Is it wise to run a marathon on your off season?

The same month last year, I ran my first marathon. My husband asked me a few months earlier if I wanted to do the Chicago marathon which he will book thru Marathon Tours for a sure slot. I just said okay… okay … My mind was actually somewhere in the middle of work or domestic duties and then I just realized I got a slot for a marathon! But how about the training? Is it wise to do a marathon during the off season?

Have you been dreaming of running a marathon?

Have you been dreaming of running a marathon?


If you were to do a 70.3 race either in July and August, it is best to try a marathon sometime in October! This is the perfect time when one has built the strength for running a 21k distance plus there are enough weeks left to recover from the 70.3. Then there’s a considerable time to build miles towards the 32k longest run three weeks before tapering to marathon day! However, as I am just an average runner, I see training for a marathon harder than training for a 70.3. I have never experienced pains and slight injuries when I train for a triathlon. Marathon training requires all the strength of ones body especially the core! FOCUS on form in running which often fails me is the most important!

Well what will one do after a 70.3 race?

On October 27, I will try my best to finish the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. My hamstring injury from Cobra has not fully recovered therefore I do not expect to beat my time last year. The course this time too is hilly, compared to Chicagos pancake flat run course.

Please cheer for me, better yet, please pray for me! Philippines I represent! 🙂

About pinayironmom

Pinay Ironmom is a typical mom who wakes up before 6 am to prepare my 3 children for school. After this, I make my husband coffee, similar to the Nescafe commercial on TV of a couple's typical morning. Work is normally a tour of Northern or Southern Luzon to inspect projects we are building, checking quality of designs or preparation of presentations to prospective clients. My schedule is flexible luckily, I can squeeze in hearty lunches with my favorite lunchmate and training early in the afternoon or right after business hours. Weekends are bike days on Saturdays at MOA or Daang Reyna and Sunday is my me time - my long run day. Oh warm ups and stretchings are trips to the grocery, cool down is hearing mass and giving thanks to God for a wonderful week. This is ME :)
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