longest run was about 10K and the other runs were about 6K and 8K. Hopefully I will be able to keep up the basic runs while increasing my long runs little by little.
It was just 2 months ago that I had to give up my marathon preparations because I was unable to run more than 10K without ending up in pain. Looking back upon that decision I know that it was the right one. Thanks to "marathon-training-guides.com" and "runningtimes.com forum" I got the courage to back-off from racing the marathon race which would have resulted in injury for sure.
Don't get me wrong, the last 6K leading up to the total of 40K were not easy and were at my slowest pace in many months. They were over 6min/k pace, but I just wanted to be save and not over strain my legs.