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I just completed a half marathon after following a 14-week training program, and took it easy this week. I’m now looking at a fall marathon (not my first), which is 19 weeks away. My question is whether it is better to start my marathon training schedule at week 1, which is less than I had been doing; or to maybe jump in at week 4 around the level I had been doing, and then redo some of the later weeks to fill in the schedule as I get closer to the marathon? Any thoughts/advice?
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With a weeks rest, go back to where you were and then listen to what your body
says after each run. If it tells you you are not fully recovered, then back off.
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The more mileage your body will tolerate, the better you will run the marathon.
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Listen to Fred, RCL. Welcome to the Masters forum.

Depending upon your recovery at this point, an easy week is probably a good idea.

Starting early allows a little wiggle room to back off if you need to and not panic.

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Fred and SS are correct. I'd guess you wouldn't need a full 18 week training cycle if you just raced a 1/2. I'd rest a bit but maintain some mileage. Then jump into the 18 week training cycle where you are already running. Good training to ya.
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KS, I never read your Boston report. Did you analyze your buildup, and the effect
it had on your marathon with the downhills, etc.

In 1980 I ran a 20 miler in 1:58 but couldn't replicate it in the Detroit marathon 3 weeks later ( 2:03 through 20 ), so I probably left some of my races on the training
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I found half marathon recovery to be surprisingly long, if it was a full-out effort....go easy in the 2nd week of recovery for sure.
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Fred - in retrospect I think I peaked at the Cowtown half marathon about 4 weeks before Boston. I was wanting to run 2:59 and ran just under 3:10. Still it was 8 minutes faster than last year. I'm going to run a small marathon in Oct with probably less than 100 participants but will probably run it as a hard training run. Goal is OKC marathon in April next year. This Oct marathon is at about 4500' elevation and I train at sea level.
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Fred - in retrospect I think I peaked at the Cowtown half marathon about 4 weeks before Boston. I was wanting to run 2:59 and ran just under 3:10. Still it was 8 minutes faster than last year. I'm going to run a small marathon in Oct with probably less than 100 participants but will probably run it as a hard training run. Goal is OKC marathon in April next year. This Oct marathon is at about 4500' elevation and I train at sea level.
8 minutes is a big chunk of time, especially post 50. Congrats, KS.
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