I keep reading about not attempting a marathon unless you have been
running for a few years or so. Does this mean running for 3 years
without breaks? I have been running on and off for almost 20 years, but
I have taken long breaks from running over the years. These breaks have
occurred due to pregnancy, injury, or just plain boredom while I
switched to aerobics.
I plan to run the RNR Marathon after returning to running for 8 months
(at that time). I took a 9 month break from running for my last
pregnancy and postpartum recovery. I continued to cross-train including
strength training during that time, but it didn't make running much
easier when I returned to it. The break came 1 month after my last
marathon when I was sidelined first by ITBS and then the pregnancy.
Just wondering if I'm trying to do too much too quickly with potentially
harmful effects. I'm shooting for something equal to or less than my
last marathon time of 4:30:00.