I was in Utah this past week and mentioned to one of my friends that I would be running the full Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco this October. She asked me about my training regiment and I asked about hers.
I generally run an increase of two miles every other weekend for my long runs. (12, 14, 16 etc. every other week) building up to 20 miles two to three weeks before the race. Then I taper. The last few marathons I've doubled up on my 20 milers. For 10 marathons, it's worked. Tried and true, but my friend's training schedule piqued my interest. Here goes:
16 weeks of training. Runs varying from 4-8 miles during the week and then weekend runs as follows:
- Weeks 1-4: 10 miles, 10 miles, 10 miles, 10 miles
- Weeks 5-8: 12 miles, 12 miles, 12 miles, 12 miles
- Weeks 9-12: 14 miles, 14 miles, 14 miles, 14 miles
- Weeks 13-16: 16 miles, 16 miles, 16 miles, 16 miles
Does that make sense? You run straight 10 miles every weekend for a month, 12 miles every weekend for a month, etc. etc. etc.
I'm intrigued and wanted to know what your thoughts were. Here are mine:
- Pros: Different training, more interesting, try something new, no super long run
- Cons: Lack of recovery in between weekends (especially during month 4), no super long run before race
My friend has run 26 marathons. The training's all about endurance. It's worked for her. So, what do you think? Should I do it?