I'm a relative beginner to long distance running and I'm getting pretty excited about competing in my first London Marathon this year.
One reason to enter was to lose some weight as well as it being a fantastic personal challenge.
I have lost a stone and a half through my training, but I'm already casting my mind forward about what to do after the race and I've come up with a couple of questions that some more experienced runners may be able to assist with.
How soon after the Sunday should I run again?
What sort or running routine/training should I follow now in order to continue weight loss as part of a healthy diet, but without the target of a specific race?
How many times a week should I be looking to run?
Hoping someone can help.
1. a day or two after to do a recovery run of 3/4 miles.
2. depends on how much you want to lose and time you have.
3. why not enter other races ie 10K's, HM's and set some PB's you'll have the endurance to do so.
Beer is the answer to the question.......
Then wot Stylish said!
And who said we are scary? Cake, stop upsetting the poor chap, we should be embracing people newish to the forum not scaring them with tales of marauding Pirates.
Not quite sure what I've entered into here!!!
Great advice from all although I'm a wee bit confused about the Pirate reference.
Happened to have bumped into an army mate who is trying to get me into a triathlon in September so may just take up that challenge.
Rule of thumb is take one day off for every 10km you race. So that's four days with no running after you've done your marathon. Enjoy eating, sleeping, rehydrating and perhaps a beer or two
As for the Ironman - go for it, arrrrrrrrrrr!
Two days after FLM I decided to get my rusty old bike out from the shed where it had hidden for 3 years..........I thought cycling a few miles would give me a change from all the running..........it helped the legs recover...........I would recommend it..................but a warning........within 3 weeks I was doing a sprint tri..........5 weeks later I did a half Ironman and now I'm in training for the full Ironman in 10 weeks time
maybe just sitting down with a beer for a couple of weeks would be better........ but a new challenge is always good.
I've been saving a few links for just this question but never got round to using them:
Post Marathon - Zero Week
Hal Higdon's multiple marathons
Bounce Back post-marathon
have just run highlander mountain marathon 4 weeks after rome marathon (with a few 10k's in between for light relief)
+ hopefully plan squeeze in 1 or two long events before the summers out
once you start you just can't stop!
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