Suitable Training Schedule?

3 messages
25/07/2010 at 14:48
Hi everyone,

I'm relatively new to running but have an athletic background, and am looking to run the Dublin marathon in October (in no particular time).

I have come up with the following schedule in order to get ready, and just wanted to ask some experienced runners if it is suitable.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AmOhwc-3ImJjdGFYUmNKNFJDQ1BpOFQ3ZnFXM3h0eXc&hl=en&authkey=CPLFpa0C

I was running for about a month before making the schedule too. All distances are in km, I'd be grateful for any advice!

And the week-long rest I had was for personal reasons, it wasnt planned.
Edited: 25/07/2010 at 14:50
26/07/2010 at 12:26

Having only run one marathon I wouldn't say I'm experienced, but there are a few issues with your schedule which jump out at me:

 - You're running 6 times a week towards the end of your schedule, which I would only expect from runners with several marathons under their belt who are aiming for a fast time. It's too much for somebody who is preparing for their first marathon with only one month of running before starting the schedule. It's likely to get you injured.

- You need a rest day after your long run to allow your body enough time to recover.

- Also, the day before your long run, you are running too far doing 10km. It should be a maximum of 3 to 4 miles (about 5km to 6.5km).

- Your schedule is very repetitive - if you have more variety you might find it easier to stick to in a few weeks' time. Instead of having 2 fartlek sessions a week I suggest you swap them for one interval session and one marathon or half marathon pace session.

- I would also vary the length of the mid week runs rather than consistently running 10km. The mid-week runs should probably range from 4 to 5 miles up to 8 to 10 miles depending on the type of session.

 I suggest that you look at the schedules under the training tab on this forum - you will find plenty of RW schedules designed in this way.

 I hope that helps and good luck with your training! For what it's worth I used the RW Garmin ready schedules from this website for the VLM this year and am using them again to train for the Munich marathon in October.

26/07/2010 at 13:37
Hi rzc1,

Thanks for the tips, I've taken them all on board. I wasnt aware there were training plans on this site, I've had a good look at them and tweaked my schedule accordingly (they seem to comply with your advice!).

Just a couple more questions and I'll be out your way!
By marathon pace, do you mean slower than usual? So if I was aiming for a 5 hour marathon, 5 miles at marathon pace is roughly an hour. (Just seems really slow to me).

Also, the schedules mention hill runs and off road runs. Living in London I cant recall there being any hills nearby, and the closest I can get to off road are the grass fields in the local park. Will these do?

We'd love you to add a comment! Please login or take half a minute to register as a free member
3 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump  

RW competitions

RW Forums