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i'm in week 9 of pfitz's 18/55 marathon plan with a goal marathon at the end of may. i was looking at my race schedule and trying to figure out if running an 8k, 10k, and 1/2 mary on 3 consecutive weekends would be too much? the half mary would fall exactly 5 weeks before my marathon. i'm also not great at using a race as a training run.. i'm still working on being disciplined enough not to go all out so thats an issue too. thoughts?
 

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They build nicely and still give you two weeks to max out mileage before tapering. The most important of the three to your goal is obviously the half mary.
 

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If you full out race - Leave nothing on the table. A person is sore and takes a few days to recover. Sometimes this even means a 1-2 day taper. If what you are after is the maximum stimulus to perform at your best come marathon day - Yes it is too much. The 8k and 1/2 marathon are plenty.<br><br>
If you go at each race at 95-97% effort (Almost all out) I still believe the 8k and 1/2 marathon will give the maximum stimulous to your marathon training.<br><br>
Every training run adds a small deposit to you marathon training bank account. All out Races at the right time make a withdrawl, but the withdrawl is invested and it returns more to the bank account than originally taken out. Even if you have 3 great races in a row, I truly believe that you will have less come marathon day than if you took the middle week off.<br><br>
It also depends on your bodies ability to recover. The elites can race more often, because with the massive training load their bodies have become experts at recovering.<br><br>
You might get away with it as the 1/2 marathon is 5 weeks before. I've done it before 3 races in 3 weeks (20k - 10k - 5k ending 3 weeks out) and it has sub-optimized my marathon performance. I was in shape to run 2:40-2:42 and ran 2:45:58.<br><br>
Just my 2-cents
 

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This I agree with 100%. I too was in shape to run sub2:50 in 2005, ran (15K - 10k - 5k) and ended up running 2:54:22. I all out ran the 15K/10K and ran the 5k at a slower pace, but still somewhat fast.<br><br>
I think 5 weeks - 1/2 mary is perfect to recover for the marathon, but anything sooner then you may not recover from the effort. I have a hard time racing a 1/2 mary and then running a good marathon there after. So, I'd pick your poison as they say.<br>
-cr
 

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I was going to say the same thing.<br><br>
I agree that it's all about choosing which race(s) you want to truly Race and which ones you will go easy at. Consider whether you will really be able, in the excitement of the moment, hold back when you need to.
 

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that close to your marathon, if you run those races in place of long runs, are you getting enough miles in for you marathon training? or are the races in conjunction with your long run?
 

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I agree with merigayle. you cant run the races in place of your long runs. maybe a better idea is to do 8K, long run, 1/2 mary, long run.....<br><br>
Good Luck!
 

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the races are def not in place of long runs..<br><br>
this is exactly what i decided to do. for the 10k, i would have flown in at midnight the night before then up by 6 for the race.. so i decided to scratch that one. thanks for all the wonderful advice!! for those who were urging me on to do all 3.. maybe next time.. you guys are true maniacs!!! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I guess it can be done if you choose one to be your focus race and the others to be prep races. I once raced a half marathon in the AM then a 10k in the evening... But to be quite honest, that was rather stupid.<br><br>
Just don't get too caught up trying to get PB's in all of them!
 
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