I suppose it depends if you plan to 'race' both events, i usually attempt a marathon and use it as a 'training run' or 'long run' approximately 5-6 weeks before i actually 'race' a marathon.
The most i've done consecutively is 5 maras in 5 weeks (2004). Then again more recently i ran Loch Ness marathon (07/10/07) earlier this month in 2.53.57 and ran Snowdonia marathon (last sunday, 27/10/07)) just 3 weeks later in 3.13.05
Either way, just go out and enjoy (both events). No doubt plenty of other forumites will post their own experiences.
doh ! howd'ya guess
no problem at all
But dont necessarily expect good times at both
that having been said, last year i set a pb twice during 11 in 11 weeks, that wa the fourth and the sixth marathon in the series
I did London April last year and Stockholm in june 6 weeks later, both were very hot days
Can be done obviously but i just focussed on getting around the both of them injury free. May need to alter your goals regarding personal best etc but maybe use the London as a training run to conserve some energy for Rome.,Good Luck
Did Seaford mara in 4:58, trying to go nice and slow. Still felt hard, though.
A week later did a hilly 10 miler in 1:29, then another three weeks later did Beachy Head mara in 4:46.
The hilly ten miler was really a mistake (although great fun) as I took a bit of a knee niggle away from it, which slowed me down at Beachy a fair amount.
So I'd say that two marathons in four weeks is fine if you're going to take one easy and you don't do a hard race inbetween.
Best of luck & enjoy !
Great, thanks a lot everyone! It sounds like it's a lot more common than I thought I know there's always crazy people on the BBC coverage of London that do like 30 in 30 days!). Anyway, I don't have any time goals set for myself- I did a great time last year in 4hrs12 so I don't think I need to beat that next year! At least the two are in amazing scenery and atmosphere... just need to get through the winter training now!
Thank you very much for your advice!
A couple of years ago I did the New Forest marathon in 4:21 and four weeks later did Abingdon in 3:43.
Admittedly I had a nightmare in the New Forest (it was my first marathon) and walked a lot of the second half but I believe that you should be able to set decent times in both. Don't EXPECT to......you won't know how the first race will affect you until after the second, but if all goes well then it's certainly possible.
Between the first and second races I did the following:
You would have done all of the training for the second race before the first race so there's no need top bust a gut. Just keep yourself ticking over.
I was thinking about doing the same next year....but as it's taken me soooo long to get into London I decided to focus just on it. Good luck!
this year did the duchy marathon then a few weeks later london both in 3.22 i just used the first as a training run but blew out in london cos of the heat but still did a 3.23.
if you put some good miles in training it should be no problem .
How old r u now ?
Ah, a wee bit older than me then (i'm 38, closely going onto 39, but dreading the big 40 as don't want to be known as a vet)
I may see you at Cornish mara (if i get the other half's permission to run it), though as i'm unwinding for 2007 won't be racing it (that doesn't mean i'll be much outside 3.15 though)
Yep, good luck Tracey, what maras are they ? (is 1 of them New York ?)
hethstar, a running companion of mine who ran Shakespeare marathon with me this year also did Rome and said it was a fantastic race, i'm sure he mentioned cobble stones somewhere along the route.
see you lovelies at cornwall
at the beginning though
I am doing the Five 2 Go Trail Marathon with our lovely Hippo. Got to say that or she will shout at me on marathon day.
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