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Did I Screw Up My Marathon Training?

As someone who absolutely hates using marathon training plans, I’m pretty willy nilly when it comes to my running schedule while preparing for a race.

I know I need to get in a certain amount of miles per week, and that I need to do some regular long runs to get ready for a marathon. I’ve also learned from experience that I HAVE to get in a run of at least 22 miles prior to running my race. I’m not at all sure how people can be ready for a full 26.2 miles when the longest you’ve run to date is only 20 miles?!?!

Oh, it’s because your training plan said to only do a 20 miler. Have fun on race day, bud.

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Greetings From Blahsville….

87Anyone that has ever run a marathon before understands the importance of putting in the appropriate amount of time and effort required to properly train for the race. (The training helps you forget.)

While there are some people who can not run for weeks or months and then go out and run 26.2 miles on nothing more than a whim (these people will henceforth be referred to as freaks), the rest of us mortals require some level of consistent training in order to survive (and dare I say, thrive in?) your particular race. Read more

Training Plans Are Useless…

Image by Anamorphic Mike via Flickr

Image by Anamorphic Mike via Flickr

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

~Mike Tyson

Sage advice from the former champ. Who would have ever thought Mike Tyson and sage advice could be linked in such fine fashion? Not me, but I think he’s on to something here.

When runners come up with training plans to help them prepare for their next race, they rarely have to worry about literally getting punched in the face.

But the metaphorical fists start flying early and often, and very few people are able to make it from the first day of their plan to race day without getting hit a few times.

Did you plan for that 5 of clubs to the grill? Doubtful. Read more