Planning to run two marathons this year about 4 weeks apart and wondered whether anyone has previous experience of doing this that they could share. I am wondering about what do I do in the way of training / keeping going during the four weeks. I feel that I would need to recover from the first but not drop my training too much before the second. Any experiences gratefully recieved!!
I ran Abingdon and Florence last Autumn 5 weeks apart and raced both. PB at Abo 3:15 and 3:18 at Florence , thought I was going to beat 3:15 at Florence but struggled in last 3, whether that was down to 2 maras in 5 weeks or too much sightseeing in days before.
Training between the 2, I took a few days off after Abo then finished the week with a couple of short ones then 8 miles on the Sunday. . Then a week of easy running finishing with 13 on the Sunday( 33 total miles), Then a week of 6.5 miles a day( to and from work) finishing with an 18 on the Sunday( total miles 47). Then a week of short runs and raced a 10k on the Sunday. Then nothing apart from a recovery run the week before Florence.
This is all really really helpful. Cougie, in answer to your questions I have run two manathons previously, my times were 4:33 and then 3:43. I wasn't planning to race both. I have previously done Liverpool in 3:43 and the second marathon of the two would be Liverpool so if I were to be racing one then this would be the one as I will want to better my time.
I can see lots of sense in your idea Also-Ran of using the first marathon as a part of the training programe and could have this as the peak before starting to taper. I don't think I am fit enough or disciplined enough to race both.I'll have a look at the race plan but don't tend to do the mileage I ought to during training due to work and family committments so will never hit the times or speeds that I possibly could.
Thanks for the above. Food for thought!
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