When I started my running journey, I only had my husband as someone of experience to turn to. He has been running for many years and has more of the mindset of “just do it”. He doesn’t follow running trends, movements, or theories. He thinks Vibrams Five Fingers are ridiculous and just goes out and runs in decent running shoes. He ran high school track & field. He ran many satellite half marathons while deployed in Iraq. His last 5k time clocked in at 24 minutes as a 45 year old – I don’t think anyone would say he doesn’t know what he’s doing. I, however, prefer the analytical approach and need guidance. I discovered early on during “IT Band drama” that I needed to learn more. I read many books from Hal Higdon to Dean Karnazes to Chi Running . I began following many experienced runners via blogs or in real life. I like to think of myself now as having somehow crossed over into the “experienced” category as well. I have conquered many runner problems and I like to say I am now in the fine-tuning phase. And, I still need to tackle a Full Marathon.
(Air Force Half Marathon 2012)
Is it a good idea to run two full marathons in one year?
I’m having a bit of a dilemma trying to decide how to approach next year’s training. I’m committed to running the Marine Corps Marathon 2013 in Washington D.C. next October. Friends have been promised I will run it with them and I am excited for this one! My dilemma arises in whether or not I should still try running the Carmel Marathon in April 2013. I was originally going to run that one as my “first” and I still think it is a good race to run as a “first” because it is a flat course and just around the corner from me.
My two options for next year are to 1) run several halfs in the Spring leading up to the Marine Corps Marathon in the Fall or 2) train for the Carmel Marathon in April giving me marathon experience for the harder Marine Corps Marathon.
To help give me some Full Marathon inspiration, I received a surprise gift from a runner friend of mine last week in the mail! She is also a mother runner and ran the Air Force Full Marathon while I ran the Half Marathon. We’re going to try tackling the Marine Corps Marathon 2013 together.
How much is too much for a non-experienced Full Marathoner
Are two full marathons (spread out) in one year too much for someone who hasn’t tackled a full yet? I’m a runner with a very solid base for half marathoning, but what is “too much” to take on regarding full marathons? Both options have pros and cons. I’m still not sure which way to go. I know there are many runners who tackle several full marathons a year; however there are many very great runners who don’t advise to do it.