Full marathons: 6 (I'm thinking about adding an extra one in December, unless I'm running Disney's Goofy Challenge in January 2012, in which case I won't add an extra marathon in December)
Ultramarathons: 4 (one 50K, one 60 K and one 78 K mountain ultramarathon + one 100K race spread over 4 days)
How many is too many?
I know of runners running one marathon a week for charity. I know of runners running all 50 US States to be part of a club. And I know of runners running one marathon a month just for the fun of it. Not to mention Marathon Man Dean Karnazes. They just run that many marathons because THEY want to. Seems completely sane to me. But who am I?Now, what do Experts say?
Experts say you shouldn't run more than two marathons a year (just google 'how many marathons a year' and you'll find tons of articles on it). But I guess what they really mean to say is you shouldn't race race race more than two marathons a year. They also say that you shouldn't give a full marathon a go when you haven't been into running for at least three years. I picked up running last January, and I finished my first (mountain) marathon this July (7 months into running - it takes more time to get a baby), so I guess I failed that test. Might as well demolish that two marathons a year while I'm at it, right?I am sort of sane...
Don't get me wrong. I know that the Experts have a point here. Running that many miles obviously isn't easy on your body. It is key to gradually build up the mileage and give your body some time to get used to it all. Most important: you should really listen to the old bod! And I do. When the old bod says 'NO!' I do step down a bit in my schedule (most of the time). But, I'll be honest with you, I do find it very hard to take it easy. ;)
I've already posted this question on my Facebook page, and would like to post it again on my blog: How many marathons a year do you believe is over the top?