I’m running the Marine Corps Marathon 50k in October, and I’m debating between the marathon and/or the 50K plan. I’m also debating how “hard” I want to race, so that might factor in.
I’ve done a handful of 50ks and 50 milers before (including right now going through the 8020 50 Miler plan a 3rd time right now – race in April), so I know I can do the extra 8k past a marathon. Plus, MCM is a road 50K, which I expect to finish just under 5 hours, not some 7+ hour event.
I’m leaning towards just running the 50k for fun and enjoying the experience (also using up a deferral from 2021) and then making my A race/BQ Attempt at the Louisiana Marathon in January.
I feel my options are:
1) Get the 50K plan, and then the Marathon plan
2) Get the marathon plan and time it for January, using the 50K race as a “long run”
3) Get the marathon plan and use it for both races, just running a bit more on race day for the 50k.
4) Wait and see what happens with the latest email about 8020 hiring Assistant Coaches… 🙂
Sounds like you have a good plan for the 50k in terms of running it for enjoyment and then focusing on a BQ attempt in your January marathon.
with that focus I would recommend you still follow our race specific distance plans – but you could for instance do a Level 1 (or whatever is a step back for you) for the 50k, assess how you are feeling and then select a higher level plan for your marathon. There is not a massive differnence between these plans but a little bit of specificity goes a long way, so the slight changes that are in the plan accommodate the different distances.
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