This is what my year is playing out to look like:
– Finishing Level 2 Marathon on March 7th
– Take a few weeks off/easy running
– Start Level 2 5K plan on April 4th and complete June 5th
– I’ll have 7-8 weeks between the 5k plan and starting the marathon plan again on August 1st.
Should I do 7 weeks of the maintenance plan or repeat the first 7 weeks of the marathon plan or something entirely different?
I love your few weeks off of easy running after the marathon. That’s hard for many athletes to accept as needed, but it is critical for multi-year success.
You really don’t need a long break after the 5K, maybe a week, so we are looking to fill 7 solid weeks before you start the next marathon plan.
I don’t recommend repeating the first 7 weeks of the Marathon plan. Repeating the first 3 weeks is fine, but after that it has diminishing returns. The Maintenance plan is the best option.
AND, we now have the Run Maintenance plan in 4 Levels: Level 0-4 like our other offerings. It’s still off-menu, but by June it will be available through the TP store. You’ll want at least a Level 2 Maintenance plan, maybe Level 3 and we’ll have a comparison chart up by then too for you to see the difference between the Maintenance levels.