The Yorkshire Marathon

can I do 2 marathons in one year?

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09/01/2013 at 16:41

I heard yesterday there is to be a marathon in York on Oct 20th. It is my home town and I would love to enter! But I am currently training for the Marathon of the North on April 28th. I said I would do one marathon a year (I am on my 2nd after Manchester last year) and I wondered if anyone could share there experience of doing a spring and Autumn marathon. I am concerned about training through the hot (?) summer months and how to keep up the running and training between the 2. After Manchester I kept up my running and did the Tatton half in Nov. My family think I am mad but the draw of York is so tempting! Any advice from RW members would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

09/01/2013 at 17:06

I completed 2 last year, the Hull marathon on Easter Sunday and then the Liverpool in October. I didnt feel any adverse effects.

I would say one you've done the 1st marathon you perhaps dont quite need to put in the same hours each week once you've reached that level of fitness, however I would say you must keep up the long runs at the weekend to keep your body conditioned for long distances.

09/01/2013 at 17:19

Thank you Sean, for your helpful advice

09/01/2013 at 17:43

I did my first 2 marathons last year, first in May (Cape Wrath) followed by Loch Ness at end of September. I've been running 2 years now and aged 55. Don't have the same problem of hot summer months here (Orkney) but I managed a 40 minute "improvement" between the two given that Cape Wrath is a tougher course. I did do 5 halves over 2012 too. Loch Ness was certainly a lot easier.
I think this is supportive of what Sean has said.

Edited: 09/01/2013 at 17:44
09/01/2013 at 20:00
Lily - great to hear from you again - I did 2 for the first time last year - Manchester and Luton (November) and was OK with that. Have to say I am also tempted by Yorkshire one as well as Manchester
10/01/2013 at 11:26

Thanks Other Half- are you doing any marathons this year?

Cake-thanks for helpful advice. Where do I find the Shades thread?

BP- good to hear from you. I appreciated your support and advice on the GMM thread last year I decided on a change from GMM this year as I could not really face returning! It did not put me off marathons but was a tough day! On the point of signing up for York. So thrilled we are going to have a marathon and don't want to miss out on this historic occasion!

10/01/2013 at 12:31

thanks for the info Cake.

...................just put in my entry for York. I have heard the places are filling up fast, over 3500 and the limit is 5000. So that prompted me to act quickly!

10/01/2013 at 12:33

Well done Lily may have to make a decision tonight


11/01/2013 at 13:22

I'd been mulling over entering this but Lily's post and media reports of the excellent take up has prompted a decision - I'm in!!

11/01/2013 at 13:26

Me too just entered today!!

11/01/2013 at 14:52
Just read on Facebook the York marathon is now full. Glad BP and Andrew that you have places. It will be brilliant!

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