I just ran the Marine Corp Marathon on Sunday. I was thinking about running Richmond on Nov. 13. Can anyone give me any advice? Is this a bad idea? What is the best way to recover and prepare for the Richmond race if I do decide for insanity??
Doug - Congrats! My simple suggestion, listen to your body. A lot depends on your training / fitness level combined with your individual recovery period.
I did MCM yesterday and I'm doing a 50k in Maryland on 11/13. My plan is to run 12-15 miles this week, 7-10 on the weekend, then 10-12 next week. I like to get out the next day after a marathon for a short run - today, my legs were tight, but nothing to make me change plans.
...and the best news, complete Richmond and you are eligible to join Marathon Maniacs :-)
Yes you can do this!!! But as John says, listen to your body and take it easy and run accordingly. We can do so much more than what mainstream says. My road marathon PR was 7 days after a 50 miler. Last year I ran three marathons and a 50 miler all in a 6 week time frame. No PR, but the marathons were all run with in my normal time expectations.
Just keep in mind, if on richmond marathon day your legs feel a tad tired, just slow down and enjoy the day. There is plenty of pizza at the end for everyone!
You can definitely do it. I did Marine Corps and Richmond last year. As the other posts state, listen to your body and make sure you allow yourself time to recover in between. In the days after finishing MCM I hadn't planned on doing Richmond but after taking it easy for about a week felt much better. By the time the Richmond Marathon rolled around I felt great and ran a PR.
My recommendation would be to take easy in between the races, no need to load up on miles as you've already built up the level of fitness you need. I did yoga and easy-paced runs in between and it worked great for me. Having just completed MCM, I had no goals for Richmond other than to relax and enjoy the race.
I'm pondering the same question, Doug, and I thought I'd throw another option into the mix: how 'bout the Richmond Half-Marathon? For $10 you can switch over to the half when you go to Packet Pick-up. As much as I'd love to do both, I'm not sure my training has supported that kind of effort. (I've been running 35-40 miles/week for the past few months.) This might be a good chance to run a strong half if, like me, you've only ever done those races as training runs for a marathon.
Of course, after my scheduled massage this afternoon I may start to feel different and do something crazy. Good luck!!
It can be done. Don't look for a PR at Richmond and people will tell you it's insane (probably true) but do it anyway. Two years ago I ran Outer Banks and then Richmond the following week...6 days apart...felt great at Richmond till mile 15 and parts started falling off. Like Run Happy said...that's when you backpedal and just enjoy the rest of the run..still ranks high as one of my favorite accompishments.
I met some guy at Medoc Marathon who ran one each weekend..no other running...just a marathon each weekend...now that's nuts.
Good luck, Doug and congratulations. I ran NYC and Richmond in 13 days two (?) years ago. The last year it was sooo very HOT in Richmond. I did a several short runs, lots of swimming, eating and sleeping. I didn't buy new shoes and I was fine. You will be, too--even if it's hot Saturday.