In the fall of 2011, I ran a 30 miler, the NYC Marathon, and the Knickerbocker 60k within a 5 week window. I showed up to the start line of each race feeling rested, energized, and ready to run.
- 30 mile training run: (8:34 pace)
- NYC Marathon: 3:46:49 (8:40 pace) including a 15 min negative split and 8:01 pace for second half – won the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge
- Knickerbocker 60k: 5:41:28 (9:10 pace) – 8th place female
It seems like running back to back marathons in a short period of time (~2 weeks) is becoming more and more popular. Here are some of the things I did to ensure I was ready for each:
Let your body dictate when to run again. There is no golden window for when you should return to running post-marathon. There are so many outside variables that go into how long your body needs to recover – How hard did you run? Was the course hilly? How is your body reacting to the 26.2 miles?
I found that I needed almost no time to recover from the 30 miler. Why? It was a long, slow run – not a race. I ran a steady pace for the whole 30 miles (8:34) and didn’t push myself like I normally would in a race. I even felt okay enough to run a bit that afternoon during a photo/film shoot for the NYC Marathon (this is me a few hours after the 30 miler). I took two full days off from the 30 miler and returned with a easy, slow 5 miler (8:45 pace).