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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

There's an inaugural women's half marathon on May 31st that was sold out. It's modelled like the Nike Women's Marathon, with chocolate stops and massages (but no firefighters with Tiffany necklaces unfortunately) Because it was sold out, I signed up for the full marathon instead, which is a week earlier. But now I got an email saying spots have opened up in the half.

I know that it would be suicide to run a full marathon on May 24th and then a half on May 31st.

A friend just suggested that I run the half at an easy pace (run/walk) because I really do want to be part of the experience.

Crazy? or doable?

Here's one more thing - my husband and I are planning on TTC after the marathon, so I *could* go out with a bang and I'd have the next year or so off from racing to recover.
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  • no profile photo CD1227420
    hi there! i stumbled across your page... just wanted to say it IS totally possible!! i have a friend who is doing the Goofy Race & A Half Challenge at Disneyworld in January... a half marathon on Saturday, then a full marathon on sunday - yes, the same weekend! It's insane, but the point is, people do it!! ;-) You know your body best and know how much recovery you need... if you have the endurance and have trained properly so you won't injure yourself - go for it!!
    4541 days ago

    if your like Dean Karnazes, and you have super endurance, go for it!
    4555 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2008 11:33:34 PM
    i agree that it might not be possible to do both for most... ru part of that other few who seem to be able to run and run???
    if not, pick one a nd train well for it!
    remember what YOUY goal is.
    4557 days ago
  • MARKA78
    I'm going to agree with all the other comments so far. There are people out there that seem to be indestructible and can handle doing that sort of thing, but not most us! Now I say this without really knowing what your endurance level is. For me, not having completed a marathon before, there's no way I could do that. I think switching the full to a half and taking a bit off your pace is probably the best idea. But if you decide to go for it all, just be comfortable in advance with the fact that injury may follow...especially if you're not a really seasoned distance runner.
    4557 days ago
  • LOLIZ40
    JMHO but I think it would be too much to run a half a week after a full marathon. A full takes a lot out of you. The first week after mine I was sore in places I had never been sore in before. So I think it comes down to which one do you want to do more? Is the full marathon a goal or is the inaugural half more meaningful? Gail is right you can probably down grade the full to a half and then be able to run both races.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!
    4557 days ago
    I am with Gail, after my marathon I was cooked and 4 weeks is the minimum for recovery, to try and do both is not a good idea for me, pick which one means the most and go with it, and if you do decide to do both, good luck and take care. Gary
    4557 days ago
  • no profile photo CD696706
    You know what I think I would do...I would down grade the marathon to a 1/2 marathon. Most races allow you to do that....unless your heart is truly set on running a full marathon. I ran a marathon over a month ago and I still have not been able to convince myself to run 13.1 miles. I did make it to 12 miles last Sunday but that was 4 weeks after my marathon. If after these two races, if you still have the desire to run a full....run it in the fall, or use these two half marathons as training towards another up coming marathon. Still, this is just my thoughts, ultimately you have to do what you truly feel like doing. gail
    4557 days ago
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