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Hi, I was hoping to pick your collective brains for some training advice. I did a marathon on sunday and have another in 4 weeks with a 20 miler the day after (for charity). So I was wondering 1)How long after a marathon do you think you can start training hard (speed sessions and long runs)? 2)And any tips/tactics for running a marathon and a 20 miler on consecutive days? Id forgotten what my legs feel like after a marathon and after hobbling around on Monday I was wondering how I'm going to run 20 miles the day after one!
 

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1)How long after a marathon do you think you can start training hard (speed sessions and long runs)?
That depends a lot on your preparation and on how you approach the Marathon.
If you have put in lots of miles in training and just cover the distance like another training run, then you will probably be able to resume hard training less than a week later.

If you haven't run many miles before and/or if you race it, then it could be anything from a week to a month or so. This will depend on a lot of factors.

2)And any tips/tactics for running a marathon and a 20 miler on consecutive days?
You have four weeks to prepare so do more long runs, every other day if you can - always paying attention to possible niggles that may lead to injury.

Then take the Marathon very easy. Just aim to cover the distance at a very comfortable pace and make sure to hydrate very well. Same goes for the rest of Marathon-day.

And then, I can't stress this enough, sleep!
Take a nap after the Marathon if you feel like it and go to bed early. Sleep will help you a lot in recovering between runs.
 

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Yeah, agreed, and I would add that you could look up what ultra people do for long back-to-back runs on a Saturday and Sunday. It's not my specialist area but you could, for example, limit your pulse to say 72% of max on each b2b and walk any hills.
 

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Thanks for the advice! I'm feeling pretty much recovered from the first marathon now, though I did race it (got a new PB and 40 mins faster than my previous one :)) so I definitely felt it for a few days after. I've been training hard for about 4 months but for the marathon so I haven't done any long back to back runs yet. I'm going to try 20miles:10miles back to back this weekend slowly and see how it goes. Injury wise I've been having plantar fasciitis on and off for a few months but it doesn't bother me much while running and oddly actually felt better after the marathon! Sleeping lots could be tricky though, I always struggle to sleep after long runs and it's worse after marathons.
 
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