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?
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! 🙂