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Iron Dan's picture
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How to fit a marathon into triathlon training/racing?

I am trying to plan my schedule for next year and have a question for experienced marathoners out there. I have signed up for my first marathon that will take place the first week of October in 2008. So far I am also going to be doing a HIM in the beginning of June and would like to do more in the later summer months, however, I don't want to do it at the expense of preparing for a marathon.

My question is, I really would like to do well in my marathon and was wondering how long do I need to start preparing for my first marathon when I will already be in HIM shape. I basically want to extend my triathlon season (primarily HIM and Olympic) as long as possible before I have to start to dedicate myself to a marathon running plan. Any advice on how far in advance I should taper my swim and bike training in order to train primarily for running a marathon.

Thanks in advance.

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Given that you will likely not run longer than 13.1 miles on you long runs during HIM training and your tri season - how long will you have to ramp your runs up once your tri season ends. My marathon training long runs end at 2h45-3hrs or 20mi whichever comes first. I think you probably would want to dedicate at least 6-8 weeks after your seasons to specifically ramp up your training for the Mary (esp if you are trying to compete - not just complete) and then a 2-3 wk taper.

It really depends on your level of fitness.

gfd
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Last year my A race was a HIM in Sept. I also wanted to run the NYC marathon in top shape. I followed the HIM plan on Trifuel primarily but I added the long run sequence of my normal marathon program. I got in 2 20 mile long runs before the HIM. After the HIM I took it easy for a week and then followed the marathon plan from that specific week in the schedule. The fitness level from the HIM made the transition easier than I thought.

I also think that you can keep swimming and biking up to the taper. I had success in a spring marathon running 5 days a week and adding some long trainer rides (2 hours) and still swimming 3 to 4 miles per week.

If you can complete a HIM you can definitely complete a marathon. How you choose to approach it will be based on what your goal for the marathon is.

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[QUOTE=gfd;85997]Last year my A race was a HIM in Sept. I also wanted to run the NYC marathon in top shape. I followed the HIM plan on Trifuel primarily but I added the long run sequence of my normal marathon program. I got in 2 20 mile long runs before the HIM. After the HIM I took it easy for a week and then followed the marathon plan from that specific week in the schedule. The fitness level from the HIM made the transition easier than I thought.

I also think that you can keep swimming and biking up to the taper. I had success in a spring marathon running 5 days a week and adding some long trainer rides (2 hours) and still swimming 3 to 4 miles per week.

If you can complete a HIM you can definitely complete a marathon. How you choose to approach it will be based on what your goal for the marathon is.[/QUOTE]

That is what I would do personally. That way you will be good to go for both. I dont have experience though with the HIM. I typically do a marathon before and then a few months after an IM and follow the mileage plan for the marathon inseason. My longest runs are 22(more mental than anything), but then I complete, not compete :)

You doing Portland? I may do that one next year

Iron Dan's picture
Joined: May 16 2007
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[QUOTE=brittda;85999]

You doing Portland? I may do that one next year[/QUOTE]

Yep, that's the one.

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