do you think there is enough recovery time (and subsequent training time) for a half iron and then my first ever full marathon 2 months later?
Everyone seems to be escalating their schedules of late...adding in late endurance events...2 months should be plenty of time in my opinion.
Most marathon training programs I've seen have you running around 15 miles by about 2 months prior to the event. If you are training to complete 13.1 after the other two legs of a 1/2 iron, you should be at the point where running 15 or so shouldn't be an issue. I think the timing would fit the marathon into a natural schedule progression.
However, based on some of your previous posts, I think this is your first 1/2 iron as well...if that is correct, then there will be a recovery period needed after the completion of that event which may lead to a lag in the marathon preparation. You will have to take that into account and don't push yourself too hard just for the sake of the marathon in the week or so following the 1/2. You don't want to overtrain and risk injury or burnout. GL
my main concern is overtraining b/c that would be typical for me...but I was thinking that 2 mos. in b/t should give me a couple weeks to recover from the 1/2 iron, and just pick up where I left off from the run training...but should that be enough time to avoid injury?
If I did the math properly, I could recover, then add 2-3 mi. weekly to my long runs and still make it to about 20-22 mi before I would need to taper for the marathon. Of course, since it is my 1st, I am trying not to focus too much on the time issue, and just do it to do it (for both the 1/2 iron and the marathon)
If it is a first for both, it is a tough call. Some people recover well, and would be fine. Others take much longer and wouldn't really be able to do it. When it is new it is hard to know exactly how to listen to your body and when your goals are talking louder than your fitness -- so you'd have to be really careful with it to avoid injuries, etc.
I understand having the two goals, but maybe put one off for early next season? Or just accept that your first marathon might be much slower than you had hoped.
If you are traing consistantly 2 months should be okay depending on how you recover.
If you don't take the marathon a little easier and use it as a long catered training run.
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