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5k race before marathon?

Post  Kenny B. on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:42 am

What are your thoughts on a 5k race 15 days before a marathon?
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  T Miller on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:52 am

Kenny B. wrote:What are your thoughts on a 5k race 15 days before a marathon?

I'm doing one, I think it's a great idea.
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  ssilvert on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:54 am

Kenny B. wrote:What are your thoughts on a 5k race 15 days before a marathon?

I remember when Paula Radcliffe entered the 10,000 meters at the world championships. Because the women's 10,000 was at the beginning of the meet and the marathon was at the end, she was able to do both. However, she was really using the 10,000 as a tune-up and not expecting to medal. She went on to easily win the marathon.

So I decided to try it myself before a half marathon. I was in good shape gunning for the half and I decided to enter a 5K the week before as a tune-up. I ended up running a PR in the 5K but my legs were dead during the half and I ran a disappointing time. Clearly, I was no Paula Radcliffe.

But you are talking about two weeks of recovery instead of one. So maybe it would work. The Benji Durden 84-week super-plan prescribes a 5K or 10K race 2 or 3 weeks out from the marathon. But his plan always prescribes a race two to four weeks. So you have to be used to that.

Are you used to racing and recovering often? If so, maybe it would be good for you.

Stan
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  Kenny B. on Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:19 pm

I am used to it 5k does not beat me up much. I think I will do it. I don't know the course but I think I can finally go sub 20 right now.
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  T Miller on Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:38 pm

You can certainly go sub 20.

Two years ago I ran my 5k PR 15 days before running my marathon PR. They both still stand but I'm hoping for a repeat this year.
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  Kenny B. on Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:09 pm

T Miller wrote:You can certainly go sub 20.

Two years ago I ran my 5k PR 15 days before running my marathon PR. They both still stand but I'm hoping for a repeat this year.

I plan on following your foot steps or is it strides. NICE!
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  Peg Coover on Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:45 pm

T Miller wrote:
Kenny B. wrote:What are your thoughts on a 5k race 15 days before a marathon?

I'm doing one, I think it's a great idea.

I am doing one as well....not certain it's the best idea, but I am!
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  Nick Morris on Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:23 pm

I say go for it!! I always do a HM 3 weeks out, so a 5K 15 days out should be cake...
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  Alex Kubacki on Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:29 am

Phitz usually has a race scheduled two weeks out so it seems like there's no issues there. For a 5k I would blow it out too.
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:03 am

No problem! I once ran a 10K PR a week before a marathon PR.
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Re: 5k race before marathon?

Post  Kenny B. on Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:19 pm

Yes pHitz does have it I am going to plan on 5k and kill it!
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