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improving time after marathon

PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:56 pm
by susand828
I ran my first full marathon last weekend. I definitely want to run more but would also like to run them faster:) Would you recommend doing a few halfs in the Spring(6 months out) and then shooting for another full next fall(1 yr out)-OR shooting for another full in the Spring(6 months out)? What I'm curious about is this: as far as speed goes, is there an advantage to one way or the other? I am normal body weight and have had no injuries. I was OCD about training and made sure that I did it correctly and didn't overtrain. Thanks.

Re: improving time after marathon

PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:32 pm
by Mr. Cleetus
It's hard to say too much w/o know what your background is and not knowing what your training was for the marathon.

I would suspect you could have good results focusing on the 1/2s first and trying to develop some speed for them, and then stepping up to the next marathon. It really depends on what training you do and what is limiting your speed. Running another full, you may be too tempted to just get the long stuff in without learning how to run faster.

Re: improving time after marathon

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:25 am
by susand828
Thanks-that was my gut feeling too. I run 40ish a week(depending on how long my long run is) with one tempo, one long, and alternating hills with speedwork every other week-the rest would probably be considered easy runs. I have been running for 9 years but have had a few epidsodes of hiatus last year due to health issues-and am just getting frustrated that I'm not where I used to be:( I will get there-slowly but surely-I'm just impatient.

Re: improving time after marathon

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:00 am
by Konstantin
Well done on your first marathon - feels good, eh?

IMHO the concepts about running are:
Can you complete the distance comfortably?
Can you run fast?

Focus on those. If a marathon is your next target (as it is with me) plenty of long runs, maybe 1 per week, and some speed work. My speedwork is a real mixture - hill sprints, mile intervals, 100 m intervals, more inbetween. If you're doing speedwork and making sure the endurance and mental apsect is covered by long runs, you should be OK, and from what I read so far, you're doing OK and should just get faster.

Re: improving time after marathon

PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:29 pm
by susand828
Thank you. It feels great-still seems weird when I say something about "the marathon that I ran"(and I mention it as often as possible:) Thanks for the advice. I will definitely follow it.