To construct a marathon training plan, I start at the race date and work my way back. I like to have 2 weeks of taper, 3 weeks of highest mileage, and 4 weeks of high mileage. For me that’s 3×70 mile weeks and 4×60 mile weeks. I also like to mix up 1 very long run per week and 1 interval/tempo workout per week.
While putting my calendar together, I realized that I have a mere 9 weeks until the Tunnel Marathon. So this has freaked me out, and it has also cut out the portion of the marathon training plan where I would put in some track work. But since I recently ran the Shamrock Shuffle at a good pace, I think I’m nevertheless in a good spot.
Overall, my approach emphasizes quality weeks over workouts and lifetime miles over lactic acid. This approach is consistent not only with my theory on the kind of fitness needed for a marathon, but also for a non elite runner trying to balance training with everything else in life.
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Today’s charity runner of the week is Craig Bowers, who is running the Brighton Marathon for Cancer Research UK. Craig is running this event in honor of his father, Peter Bowers.
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