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I am going on holiday for 3 weeks, 7 weeks before a marathon and I am concerned what affect it will have on my performance.
I am training for the Barcelona Marathon on March 17th. It will be my 3rd marathon and I plan to run it in and around 3 hours. My training is going very well. I recently ran a 1:24:51 half marathon, a 36:47 10k and a 17:57 5k. All of which are PB's. I have been training for the marathon for 8 weeks and have been running 50-60 miles a week and have already done three 18 mile runs, a 20 mile run and a 21 mile run. As of Saturday I will be on holiday for 3 weeks and envisage my weekly mileage dropping to around 20 - 25 miles. They will all probably be short high tempo runs as I will be in a busy metropolis with not much open space.
Does anyone know how this will affect my performance in the marathon and what type of training will be best when I am away (speed, slow, etc)? I arrive home 4 weeks before the marathon and plan to taper down with 2 weeks to go not the usual 4 weeks. Is this a good idea?