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I’m not necessarily a training plan girl, but I respect the marathon and know that whatever your abilities and goals may be, the marathon requires a solid plan.
This September 13th I’ll be running the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon right through some of my favorite towns in my area. I never really intended to run a marathon this year, but it’s the first one! This will be my 4th marathon (not including the one at the end of the Ironman, cause I didn’t really train for that one). I know there are plenty of people who have run many more, but I’ve acquired a bit of knowledge through the years. My failures and successes have given me the tools to really know what my body needs and what I’m capable of. This was evident at my last marathon–New York City 2013. I was just two minutes shy of qualifying for Boston–a feat I never thought possible. My goal this go around is to implement those same principles combined with new-found confidence.
The Long Runs
When you hear the phrase Marathon Training what’s the first thing that comes into mind?
If you think long runs, it’s for a good reason. Without the proper long runs, your body cannot possibly be prepared for the 26.2 miles on race day.
The first thing I do is plan my long runs backwards from race day.
I also never strictly train more than 12 weeks out from race day. Anything before this is building a base, which I don’t like to follow a training plan to accomplish. In fact, my actual training is starting next week, which is technically about 8 weeks out (yikes!). But if you’ve been following me, you know that for at least a month I’ve been committed to track workouts and testing my pace at 5k races every weekend. So really that was the period of my marathon training where I built my base and speed–I just didn’t follow a specific plan.
This is my long run schedule:
July 12th- 6 miles
July 19th- 8 miles
July 26th- 10 miles
August 2nd- 13 miles
August 9th- 16 miles
August 16th- 13 miles
August 23rd- 20 miles
August 30th- 13 miles
September 6th- 10 miles
September 13th- 26.2!
I need to reiterate that this is what works for me. Years of over-training led me to the conclusion that the 13, 16 18, 20 build up only burnt me out–hence the 16, taper back to 13, then hit the 20 miler on fresh legs. This mileage and increase may not work for everyone, that’s what makes marathon training so unique. It’s very difficult to do it perfectly the first time, and it takes practice to know what works for your body and athletic ability.
Of course, quality long runs can only happen with quality supplementing runs. In my 3 day a week plan, I have a tempo run and track/speed workout in addition to the long runs.
Stay tuned for my next Marathon Training Plan post where I’ll go into detail about my weekday runs.
I am not a certified running coach. This information is based on personal experience and research. Please use caution when embarking on a training plan.
Do you make your own training plans, or find pre-made ones?
How long do you usually train for a marathon?
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