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4/19/13 10:45 A

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In my experience the amount of time off you need depends on your running base, the difficulty of the course you are running and how hard you run the race. on average I'm about a 45 to 50 mile per week runner though I put in a number of 60 to 75 mile weeks during a year. If I run a typical road marathon and I don't run it full out, maybe 30 seconds per mile slower than my racing pace, I can do a Saturday/Sunday marathon double and be back with some easy running in two to three days. If I'm really trying to race a marathon then I'll usually end up taking off four to five days.

The Galloway method, run-walk combination, works very well. I've used it for marathon times in the 3:45 range but if I'm trying to go faster than that I run continuously. However, Galloway says that you can use his method even if you are running sub-3 marathons. The different paces simply use different run/walk cycles. If you are on a hilly or rolling course using hte Galloway method it's also a good idea to use a strategy from the world of untrarunning and focus on running the downhills and flats and taking your walk breaks on the uphill sections. Don't get too hung up on your run/walk time interval.

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7/26/12 11:03 A

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Back to the other question:

I usually don't really take much time (if any) off between races. I've run 2 marathons in 2 days on Saturday or Sunday, rested for a couple of days, and been back to training runs by Wednesday or so.
The body probably needs more rest than that, but I usually have a full schedule.... so I usually go right back to it..

Becki

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7/26/12 10:43 A

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I know there are several people on here who use the run/walk intervals method for running marathonas and halfs... I don't. I do walk occasionally when I need to, usually some after mile 16 in a full.. but not at regular intervals

Becki

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7/24/12 7:41 A

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ok here is another question I keep hearing how doing rest breaks during races helps with your times Does anyone do the 10/1 method or any kind of break method?

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7/23/12 10:51 P

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I am NO expert; so this is only my 2 cents. Hopefully Becki or someone more experienced can give better input. But for me a full week off is too much when I'm racing (or running in races) that close together. I only take a day or two off post-race and still do a few shorter, easy "recovery type" runs the week following a race if I have more coming up soon. I'm hoping to do a half each weekend in September, so this truly will be my test.

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7/22/12 4:58 P

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great section how much time do u take off between races my next 2 races are 3 weeks apart im going to take a week off what do u guys think?

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12/7/11 1:47 P

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If you are preparing for your first full marathon, first double (like me, Wendy and Lori) or just training for several races close together, like MOST of us Maniacs and Fanatics... this is the place for questions.

Let's help each other figure it out!

Becki

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