Episode 107: If I was Disappointed with My Marathon, Should I Run Another Marathon within the Same Training Cycle? Tips for Racing after Racing with Special Guest Caetlin Benson-Allott


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After sharing our post-Boston Marathon recovery experiences, we talked about whether and and when it's appropriate to run another marathon in the same training cycle. After reviewing the factors one should consider when making the decision to run a second marathon in the same cycle, Lisa talks with one of our clients, Caetlin, who successfully ran (and PR'd) a second marathon after running a disappointing first marathon. We have been coaching Caetlin since 2017, when she came to us with the ultimate goal of getting her 3:50 marathon PR down enough to qualify for Boston. We worked with Caetlin to chip away at that time, also setting a half marathon PR along the way. When her initial attempt at a BQ at the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon fell short due to a virus, we helped Caetlin regroup and target a second marathon six weeks later, the 2018 Rehoboth Marathon, where she set a huge PR and qualified for the 2020 Boston Marathon with a 3:33 finish time. She returned to Rehoboth in December 2019, just before the pandemic, for a repeat performance and a new PR of 3:26. The pandemic meant Caetlin's first Boston Marathon was virtual, but she earned an entry to the October 2021 Boston and was able to toe the start line in Hopkinton with us last week. Be sure to listen to this week's podcast episode, as we welcome Caetlin as our guest and hear about her back-to-back marathons in an attempt to earn her BQ, as well as how she came to embrace and appreciate the "Plan B" approach to Boston following a back injury just three weeks before race day. Congrats, Caetlin!

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