My weekly marathon training thread
3 weeks to go, I’ve got a wee chest infection, putting me out for 10 days or so, meaning I can train 2 weeks prior to the event only, having missed 3 weeks prior to that. I’m assuming last thread’s “injury” was a phantom.
Of course I’ll be well rested up when I can start training again (this weekend). I’d be scheduled to do 15 miles, intervals & a tempo run; then 10 miles and not much more the week before the event. My thoughts were to do just this, but hit it fairly hard to get my body back up to pace…sound reasonable?Posted 3 years agothe teaboyMember
I’m just getting over a bout of bronchitis.
Every Wednesday I go for a thrash round a track under the eyes of a proper coach. Last week he wouldn’t let me do any intervals until I had proven that I could do a steady run.
I did a steady 12 laps and that was enough. My chest was tight and I was working too hard for a gentle session. Hoping to be better this week.
I vote for taking it easy and listening to your body!Posted 3 years ago
Bear in mind 2 weeks before a big race your training is not really putting anything “in” however you may just take “out” what you have. There is not much you can add 2 weeks to go given you are coming back from a lay off. If it was me I would do a longish run, maybe something midweek like an interval session then ease right down the last week.
(actually thats not true I would probably be running till my eyeballs pop until around 3 days before but I’m an idiot and often left my best days in training so dont do as I do do as I say)Posted 3 years agorikleggeSubscriber
Depending on whether you have covered 20+ miles previously, I would recommend a very steady 20 miler to just get a feel for the distance and to “train” your fuelling strategy. I find I can’t really process energy bars and gels very well, but it took a couple of longer runs to make me realise this.Posted 3 years agomogrimMember
I’d do a short run on Thursday/Friday just to check yourself out, assuming all is well do a long 15 miler on Saturday/Sunday. Next week do a couple of speed sessions to wake your legs, then maybe 8 miles next weekend, and a very short speed session sometime during the final week. Maybe go out for a 3 mile trot the day before the race.
I’m not a coach, though – so no money-back guarantees 🙂Posted 3 years agoemszMember
Shortish (sub10) just to make see your pace is still ok, then one more long, I worry until I’ve done a 20, then I relax. I would just do a couple of pace sessions next week and maybe a half at the weekend to wind down a bit
Good advice on here as usual
What time are you aiming for?Posted 3 years ago
I did my first marathon on only a 12 mile “long” run,
Me too however I was doing them under 70 mins 2-3 times per week and only had 3 days notice for the race!Posted 3 years ago
Speed is important and I didnt die during the race and actually ran the last 10 in well under an hour (the first half was a bit slow though)
2:45 and a bit. only decided to do it on the Thursday before cos work offered a free weekend in that there London!
Was in super shape but just ran it steady with a few mates and planned to break 3 then have a serious crack at a later date.
Big mistake… Injury, work, family life all conspired against me having a serious crack and now I am too old 🙁Posted 3 years ago
Carpe diem and all that
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