Running Bees! Training for a Marathon in 3 months?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
4757 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

How many miles/week have you been running for the past 3 months? What are your half marathon times? It really depends on your base and how miserable you’re willing to feel during/after the marathon.

Post # 4
7929 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Personally, I’d probably stick to the marathon, but I would abandon any plans to run the entire thing. Just develop a safe run/walk interval plan. I would not up your intensity more than 10% a week no matter what. If you get injured, you won’t be running anything at all.

Post # 5
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@thefuturemrshartley: The shortest amount of time I trained specifically for a marathon was 4 months. At the time I started the plan, I was already running 30 miles per week and was able to do a long run of 8 miles. 

I think the biggest thing is mapping out your long runs. What’s your longest run now? There are a variety of different marathon plans you can use to get ideas for your long runs. I recently used the Hansons method, which recommends a max long run of 18. Depending on which plan you select, you’ll be able to figure out if you have the time to build up.

Truthfully, I’m not sure I would risk it if I was you. Marathons are a huge jump from half marathons, and I worry if you have pain (although you made it sound like it’s sporadic). 

Post # 6
36 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

@FutureMrsHarris2014:  completely agree with you! the shortest amount of time ive ever trained for a marathon is 4 months and that was a strict 4 months of practically no booze, no take aways and training 5 nights a week (a mixture of long runs, fartleks, race pace runs and steady) i also run and train with a club. im currently training for my next marathon which is in april (i started in november so actually gave myself 5 months and run at least 30-40 miles a week)

i think the main thing to ask is what is the most you have run recently? at the moment with this amount of time to go you should already be running in honesty a long run of 13 miles and aim to add on a mile a week for your long runs. (which is what myself and my team do) im not saying this is for everyone.

honestly i dont think with your back and knees i would risk the level of training that is required in such a short space of time. i think maybe the half would be more managable.

trying to fit all this in now wont give your body time to get used to the idea that he has to keep going for 4 hours +

Post # 7
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@thefuturemrshartley:  Fellow Sea Wheezer here!! Just wanted to stop in and say HI! I’ve done it twice. 🙂 Can’t go this year since we spend too much money going up to Vancouver from Texas each time. But what an awesome race!! Good luck with your marathon training. I’m staying at the half distance. 

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