Earlier this week, the New York Times posted an article talking about Meb Keflezighi and the fact that he is one of the few elites who is running a fall marathon (NYC) as well as the Olympic trials in January. The article talked about how for the elites, it’s pretty tough to peak for both events. Ryan Hall, Shalane Flanigan, Kara Goucher–they’re all either sitting out a fall marathon, or running an earlier one (Chicago for Hall).
Which of course got me to thinking about ordinary age groupers and whether or not we can or can’t do well at two marathons so close together. My conclusion? Totally individual thing.
For me, two in two months would probably be suicide. I’d be hurt or at the very least, not perform well at one (I’m guessing the second). I pour so much into marathon training, both physically and mentally, that once I’ve crossed the finish line, I need a break. Speedwork in the coming month? Runs longer than 14 in that month? Not happening for me.
But. There are plenty of examples of people out there who are managing multiple marathons a season and managing them well. Erin of SeeMomRunFar comes to mind right away. She did two marathons earlier this fall, I believe about two weeks apart, and PRd them both. She has number three coming up in NYC, and if her recent tweet on her Yasso pace is on, she’s got PR number three coming soon.
I’m jealous of a body and mind that can hold up to that kind of training and racing. However, the key is to know your limits and stick to them.
Do you race back-to-back marathons?