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Advice please: tapering for a marathon but target race may move back 3-6 weeks

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Mar 2013
12:53pm, 4 Mar 2013
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DiscoSteve
So. Am starting week 17 of 18 week training plan for Rome Marathon, this is my second week of tapering. There is a chance I won't be able to run on the 17 March as depending on when the new Pope gets crowned or whatever the race might be moved from am to pm and I am flying back that evening.

If I can't do it I will (places permitting) enter another race, Blackpool on 7 April or Manchester 28 April looking favourite (I know, they're not quite Rome..)

My question is, am I ok to go back up to the pre-taper level of training (40-45 mpw, up to 22 mile LSR) straight away, would I be better off doing it gradually, or should I just have a longer taper period?

Go. (please??)
Mar 2013
12:58pm, 4 Mar 2013
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Mrs Winkle
From bitter experience, I wouldn't have a longer taper - I had an enforced 5 week taper for a race in November and had a terrible time. So, I would perhaps not bother with 22 mile runs but chuck in a 14, 16, 18 and then taper (if you go for 28 April)
Mar 2013
1:08pm, 4 Mar 2013
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DeeGee
When will you know if the race is on? Are you going to have to travel out to Rome, prepare as if running, and clear off home if white smoke starts pouring out of the chimney?
Mar 2013
1:15pm, 4 Mar 2013
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Bru-Bru
I had a similar dilemma last year when I tapered for a marathon, ran it, then felt so overexcited I entered another one about 4 weeks later and was not sure what to do in the meantime. I opted to train, rather than rest, and threw in 3 shorter runs per week and a couple of longish (but not 20m+) runs between the two and this seemed to work OK. On the day I felt a bit under- rather than over- trained, though. I would now try to go straight back up to pre-taper levels and then "re-taper" for the last 10 days-2 weeks only.
Mar 2013
1:21pm, 4 Mar 2013
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DiscoSteve
Cheers Mrs W & Bru

DG - not sure when I'll find out. From my limited knowledge of the process, which is basically based on the sequel to the Da Vinci Code, then they lock themselves away until they decide, and then Ewan McGregor explodes a bomb in a helicopter. So I guess it could be much closer to the day before I find out, which makes it trickier to decide what to do if I need to go to plan B.
Mar 2013
1:34pm, 4 Mar 2013
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DeeGee
For running and running again, this is useful:

halhigdon.com

I always have a "spare" marathon 3-4 weeks after my target race, I rebuild for two weeks and have a two week taper.

However, this assumes that you actually run on marathon day. If you don't, then I'd try to get the last long run of your previous plan in, and then re-taper.
Mar 2013
1:48pm, 4 Mar 2013
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Nelly
I'd suggest that Blackpool will be too soon after Rome to do any meaningful training, and as others have said I wouldn't want to arrive at the marathon start line having essentially tapered for 6 weeks. So Manchester makes most sense from a training perspective, plus you'll know 90% of the route :-) and it's walking distance for your family to support in Timperley village.

Assuming you find out in the days before you have to travel to Rome, and so can do a LSR on "race day", if it was me I'd do 14-16-18-20 then normal three week taper.
Mar 2013
4:06pm, 4 Mar 2013
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DiscoSteve
Thanks DG & Nelly. Nelly think you're right, Manchester does make more sense, plus no worry about travel arrangements!
Mar 2013
4:56pm, 4 Mar 2013
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Nelly
Ten minutes on a tram to OT or driving to Blackpool and searching for parking... I know where I'd go. Although obviously, I hope it doesn't come to that... unless of course you decide to do Rome AND Manchester :-0
Mar 2013
11:14pm, 4 Mar 2013
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DiscoSteve
Ha ha Rome and Manchester, now there's a thought..

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