I’m looking for advice on training and meal plans for two half-marathons then a marathon with minimal breaks in-between.
I’m a reasonably fit 41-year-old male. I recently ran my second marathon in just under four hours. I’m looking to enter three events over the next year:
1. A half-marathon over a very hilly course. I’m aiming to finish in under two hours.
2. A half-marathon on a flat, windy course (same course as I ran the marathon recently). I’m aiming for a personal best (1:43) and as close to 1:30 as I can get.
3. A full marathon on the same course. I’m aiming to improve my previous time, ideally to beat 3:45.
Here’s what I’m thinking of doing. Does anyone have any comments or better suggestions?
Prepare for the half-marathon using the Runkeeper 2:00 half marathon plan
over 16 weeks from 29 July. The race is 15 November. I’m thinking of running 1 minute faster than the listed pace and running on hills to simulate the hill course.
I’ll then have 12 weeks before the second half-marathon on 22 February 2015. My options:
1: pick up Runkeeper intermediate plan
at week 11 or so
2. Use Hal Higdon’s half marathon plan
, probably the intermediate one
3. repeat the Runkeeper 2:00 plan,
aim to run each workout at 2 minutes/mile faster pace than listed (would that work?)
I then have the marathon on 21 June 2015. I’m thinking of doing the Runkeeper 3:45 marathon
plan starting on 3 March, so I have a few weeks to recover after the half.
Does this give me sufficient recovery time? Should I take it easy in the first few weeks of each programme in order to recover from the races?
And as a second question, does anyone have suggestions for meal plans during training? I’m not looking for advice like ‘eat loads of carbs’, I’m meaning a plan (ideally with recipes or quantities) for all meals for a week or more. Thanks in advance.