Hal Higdon: 2nd-Time Marathon--7 weeks: This 2nd-Time program is designed for runners who want to run two marathons with seven weeks between them. I also have interactive programs already online for runners doing marathons with 2-8 weeks rest. Make sure you pick the correct program. Each day I will send you emails telling you what to run and also offering training advice. For more information, visit my website: halhigdon.com.
Love is lovelier, the second time around.
Just as wonderful, with both feet on the ground. Frank Sinatra sang those words a long time ago, but they prove true today when it comes to running multiple marathons. Marathons can be lovelier the second time around too.
With only seven weeks between marathons, it limits the amount of time you can devote to serious training: maybe three or four weeks in the middle. But that should be enough. Run 3 miles today at an easy pace. You define what easy is. In terms of nutrition, maintain the same high-carbohydrate diet between marathons 1 and 2 that you did before the first. It's also a good idea to schedule a massage 48 to 72 hours after the first marathon.
You ran 2 miles on Tuesday and 3 miles on Wednesday. Today, go 4 miles at a gentle pace. You may want to do as much walking as running in the workouts between marathons, at least these first few weeks while you are in recovery mode. Don't worry about pace until you feel you are fully recovered.
The 6-mile run suggested for today very definitely should not be fast. In fact, you might want to leave your watch at home when you head out the door to run. Despite your hard effort last weekend, you should be able to cover a half dozen miles today as long as you don't push the pace. In fact, most of my 5-week marathon recovery programs have a run of this distance scheduled the weekend after the big race.
Well, you are a long distance runner. And I assume you are not a newbie if you scheduled two marathons in this short a time. So it's not unreasonable to tell you to go for a long run today. But I don't want to prescribe miles; I would rather prescribe time. Run between 90 and 120 minutes today. I don't care how many miles you run in that time. I just want you out for approximately that distance.
Now you can train--some. But not much. For the next three days, I recommend that you do 3 miles, then 6 miles, then 3miles. If you used one of my training programs to prepare for your first marathon, then you know the pattern. Today's 3-mile run should be done at a very relaxed pace. If you strength-trained on Tuesdays leading up to the marathon, you might want to pump some iron after you run. But don't overdo it.
Remember the sorta-long runs I had you do as you prepared for your just-completed marathon? Today is sorta-long run day. (And you will do the same next week.) But a half dozen miles is probably far enough to go today. That's a good distance. Today's workout may not help you improve your fitness, since that is not the intent of this 2nd-Time program. But it should and will help you maintain fitness.