down with omikron – 1st marathon in 5 weeks


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    Hi team 80/20,

    I’m following the level 1 marathon plan, calculated backwards from an event in my hometown on the 27th of March.

    Everything went swell, until last Thursday, when I tested positive for covid. I didn’t run on Friday and Saturday, tried an easy 6K today, but, well, it was tough. I think it might take some time to really get back on track.

    After I’ve recovered, however, what’s the best way to tackle the remaining (4, I hope) weeks of the plan? Should I just continue where I am (and consider the skipped workouts ‘lost’)? Or should I shift some things around to make sure I get some crucial sessions in (like the 27, 29, 31K long run, SS-runs, …)?

    I’d immensely appreciate any insights or tips – or even links to articles I may have missed on this topic. Thanks in advance!


    I found this article pretty informative about the possible timeline and possible pitfalls.

    That said, I would also add to be especially careful to listen to your body. You are coming up pretty close to the race and depending on your background and recovery, may have to make some difficult choices. You definitely also don’t need any injuries from ramping intensity and mileage up too quickly to regain time lost. You will definitely loose about 2-3 weeks minimum. That will put you really close to the top of training volume and taper time.

    I would recommend looking at the marathon as a goal to just finish it provided you are physically in a position to run it. Every body reacts differently and really only time will tell how quickly you bounce back.

    I wish you the best of luck on your race and recovery.


    Thanks, Gerald. Really appreciate your insights.

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