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3/30/17 10:23 A

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Two years ago I ran a marathon and then ran a half 3 weeks later. My thread for this post is here: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_me
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I know it is not the exact situation you are describing as was not back to back marathons, but maybe some of what I did will help. For the two weeks after the marathon, I did a reverse taper in that I followed the last 2 weeks of the marathon plan I was doing which eased me back into the runs and gave me a longer run. Then the last week before the second race, I followed the last week of the marathon plan again which would be the end of the taper. Since you have an extra week than I did, I would reverse reverse taper for 3 weeks and take the last week before the race as your taper.

The good news is that you won't lose that much fitness between the races, especially if you are actively recovering. If you feel sore after the first race to run, try some light cross training like yoga instead. Get a good sports massage and make sure you foam roll and take care of yourself the first week after the race. Don't push yourself to get out in run in fear you won't be ready for the second race, as that is where you might become injured. As long as your goals for the second race are just to finish, and less on time, then you will be fine.

And you definitely have great luck! I will be running Chicago again this year myself, and I have always wanted to run New York so I am very jealous. Let us know how it goes!

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3/16/17 4:04 P

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Hard to answer without knowing a lot more. For instance: What's your normal taper schedule? How long does it usually take after your marathons before you feel comfortable running again? Same question but specifically for long runs?

Personally, I'd tentatively aim for long runs of 13, 13-15, and 10 and and resuming other runs after a full week rest.

PS: What were you thinking when you applied to both of those marathons?! With your luck, maybe it's a good time to buy some lottery tickets. :-)

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3/16/17 10:11 A

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I struck lottery gold twice gaining entry to both the Chicago and NYC Marathons. The conundrum being that they are 4 weeks apart.

So assuming that I am going to run both, my question is how to spend the four weeks in between to insure that I'm ready for race #2.

I've been running for 5 years and have completed 3 marathons (PR 5:27). I am a slow and steady tortoise who is not concerned so much about time as with finishing preferably uninjured.

I'd really appreciate hearing from folks who have been in a similar situation and can offer some sound advice.

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