In May, I will run my 6th marathon, however it will be a first in many ways. My first spring marathon. My first Bayshore experience. My first back-to-back marathon training cycle.
Technically I’ve done a form of this. In 2013, I ran the Grand Rapids Marathon in October, followed quickly by the Dopey Challenge in January. While I definitely trained hard for both of these events, I really do think adrenaline was a key player, especially with only 8 weeks between the events.
This time, I had almost 20 weeks between the marathons, meaning another full training cycle. That’s right, I went from a 16-week marathon training cycle to another 16-week marathon training cycle. Whew.
Truthfully, I knew it was going to be tough. I dealt with burnout before the Dopey Challenge, however there wasn’t much time to recoup. I was forced to move quickly from one cycle to the other. Thankfully, this go-around, I have the option of adjusting as needed.
The good news is that I have a fantastic base. With that in mind, I took a full two weeks off of running after the Walt Disney World Marathon. It was glorious. Then it was back into the swing of things, with 4-5 mile weekday runs, followed by a long run on the weekend. And, oddly enough, the long runs seemed to come easier.
However, I know the hard part is still coming. Knowing I had a nice base, I chose a more aggressive training plan for this cycle. Soon the weekday runs will be in the 8 mile range. I also have a couple of 20-mile long runs. And this is all in the midst of a very busy spring work schedule.
My plan is going to be similar to last training cycle – fit in training with my work schedule as best I can. I have already entered my runs into my calendar. I’m planning another round of the same strength training routine, along with added hip and ab strengthening exercises. And the days I don’t run will include time on the bike.
But even better, I have some friends who are also running the Bayshore Marathon – which means long run buddies! We are excited to see what May 28th brings, including some gorgeous weather and maybe even some new PRs!