Running A Marathon. Expert Marathon Training Schedule
Running A Marathon. Expert Marathon Training Plan
I am not usually a big fan of plans – but despite comedian Eddie Izzard’s heroics for Children in Need – there is no way I am going to attempt to run a marathon without one. I have too many false starts and ended up injured or running out of ideas (excuse the pun). In fact I am going to use an a genuine expert to help me plan.
I am using a six month training plan developed by marathon expert Jeff Galloway in the USA. For £180 Jeff will provide you with 6 months of eCoaching which means that Jeff becomes your online coach. He devises a training schedule that is specific to your needs and goals. So far I have been able to email Jeff on a whole range of questions relating to my training – and he has been quick to respond. If you don’s have £180 then Jeff has published a standard marathon plan too – as well as a whole bunch of other plans.
My marathon training plan starts of nice and slowly – after all this is a marathon not a sprint! The ideas is to gradually build up your endurance through the (once a week) longer runs. These get longer until you build up to the full distance. Shorter runs are run three times a week and have some simple drills included. These are designed to help you work on elements of technique and raising your fitness levels.
The whole purpose of this approach is to use the run walk run method to gradually build up your levels of fitness. Critically another key component to run injury free – for more information check out my post 5 Simple Steps To Injury Free Running. If you find yourself in pain then you need to stop – trying to push through could result in a much more serious injury. A final element is the Magic Mile – Jeff has gathered data from thousands of runners and is able to accurately predict your finishing times over different distances.
All that remains is that I actually stick to it! On reflection perhaps getting the plan was the easy bit?!