What's the training plan between the two
I've just done London and doing in Edinburgh in a few weeks time. What is recommended for training between? Tick over, or get another couple of long runs in?
Yes, you should probably do a 3 week taper.
That still means you can get 2 long runs in.
In the past I have sometimes done a long run 2 weeks before a marathon and then tapered but most people advise against this.
I did the London & Edinburgh double last year. I happened to go on a training run 2 weeks after London run by Paul Evans (Britain's last male winner of a major marathon) and asked what I ought to do between the two. His answer was: "Wrap yourself in cotton wool!"
As he pointed out, the effort of London takes a lot out of you, and also counts as a last really long training run for Edinburgh. You will not pick up fitness gains from training in between but will probably pick up injuries. So, on his advice, I ran no hard sessions, and long runs in the 6 weeks in between the 2 maras were: London Marathon, 5, 8, 12, 8, 6, Edinburgh Marathon.
On this plan, I still felt tired as I set off at the start of Edinburgh, and held back cautiously for 16 or 17 miles. Then, once I reached the 18 mile point where you turn to head back to the finish with a slight downslope and a following prevailing wind, I felt the freshest I've ever felt during any marathon at any point. I turned my new PB from London of 3:59:55 into an even better PB of 3:58:24.
the two are certainly obviously possible - as i've done 2 marathons pushing phillip 2 weeks apart
But i agree with Chi Monk
I'd keep it gently - that's only my thoughts
CM, thats interesting advise, not quite what I do though!! I do more than that and find I am usually tierd at the start of Edinburgh (have done the double twice). Interesting that you did too even though you did a lot less than me!
Last year they were 6 weeks apart, the year before 5. This year I did Stratford on the same day as FLM. When I got to 15miles I knew I wasnt going to get the time I wanted so I decided to drop down to LSR pace and save myself for Edinburgh. This means that I have done more than usual since the marathon because I havnt had so much recovery time.
I always like to do my last 20-22 miler 3 weeks out so will be doing that this weekend. However, from what has been said before it seems that is not necessary but I know mentally I need to do it. 2 years ago I found it a real struggle because it was just 2 weeks after my first marathon so plan to take it dead slow if you are going to do 20.
Personally I dont think you need a 3 week taper. I taper is to recover from training and prepare you for the race. Since you have recovered from the FLM training in your last taper and have had a week or so already to recover from the marathon you dont really need 3 weeks to taper again (IMHO). Next week I will be training fairly hard (for me) but at the end of the week my LSR will be 12-15miles so it is at the weekend 2 weeks out that I will start my taper.
I did a short interval session last night 3 x 800m. I think I will do one interval session a week up to Edinburgh and try and do a few MP runs, I also have a 5 mile race. Other than that all my runs will be easy peasy pace.
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