Yeah, I agree with you. I'm what you'd call a dumb runner lol. I don't make the best decisions but most of the time it works out for me. I definitely tell people not to do what I do when it comes to running.
I didn't push too hard when I ran Detroit two weeks ago. During training I whined and complained pretty much the whole time (training was brutal this time around), so I said I was DONE with marathons. Then I ran the race and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, up until the last 6-7 miles when there were some strong headwinds.
So I wanted to give it one more try, and I'm glad i did. I ran the marathon today. The race was great and I set a new PR, and now I have decided that I'm not done with marathons. No more this year though :)
There are lots of factors to consider. How hard did you push in the recent marathon? Do you feel recovered? What are your goals for the upcoming marathon? Just finish? Or would you have a goal time?
I'm a pretty cautious runner, so I wouldn't do it. I fear injuries far too much. Two full marathons in a short amount of time is WAY different than back to back half marathons. Going beyond 20 miles is hard on the body. If it were me, I'd rest and then go hard at the half and get another PR there!
Well, I think that anyone who runs for fun has lost their mind. (Yes, myself included.)
I've been doing 5Ks all season and signed up for my first 10K this Thanksgiving. I still look at a half marathon as too crazy for me, and a full marathon would, of course, be double the craziness.
But I think you'll be all right--a couple weeks, as long as you've still been doing some running, you might find that a marathon really isn't as bad as you thought. I know that when I RAN my first 5K (after a couple years of walking and walking/jogging, and when I say "I ran my first" what I mean is that I was jogging without taking any walking breaks) that 5K was the absolute hardest I've ever done. But I have run others, now, and last weekend even ran another 5K on the same course as that one, and it isn't so bad, anymore, to run a 5K, because I've gotten past that point in my head that questions whether or not I can really run one without taking walking breaks.
So I guess, in my mind, it would make sense if your second marathon ended up seeming a little easier than your first was.
Ok, not really a double. That would be what I am doing this weekend: a half in Boulder City NV Saturday and a half in Los Angleles CA Sunday. (Or a daily double which I do on Memorial Day - A 5k at 7:00 and a 10k at 8:00).
But to answer your question:
Nah, you have not lost your mind.
"You know you're a runner if you swear off ever doing a marathon again right after the race then start searching for your next one as soon as the soreness goes away."
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
I don't think you are crazy at all. I did one half-marathon so far and it was tough on my knees. After that I have stuck to fun 10km races - like Zoo Runs.
Now after doing a two years of just 5 and 10km races I feel like I want to do another half marathon. Perhaps try doing a few short fun races and then you will feel up to doing more larger half or full marathons later. And bonus - you can work on speed. I finished my last 10km race in 40 mins! I was super excited about that!
I don't think it is that bad but it depends on your base and training and what you are used to. Some people run a marathon a week after the first if for example they were going for a Pr and didn't make it, since thy are still peaking. Ultra runners can run the equivalent to of a marathon in consecutive weeks to train.
If your body is not accustomed to higher mileage /volume and you try to run each at maximum speed, you could have a higher injury or overtraining risk.
This is normally the time I get bit by the racing bug so I start signing up for races like crazy, but this time around I'm going big. I just signed up for the Monumental Marathon on Nov 2 which is next Saturday. I can't believe I'm doing this as I swore off marathons after running my last one...
...my last marathon was just this past Sunday in Detroit. It was tough but I guess I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Is this crazy, or stupid? You can be honest, you won't hurt my feelings. I know there are marathon maniacs and if there are any here, I would love to hear your experience the first time you ran a couple (or few) marathons in a short amount of time.
Btw, this is going to be marathon #3. I ran my first full in 2011 and ran a HM a week after that, and set a HM PR. I haven't been able to break that since. I'm also planning to run another half with a friend a week after the Monumental.
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