revised marathon training

My approaching marathon date has been subtly haunting me in my sleep. I still have a little over two months to train, but I want to feel strong while I run, or else I fear I will hate marathons till the end of time.

Luckily, my dear friend Laura created a marathon plan for me (rightfully titled “Last Minute Plan”) that calls for running only three days a week, which is perfect! Since I signed up for the race, I didn’t want to give up strength training and yoga, yet I alssoo didn’t want to burn out by trying to fit in all these activities while running a crazy amount of miles per week.

Here is what the plan looks like:  

Week Day 1 Day 2 Long Run Weekly Total
30-Jul 3 6 13.1 22
6-Aug 4 6 15 25
13-Aug 4 6 17 27
20-Aug 4 6 19 29
27-Aug 4 6 21 31
3-Sep 5 7 19 31
10-Sep 5 7 22 34
17-Sep 7 5 14.5 27
24-Sep 3 3 RACE! 32

“Day 1” is supposed to be some sort of speed work, “Day 2” hill work, and the third day is strictly endurance-training. The remaining four days should be one day of recovery cardio (not necessarily running), two days of strength, and one day of rest. I may skip the other day of cardio and replace it with yoga or added rest — we’ll see! 

My first week was pretty successful; I did three 1-mile repeats on the track (avg pace 6:40, wanted to vom after), my “hill work” day ended up just being six faster miles (7:30’s), and then my long run was 13.1 miles in 1:54, avg 8:46 pace, which took me all around greenpoint, williamsburg, and parts of manhattan. 

So that’s the plan. If I run a 3:10 marathon (kidding, major) I will thank this wonderful plan. But mainly, I want to debunk that you need to be running crazy amounts of miles a week in order to prepare for crushing 26.2!

About Laura

marketing director at Possible. formerly at Greatist. Still running, finding zen, and searching for the perfect bloody mary.

Posted on August 7, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Favorite part: “wanted to vom after”.

  2. Hoorayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy for training 🙂

  3. Love the blog! I keep my weekly mileage at similar numbers, and try to incorporate cross/ strength training. Works for me 🙂 Keep up the great work!

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