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Our most recent question came from Emma, who has found herself in a pickle thanks to some unexpected luck:
I’m writing because I’d love some training advice. In late July I am registered for the Madison Marathon which is on a gravel road at around 9-10k feet elevation. Then 13 days later, as a fluke I got into a 19 mile trail run (Brider Ridge Run) that has a competitive application process (not based on time, but on the ability to plead your case in 50 words) so I couldn’t justify turning down the opportunity to run it.
I realize this is not an ideal situation and that I probably can’t run both races to my peak ability (or can I?). I only recently got accepted into the trail run, so for training I have simply been following an intermediate Hal Higdon training plan. Now I’m worried that if I keep following that plan I won’t be prepared for the 19miler. I’m especially concerned about how I should taper for these races, or if I should taper for the marathon at all. Any advice on how to tweak my training so I can do as well as possible in each race? Read more >>