Train to distance or duration?
Last year I trained for a marathon using a self penned training plan that focused on numbers of miles with the LSR increasing to about 21/22.
I have the Liverpool Marathon coming up in October and am tempted to try training to duration with the LSR being based on running up to about 3hrs / 3:15hrs and not worrying about the distance I cover.
I know that there is debate about which is a better way to train. Has anyone got any experience of trying both or views / experience of training by duration rather than distance? I am interested to try for this race and see how I get on.
Thoughts very welcome.....
What time are you aiming for? Do you expect to finish the marathon in 3-3:15? There's a logic in training for the time on your feet to be the same as your expected finish time, kowing that your training runs should be at a slower pace, henc you'd cover less miles. I guess you'd have to find a way of making sure you don't run your long runs too hard if you're not going to refer to pace at all. I know people who have done it both ways and it hasn't made much difference in terms of race time. Let us know how you get on.
Thanks mitiog. I am aiming for a time under 4:00. last year I ran 4:33 with a toe injury and my half marathon PB is 1:39 so should be able to hit under 4:00. wasn't planning to run a full 4hrs in training but aiming to complete perhaps about 3-3:15 as a proportion of the hoped for time.
Part of me still likes the idea of distance training and aiming to run up to 21/22 miles. At training pace this will inevitably give me about 3:30/3:40 on my feet.
Thinking about it perhaps making the distinction between the two ways of training is irrelevant as I will end up covering the same amount of ground at the same pace!!
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