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Could I run a Marathon on 40 MPW??? (Read 1530 times)

    The past two years I have gotten injured while training at over 40 MPW (PF this year and last year Peroneal Tendonitius).....but I seem fine if I stick right at the 40 MPW level, and think I can run that mileage week in and week out.........(Im currently just building back after my PF)

     

    I'd like to run a marathon in 2012 as I turn 60 in June (thats a little hard to put down  Cry but I'd like to prove that I'm not getting older, I'm getting better Smile) ..........but have always thought I'd want a base in the 50's (or more) and that 40 MPW really isnt enough..  

     

    So, I'm looking for advice from some of the RA marathoners..........Do you think a base of 40 MPW is adequate for me to run a marathon in late September or October.  Or do you think 40 MPW is just not enough and I should stick to shorter races???

     

    I'm not expecting any great time but would like to average somewhere in the 9:30 to 10:00 per mile (4:10 to 4:20 or so for the marathon)....

     

    Thanks in advance for your replies....

     

    John

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    Queen of 3rd Place

      I ran my first on less than that, took it easy, felt fine (no bonking, cramping or wall-hitting whatsoever) on less than that in Jan 09, took me about 4:50 although that was partly because I was running with a slower runner. Second marathon in Apr 09 I bumped it up close to what you are now and did around 4:25. Also, at that time I had not been running for as long as you have. My guess is you'll do fine, but take it easy out there.

      Ex runner

      C-R


        Run/Finish - yes

         

        Race - you might be asking for trouble

         

        I ran my first couple with 40 mpw and finished just fine (right at 4 hrs). I also learned that to race, you need a solid base and good training to push it. 

         

        Good luck


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          Absolutely John.

           

          You can run, finish and have a great time. People certainly do it on less.

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            Absolutely John.

             

            You can run, finish and have a great time. People certainly do it on less.

             

            Agreed!

             

            There are no magic mileage numbers in this business.

             

            Good luck.

              I have run 2 marathons on about 40 mpw. Finished fine however it becomes a chore after about 20 mi. If you dont mind getting passed in that last 10k and willing to suffer a bit, you should do fine.


              A Saucy Wench

                Hell, I just ran monkey on something like a 10 mpw average.  I wouldnt recommend that.  But 40 mpw?  you might even race that pretty well. 

                 

                Have you given thought to the possiblility that its not volume but perhaps that almost all your runs(prior to your restarting) are at nearly the same pace whether you call them quality or easy?  

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                  I have run marathons with about 40MPW (probably 45ish) and I think I raced them...  3:38PR.  I always stuggle a bit after 20, but who doesn't


                  In it for the long run..

                    For a runner your age, 40 miles per week is more than enough. It is easy to get hurt as we get older, and recovery takes longer. There are exceptions, of course.  I ran 5 marathons in 2009 on 40 or so miles a week and did well in all but the last one.

                     

                    Just make sure you do a long run every other week.

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                    Consistently Slow

                      I BQ'ed on 40mpw. Did do 12 weeks at  ~55. (3:37:38)

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                      Prince of Fatness

                        I ran my first marathon on weekly mileage somewhere in the 40's and finished in just under 4 hours.  I think that if you set a realistic time goal you'll be fine.

                         

                        Sounds like a nice way to celebrate your 60th birthday.  Good luck!

                        Semi-retired.

                          Just ran my first full on Higdon's Intermediate half plan. Longest week was 43 miles most were under 40.

                          I ran (but did not race) a 4:20. Worked for me.

                          You can do it John, good luck.

                          2013 Goals
                          1) Break 1:50 in a HM (PR 1:52:19)
                          2) Break 4:00 in a Marathon (PR 4:20:39)


                          Cool Jump Suit

                            I have run 2 marathons on about 40 mpw. Finished fine however it becomes a chore after about 20 mi. If you dont mind getting passed in that last 10k and willing to suffer a bit, you should do fine.

                             Absolutely true!  I have run 3 on 40 mpw and each time that last 10k was pretty tough. 

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                            Both wrong and right, our memories. 
                            The whispering before we sleep,
                            Just one more thing that you can't keep.

                            Our favorite place we used to go,
                            The warm embrace that no one knows.
                            The lovin' look that's left your eyes,
                            But I know in time we'll find this was no surprise.


                            HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

                              I don't recall ever finding the last 10K easy.

                              It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


                              Cool Jump Suit

                                I don't recall ever finding the last 10K easy.

                                 Kind of like a 5k, eh?

                                The kiss goodnight, it comes with me,
                                Both wrong and right, our memories. 
                                The whispering before we sleep,
                                Just one more thing that you can't keep.

                                Our favorite place we used to go,
                                The warm embrace that no one knows.
                                The lovin' look that's left your eyes,
                                But I know in time we'll find this was no surprise.

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