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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:57 am    Post subject: Training for a double Reply with quote

Okay... I know lots of people on this board have done marathon doubles... so how about some helpful hints on how to prepare for the one I'm doing in June. I will have two other marathons before then (March & May) with a month after the second one to recouperate. I have no illusions of grandure, just want to finish both of them and not get injured so I can turn around and run in Montana in July with my friend (from NE & AZ marathons) who will be running state 50.

So far I've heard about doig a double long run on weekends and being sure to refuel between... any other gems or tips??

thanks...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never done double marathons, but I did do the Goofy thing, and I just trained like I was running a marathon, but I did do long runs back to back - so a 20 one day and then 10-12 the next or vice versa. My advice is to make sure you hydrate and fuel properly after the first one. I also had a quick massage after the half on the Saturday and that helped a lot.

I know that Barb M ran back to backs this past fall with Greenville and Atlanta. I can tell you that she looked great at mile 23 at Atlanta, s it can be done. Send her a PM.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What helped me the most is running 2 longs runs the same weekend. If it is a weekend you don't run long run to mediums. I did better then I expected the second time I tried to do it. I had a lot of help the second time....was close to home...family met me a long the course and MICHELE was a volunteer on the course. What a lift that was to see her on the course!! The first time I tried I was better trained but got very sick the first marathon... All time slowest marathon and didn't do the second marathon. Stay healthy, and train back to back! It's fantastic but give yourself and extra day off.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too found incorporating two long runs in a weekend really helped. As for "race" strategy, some folks do well by going all out the first day, then seeing what they can do the second. I prefer to be conservative the first day and finish strong. Pack something to eat if you're not able to get to "real" food immediately after the first. It really is important to fuel and hydrate. I've only iced my legs once for a double. If you want to do it, go for it. I've found recovery compression socks to be more beneficial.
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