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RE: Just ran Berlin, 10 minutes slower than PR. Please help with a post-mortem

dunes runner wrote:

2 marathons/year wrote:

I think that, for most people, 3 months are not enough to recover physically and mentally, and then peaking again for the next marathon, especially after breaking 3 hours. PRing twice in a row in such a short time frame is not easy.

That's total nonsense. An all out marathon every 3 or 4 weeks would be good.

I dunno, I completely disagree. I think you *can* run a marathon every 3 or 4 weeks but you won't PR or make big improvements.

What did your recovery look like after your marathon? I'm not a big fan of super long build-ups like 18-24 weeks. I prefer 12-16 weeks or so. After a marathon I like to take 1-2 weeks off or with running every other day in the 2nd week. After that I'll run easy to close out a month, spend the next month getting back to regular running and workouts and by 3 months back in the full swing of training/workouts. At that point you're looking at 12-16 weeks until another attempt at the marathon. 12 weeks, hoping to improve, feels a bit rushed if you never fully recovered.

Maybe jet lag or fueling are the culprits. The best marathons I've run are when I've eaten and drank the most on course and know that I'm not jetlagged. I say rest up and circle something in the spring or even next fall. You could take a build up to get your half PR down in the spring and then really attack a fall marathon. Just my $.02. ((that said I'm not always the best listener -- I had a sub-par NYC Marathon & then went and ran CIM 4 weeks later and ended up PR-ing. I did take plenty of down time after that and did almost no workouts in between))

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