Post # 1
WHAT UP RUNNERBEES!
So, I’m a pretty avid runner….I’ve run since I was 13 on and off, I’m 27 now and have been running quite consistently since 2012. I’ve completed two half-marathons last year (Nike Women’s Half DC and the Lululemon Sea Wheeze and I recommend both!).
Now that you know my background, here’s my question.
Have any of you trained for a marathon in 3 months? Here’s why I’m asking: Back in September my close friend and running buddy Dan convinced me to run the Flying Pig Marathon. I was on the fence for a while but decided, what the hell. I’ll try it.
So I started a beginner running plan in December that didn’t really line up well to my current level of fitness (I can run 10K comfortably right now), and I also felt crappy in January because I started a new job and was squeezing in quick runs every few days. It got difficult.
I’m back in the game now, and I’m debating between upping my training considerably so I can complete 26.2 on May 4, OR dropping down to the half-marathon (which I’d be ok with).I also have some knee and back issues that I am aware of, I embrace them and don’t push myself too hard if it’s sharp pain, which rarely happens.
So if anyone’s trained for a marathon in a short amount of time, how did you do it?
Post # 3
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
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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
@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
@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
@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.