How close together can you run marathons?

I'm planning to run a marathon next year for the 'big 40'. I've run 4 half marathons and a hilly 20 miler this year. I'm unlikely to be able to give up the amount of time needed to train for a marathon after 2003. How many can I safely fit in to one year and how far apart should they be run?


  • Theres an article on here (somewhere) by Bruce Tulloh which recommends at least six weeks in between. I've also seen that recommendation from the race doctor of the Berlin marathon.

    I think I'm right in saying that most of the elite only do at most 2 a year with about 6 months in between. Certainly thats what I've done but I know that other people on the forum have done them with less time in between, and could probably give you better advice
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