Possible event on W14 of Marathon plan – suggestions?

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    Hi all!

    On W14 of my marathon level 2 plan I’d have the longest (35km) of my long runs planned for Sunday.

    However, there is a big running event organized in my home city, so I am tempted by two competitions:
    – 28km
    – Full marathon

    Assuming of course I will run at my Z2 pace and not actually race, is it too much of a stretch to pull out a full marathon 4 weeks before my A race?

    If instead I opt for the 28km run, would it make sense to push the pace, say to my marathon pace or even slightly faster?

    What other adjustment to my plan in the previous/following week would you recommend?

    Thanks a lot for any advice!

    Leyla Porteous

    I wouldn’t recommend a marathon before a marathon. But that 28km event will fit well – and you can always add on some easy miles later that day in a second Z2 run to get your long run distance in! You could also opt to do the middle section (or say 10ish miles) of that 28km at or around marathon pace and still be fine. If you already have a long run on the plan for that weekend – and this isn’t your A race, but just a fun event to do as a training day – then I wouldn’t adjust your plan.


    Hi Leyla,

    Thanks for the useful advice, I will probably end up running the 28km mostly at marathon pace as you suggested 🙂

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