4 Ways to Run a Faster Marathon
|Start of Bob Potts Marathon|
In October, I want to run the St. George Marathon faster than I ran the Bob Potts Marathon (3:58) in May so I've come up with a plan.
- More Miles - I did a maximum of 50-55 mile weeks training last time using Advanced Marathoning, but I'd like to increase that to at least 60. I want to run more 20 milers, too. Last time, I only did two.
- Plenty of Hills - I want to run hills at least once a week. Some days, I may substitute with stairs.
- Lots of Speedwork - I'll continue to do this at least once a week. I'll go by effort more and not get discouraged because my actual pace is slower than I want it to be not that it's so hot outside.
- More "Strength/Weights/Core Work" - Increase to at least three days a week instead of just two.
The period at the beginning of marathon training is such an optimistic time! That's a good thing, but I never know what will happen on race day. If I've learned something along the way about challenging myself and perseverance, then it will be worth it. I'm looking forward to training for my 15th marathon!
How about you? Is there something you'll change when training for your next race? This might help: Analyzing Your Race Performance (Competitor.com).