Marathon Training and Discussions


OffSeason Training ... (Read 228 times)


    What sort of running/training plans you guys/gals have ? I have about 9 mos till my next marathon...currently just trying to get up to 40 - 45 mpw of mostly easy-running with some tempos/striders thrown you do some speed work ? take a few weeks off ? do lots of 5 - 10K races ?

    CPT Curmudgeon

      I think you're best served by building mileage, possibly going higher than 40-45 that you're talking about, and doing some tempo runs. Races are good, on occasion. No more than one a month, max, though. Anything more than that, depends on your marathon training plan. The one I'm looking at using this year is 24 weeks, so that would leave about 3 months of base training to get up to the minimal starting mileage for the plan (going by your time frame).
        Gradually building mileage is the key for me. I usually run 5 days a week, with one day of speed or hills, and one tempo in there. I just did a half last weekend and my running buddy and I are going the full distance in about 7 weeks. So my main plan is mileage, mileage, mileage! BTW, good luck with the diet coke thing! You're my hero... Tongue
        1000 mile club. "Pain is just the weakness leaking out."


          I'm picking up this thread again because my marathon is not until October which gives me > 8 weeks before I start the 18-wk training plan. I was planning to just get back to 20-30 mile weeks before then and keep my runs under 6 miles. I want to just feel great with a 6 mile run and mentally look at that as a "short run". Is there an advantage to upping the long runs to 10 miles before I start Hal Higdons training schedule (I think that is the one I will mostly stick to)? I am also just getting back off of a 5 week recovery from arthroscopic surgery so I don't really want to push it. I am planning to resume some Tuesday speedwork and a weekly 5 mile hill run. Thanks and I love reading all of your different ideas. Sherry
          Run like you are on fire! 5K goal 24:00 or less (PR 24:34) 10K goal 50:00 or less (PR 52:45) HM goal 1:55:00 or less (PR 2:03:02) Marathon Goal...Less than my PR (PR 4:33:23)

          CPT Curmudgeon

            Normally, I would say that throwing in 10 mile long runs before the plan is good for building that aerobic base. BUT....coming off surgery, I'd be more cautious. I would consider building up to the 10 miler in the weeks before so that you can be sure that you'll be able to do it without worry. But that's my personal thing.