A Different Approach to Marathon Training

My marathon is three months away and while I am sort of at ease, I have had several nightmares where I wake up in a frustrated sweat unable to complete the 26.2 miles.
Its a tough balance between training and not over training. Many people train for their first big race by running 5-6 times a week increasing the mileage up until two weeks before race day. But as an individual prone to running injuries and who loves her weights and circuit training I’m avoiding option A.
In my mind its about building up endurance, strengthening muscle and convincing yourself you can do it.
My training plan:
Long run 7-15 miles: once a week
Shorter run 3-5 miles: once a week
Circuit and weight training: 4-5 days a week
Swimming: 1-2 days a week
Karate: 3 days a week
Yoga: as often as possible
Stretching/foam rolling: everyday (that’s more of goal actually)

For my circuit training I’ll keep it shorter on the days I have a swim or run planned. As for weight lifting, since I work in a gym, I’ll squeeze in small routines on my breaks. Yesterday I challenged myself to complete 100 pull ups and 100 push ups during my 6 hour shift.
Today will be a leg day. Squats building SLOWLY up to 130 lbs. and then 10 reps broken up. Then a circuit of 3 rounds of 15 box jumps, 8 dead lifts and 20 weighted lunges. Then I’ll swim this afternoon!

For any of you marathon runners out there, I’d love to hear how you train!


About Keren

I'm Keren, a 25 year old personal trainer, living in Urban Connecticut. Disclaimer I am not a registered dietitian nor do I have certifications for everything I share. My recommendations are based mostly on my opinion from personal experience.
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3 Responses to A Different Approach to Marathon Training

  1. Sounds like an overall great workout plan to keep you buff! I loosely follow Run Less, Run Faster’s plan. Looks similar to your plan. But my long runs will range from 13-22 miles. I added one 22 miler to my last marathon training plan and I really think it helped. I shaved 20 mins off my time! I’m also a firm believer in practicing yoga. I’m new to the swim thing. But I’m trying it this round of 26.2 training. Which marathon are you running?

    • Keren says:

      Thanks so much for the advice. I really enjoyed looking at your blog. I love your positive attitude and motivation!
      I’m doing the Hartford marathon in CT. I do want to get my long runs up into the 20s, mostly for the mental practice. How long was your longest training run before your first marathon?
      Swimming is hard to get into. I’m fortunate I started swimming when I was young. I see you’ve been adding it to your workout plan. Good for you!

      • My first 26.2 training I went up to 20. My second, I went up to 22. I’d say 22 helped me tremendously. But there is research suggesting that it’s only good for your mental toughness not necessarily physically because it takes your body so long to recover.

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