Oh thanks, that's put my mind at rest! I do find I go faster after a bit of a break so there is that... Worried about all the food and the lure of alcohol on holiday though!
Honestly it's not easy being a runner is it? Instead of looking forward to my holiday, I am obsessively checking the satellite maps of the area we're going to for running routes, and worrying about drinking the cocktails!!
Hi, Just wondering whether anyone is able to give me any advice on this... I am doing a half in May, and have a 2 week holiday booked right in the middle of my "official" 12 weeks of training. I'm not following a specific plan so far but average 35-40 miles a week, between 10 and 15 miles for the weekly long run and a couple of interval sessions mid-week. I really want to do the half in 1:40, and recently pushed it a bit to see what I was capable of and did ten miles at a pace of 7.48 per mile (usually average about 8.15 at an easyish pace). So I have 2 questions really - firstly, what is the minimum I would need to do over my 2 week holiday to maintain my current fitness/ pace (given this is a family holiday and the guilt factor of disappearing off running will be huge!). Secondly, I get back with exactly 5 weeks to get in race shape - any recommendations about intensive, short training plans? Can I do this race in 1:40 or am I being overly ambitious?? IR
Wow, fantastic times. I was kind of thinking I'd aim for sub 3:40 for my second marathon, I think being realistic I won't do much better than that at this stage! Sub 3 hours feels completely out of my league but you never know... One day!
Thanks so much for all the recommendations, I will get reading! I hadn't realised Hal's site did plans for multiple marathons, so will have a look.
I also just ordered the Hansons Marathon Method, any thoughts on that? I love the sciencey stuff but not of sure about 16 miles for the longest run... I like the gruelling 20-milers!!
Reading up on plyometrics this evening, and have been doing strength and speed work on the treadmill and trail runs due to the icy conditions outside... There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to do all the stuff I want to try!
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!
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!