OK, all you veteran marathon runners I need some advice.
I am doing my second marathon in Chicago in October. It’s just a mere 19 weeks away. I am putting together an 18 week training plan.
I have looked at a few different plans including: Hal Higdon Novice 2, Cool Running: Beginner Marathon Program, and Jeff Galloway.
I did the run/walk technique for Disney and that worked well for me so I plan to use that again for this marathon (so I’ll be doing a modified Galloway program as he recommends 6 months I think).
But here’s my question – 2 of those 3 plans have you run a 26 mile training race 3 weeks prior to the marathon (so that’s 26 miles, 12 miles, 12 miles, Race Day). I know some people don’t recommend going beyond 20 miles in marathon training, but I need it for the mental aspect. I was planning to do at least 24.
I looked back at my Disney marathon training and I did 23 miles two weeks prior to Disney (so that was 23 miles, 10 miles, race day).
So here is my question – if I am planning to do 24-26 miles – should I just plan another marathon as a training run? If I’m going to put the mileage in anyway, it seems logical to just do a race where I have everything set up for me. Remember for me, a 24 mile training run is going to take 5+ hours….this is very, very awful to do alone – trust me. And at my pace, there’s no one for me to run with.
I would take the marathon as a serious, training only run, meaning I would take it at a training pace and would probably honestly only run/walk 23-24 miles and then walk out the final miles as recovery.
What do you think? I only have ONE marathon under my belt. Would it be possible to do 2 marathons so close together?
I’ve found a great race in Indiana that is flat and timed perfectly. So what do you think???