Marathon training in hindsight2 min read
Looking back my most recent marathon result with hindsight and being able to analyse my training and what was successful for this race. In this race I was able to achieve my goal of a sub 3 hour marathon.
I planned this marathon with a 14 week preparation and tried to fit my life around the training but still make it specific to the goal. My life consists of a full time job, a part time university degree and a family of partner and two children. So being able to commit to all of these aspects of my life was just as important as the marathon result. I planned to run five days per week, almost always morning and early.
I had planned on three quality sessions per week. My long run, hill repeat session and an interval or tempo session. My long run I built up over the 14 weeks from 1:30-3 hours three weeks before the race. My hill repeats were weekly and over a tough 1.9km hill distance with two steep inclines in the 1.9km. This session I did religiously and believe it had a big effect on building leg strength and conditioning for the marathon. The other key session was an interval session usually 800m to 1km intervals or a tempo session of a 10km at slightly quicker than race pace. My other runs were recovery runs, usually over the beach to add variety and keep me motivated.
The one thing I did in this 14 week period was stay motivated and consistent. All my key sessions were completed and completed with quality. I worked hard during those sessions and that paid off on race day. The other thing I did was stay healthy, I didn’t get injured or I’ll at all through this period of 12 weeks of building speed and endurance phase however did get a moderate head cold during my two week taper.
Overall this approach worked well and I got the result I wanted on race day. Next marathon I will repeat this program again and hope for a similar result.