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marathon traiing schedule, question and recomendation??!!!

Postby chloe » Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:04 pm

so im about to embark on training for the london marathon, i officially start my training schedule today, but i got a random one off the internet that has a lot of intervals hills and ttempo type stuff, and at least once a week there is 'strength', so it says eg,'5 miles strength', ...what does this mean exactly???Anyone else have any training rotas they pulled off the internet that they recommend??
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Postby runrevolt » Sat Dec 26, 2009 1:07 pm


I really don't know what 5 miles "strength" means, unless it's supposed to imply "strong", which I suppose would mean "fast", but who knows.

Or else it means run 5 miles and then do strength training as well, which would entail strength training exercises, primarily core I would assume.

As far as training plans...I wouldn't be much help there. Plans should be dialed in to each specific runner and what they have been doing up until this point. Of course, any plan that is pre-established should be helpful to one degree or another.

Ultimately, I would recommend variety, with rest. Every week do a speed workout (intervals, fartleks, etc.), do a hill workout or tempo run, and do a long run. In between those just maintain mileage and get enough recovery to concentrate on the faster/longer runs. Without getting detailed and specific to your needs, that type of setup should make your running more complete, in my opinion.

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Postby happyfeet » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:25 pm

My current plan has something called "Force Workouts" this could be the same as strength.These force workouts are basically exercises that mimic running but emphasize strength muscles and resistance usually at lower cadence.

The plan mentions things like hiking up hilly terrain with a full backpack, riding a bicycle at a low cadence/high gear, water jogging, running against the wind. There's also some weight training.

I jog up flights of stairs. I don't usually go for distance, just time.
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Postby skoptic » Sun Dec 27, 2009 1:00 pm

Hi Chloe,

I get some training shedules from Runners World (they are on the UK and the US site). They have some generic schedules, and then (I think if you are subscribed to the magazine) they have some other more personalised ones.

Have a little look there I reckon, and if you can't get to the right kind, pm me and I'll log in and find something suitable. :-)

Run revolt speaks the truth - the important sessions are speed / strength (intervals / hills), speed endurance (tempo) and endurance (long run). All others are just filler / recovery (but they can be useful too so I'm not dismissing them!). The RW articles explain all this too...

Happy training!
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Postby MikayP » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:16 pm

what is your ultimate goal? this your first, or you want to set a personal best....?
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Postby chloe » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:33 pm

hey thanks folks, yeah im glad none of you know what they mean either, im guessing its a pretty random training plan, it isnt my first marathon so i will just use it as a guide for the long runs and the taper.i get a new plan everytime i train for a marathon, and always pretty much wing it anyway,sometimes a guideline is really helpful though.
Runrevolt i like the idea of the core training too,might concentrate on that on these mysterious 'strength' days in my near future :D
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Postby Konstantin » Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:23 pm

I'm no expert, but stepped up to a marathon fairly successully, and felt my training was on the right tracks. The main bits I had were:
Extend the long run by 10% or 1 mile per week.
Include one speed session a week - hillsprints, tempo runs or intervals.
Increase the weekly mileage by adding small runs that dont interfere with the long run.
Rest day - at least one a week. Usually I had this after the long run.

My plan was to increase to 20 miles on the long run and do this or a few weeks, then taper 3 weeks out.
You can see my training log if you're really bored: [url][/url]
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