I have a question on training for two marathons which are 7 weeks apart in Autumn next year.
I completed my first marathon (Dublin) this year in 3:54 and loved it (apart from the last 5 miles, during which I swore I'd never do it again!). I used Hal Higdon's Novice 2 training plan, which was great although I did feel maybe 18 weeks it was a bit long - the first 4 or 5 weeks were pretty much what I would I would have been doing anyway.
So I really want to do it again in 2013, but I also really want to do the Dingle marathon 7 weeks beforehand, which is a lot tougher (I think it's pretty hilly!).
My question for all you experienced runners is do you think I'm taking on too much, being a novice marathonner? I did recover really quickly from Dublin this year and felt really fit and strong afterwards. Plus I'm now doing lots of intervals and strength training to try and get strong for next year.
Also, what would be the best way to approach the training for the 7 weeks between the two marathons? Any advice would be really appreciated!
Brilliant! Dublin was fab wasn't it, I was so pleased it was my first marathon experience, the crowd were great. I love that you describe it as as an "easy run"!!!!
Thanks so much for the training advice, it's really helpful to hear from someone who has done two fairl close together. I'm confident that I can do it now I have a bit of experience and know what I'm in for!
As Dublin was your first and you now seem to have the bug it's well worth doing some reading I can recommend Advanced Marathon Running By Peter Piftzinger and Scott Douglas and The Art of running Faster by Julian Goater both have marathon plans and plans between marathons. A lot of people who run Sub 3 hrs use the P&D plans, I ran 2:58 and am aiming for 2:50 at London and don't let age get in the way I'm 51.
Dingle's great - I ran the marathon 2011 and an returning this year for the Ultra.
It is moderately hilly, a killer one about mile 23, but all in all well worth the run. It would great preparation for Dublin and a confidence booster - I did the same double in 2011 and ran a PB in Dublin.
Brilliant! i'm so happy to hear Dingle is a good one, a bit nervous about the hills to be honest! I'm hoping to do the same, planning to take it easy in Dingle and then get my sub- 3:30 for Dublin.
most impressed you're doing the ultra! I am half thinking about maybe doing an ultra but at the moment it feels a bit daunting!
Might see you in Dngle then!
Make sure you pre-book accommodation in Dingle. When I ran there 2011 the 'no vacancy' signs were up and accommodation was at a premium.
Keep up the training and the hills will be fine - try beetroot juice in your diet, works for me
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