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5/6/15 8:40 P

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There are many explanations of marathon recovery expectations available on the web. For example, here's Hal Higdon's:

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So you won't be doing serious (or any) long runs for the entire period before your HM - which means your prep for the HM will suck, being entirely dependent on your earlier marathon training, which is kinda bad because 1) long runs for marathons are slower than for HMs and 2) it occurred long before your HM.

I'll also mention that one's first marathon is sometimes filled with discovery and not necessarily in a good way. ("What's *that* pain?!") A marathon is *not* two HMs back to back.

In short, I wouldn't recommend signing up for a HM so soon after your first marathon. Since you like the HM, how about volunteering for a change? You'll get to contribute and see a new perspective on your fav race.

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5/6/15 7:33 P

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I am running my first full marathon in October, but still want to do a half marathon that I always run that would be 3 weeks after the full marathon. Having never done a full marathon, I am not sure if this is a really stupid idea or one that is possible given I dont know how I might feel after the race. I realize that everyone recovers differently, but some general feedback on how you felt after your first and if you think you could have done a half 3 weeks later would be helpful! Also, if anyone has experience to share doing semi-back to back races and how you recovered without losing your training would be great too!

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