I've done it a few times Tim due to work commitments, I don't find it that difficult TBH. If you are worried maybe do the second one towardss the slower end of your pace? Doing the first on a Saturday and second on a Sunday would also give you an extra day in between the runs.
Your 20 miler ideally should be a long slow run. You can get by by doing back to back runs. Say 10 miles one day and same again next day. or 7 one day and 13 next day or vice versa.
If you think you will be too tired to run the following day that is all in the head as you know that you will have had a nights sleep and some energy food in between your efforts. In any case it helps with mental toughness to run while slightly fatigued or even a touch of DOMS.
Remember most marathons you do will not be non-stop as you will have drinks stations at every mile if required.
20 miles on consecutive weeks CAN be done - but it depends on you. If youve had a heavy week anyway or arent used to 20 milers - then the second one may not go well.
If I'm running 20 I try to rest up the day before anyway.
I ran 18, 20, 22 build ups for my last marathon and on the fourth week took it easy with a 14 mile 'long' run. You don't have to do alternate long runs. (Typically I train with three build weeks to every 1 easy week.) Oh, and 12 weeks is loads of time and yes the heat does slow me down also - it's nothing to worry about.
I'm in the slightly dying in the heat brigade.
Further i've done is 12.5m I have 8 weeks to go.
Hoping to do 15m this Sunday.
Well, I think I can see where I've gone a bit wrong. I haven't done anything longer than a 10 since my last half marathon at the begining of July. Not sure exactly how that's happened and so much time has slipped by but I suspect it's contibuted. Nevermind. 13miles tonight, not in great style, was still too hot but battled through it. Will try another 10 on Friday night.
Thanks all for your encouragement. There are a couple of approaches there I will try.
Booktrunk, report back on Sunday. I think I'm working but I may try a 15 Sunday night if home in time.
20s in this heat is not a problem - slow down and drink plenty. Don't try to run at mara pace if it's hot... and weekend to weekend not a problem either if you are not running at race pace.
I did 18 on Saturday mid morning. As others have said just go slightly slower and carry water. I use a camel back.
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