Friday, September 18, 2009

Marathon Training Programs

Call me INSANE, but apparantly I have the guts to sign up for the Ogden Marathon for next year.  I have decided that now is my time, regardless of the awful half I just did.  Training is HARD on me.  My body does not like the fact that my mind wants to run. :0)  My hip, knee, and feet have the biggest troubles.  I know that I will not be able to finish without ever walking a step, so I am looking into training methods that will help me keep the energy I need to finish it alive.  I am interested in Jeff Galloway, but it seems that running for only a few minutes than walking for a minute (and doing this for 5 hours) is a bit much.  I don't want to have to watch my clock for 5 hours (though maybe it will keep me busy and keep my mind off the pain--that could be good!)  Anyway, what training programs have you used? Anything you suggest?  Unless I get all my issues worked out, I probably can't run more than 3 days a week so I have to avoid all those real intense programs.  Thanks for any advice you could give me!


Ruthie said...

I used Marathoning for Mortals.. its a book.. our local library has it :)... well.. I have it most of the time.. but take it back there every so often to let the librarian look at it :) ..
anyway.. it has great plans for running, walking, running most and walking some, and walking most and running some... half and full marathon plans :) .... I have a friend who used it too.. she did suggest to do a bit more than 20 miles on your last long run if you want to finish with a good strong time.. but I chose to just do the 20 for my first try :)..

on the walking some during the marathon... I have read MOST runnings walk during their marathon.. and a friend told me there was a man who ran a marathon in under 3 hours and he said the reason he did so well is because he started using the walking break technique! :) ...

good luck! you can do it!

lonsdale said...

I love the Jeff Galloway idea. I have run a couple of half-marathons and almost 2 marathons (Top of Utah a few years ago and St. George this year) with his run/walk approach. I love it. In the future I would like to run a whole marathon, but that's the future and I'm not there yet. With little kids, I don't have time to run a million miles a week. For my run/walk splits I run 10 minutes and walk 2. It makes the math easy and I'm only walking 5 times an hour.

Three times a week (M,W,TH) I run 30-60 minutes. T,F are cross-training/stretching days. The long runs on the weekend are most important. If you can find teaser runs (SL running company does them for the SL Marathon and St. George) it makes the super long runs (18,20,22) easier because you are running with other crazy people.

Back to the walking thing, I am able to maintain about a 10,10:30 minute mile even with walk breaks. By the time you get to the really long runs, you will have a sort of rhythm and will know within a minute or two when you should look at your watch.

Hope that helps!! Good luck with Ogden next year.

Anonymous said...

I haven't tried it, but the Runners World Run Less Run Faster program, developed by the Furman Institute looks promising. You do three runs a week and three cross-training days a week.

Vanessa Shannon said...

Jeff Galloways programs are really great actually. You can adjust your run/walk timing to whatever you are comfortable with and he even says that after the 16-18 miles you could run the rest without stopping if you choose. Everyone I have talked to about it have said that some of their fastest marathon times came from running his methods. I would give it a chance...I think you might actually like it.

Tall Girl Running said...

Hi Kristyn!

I just got a marathon PR over the weekend by using a thirty second per half mile walking break strategy. It's definitely something you have to practice in training but soon enough it becomes second nature. I've found the walking breaks not only help physically but also mentally. It's easier to break down those LONG training runs when you know you're able to walk every so often.

I used my own version of the FIRST program for this marathon, which called for three days a week of running and two days of cross-training. It focuses on quality runs rather than quantity (which means no more junk miles). While it's definitely challenging, I credit the program for keeping me injury and burn-out free, not to mention making me a faster runner.

Good luck with whatever you you decide! I'm considering doing Ogden next year myself. It's a fantastic race.

Laura said...

I used the FIRST program for my last half marathon and liked it. I'm gonna try their marathon schedule next.

foxontherun said...

I tried the first program and was injured. All the speedwork that was included was too much for my body.

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