Welcome to the second part of a 6-month marathon training plan. At this point you’ve put in a good amount of work on your legs and they’re primed and ready for the next step.
We’ll be focusing on the basics of a good marathon training program; building mileage and aerobic strength, understanding the fundamental weekly schedule, and acclimating your body to the increasing stress load.
If you want to do a marathon it’s helpful to find a good training plan that works for you and use it during your next training cycle.
“Doing more with less” should be a motto of us hearty Northwest endurance athletes. I asked four of the busiest (and most dedicated) people I know how they balance family (kids), work (full time and then some), and high-level running.
In training for a marathon, much of your goal is just to get your mileage up so that the distance isn’t as daunting.
Several of the best masters runners from the mile to the 100K distance live in the Northwest. Lucky for us, they were willing to share some of their secrets.
I took up fastpacking a few years ago as a way to meld my running fitness with a desire to be in the wilderness for longer periods of time.
We’ve all been there, that race on the horizon that we signed up for 9 months ago looms and there’s just not enough time in the day to fit in all the training we want or feel like we need to do in order to be ready for it.
I remember a time when I was a younger and doing a lot of road races, when you simply planned out your racing calendar on the fly as you went through the year. For better or worse, those days are over. Now we’re planning, developing, mulling over, and plopping down big bucks on those race calendars.
I love the trail, and I’d much rather run a trail race than a road race just for aesthetic reasons. Over the past several years I’ve focused on trail racing because of the variety of courses and all the new challenges they present, which is why I train primarily on trails.