Plan Selection – Marathon and/or 50k

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    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… 🙂

    Leyla Porteous

    Hey theboss!

    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.

    Hope that is helpful feedback and if you are interested in our soon to be released platinum coaching subscription email us at and we will add you to our wait list to be the first to know.

    Coach Leyla

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