Who got the exciting news that they have a ballot place for a Marathon in Spring 2019! I’ve see so many social media posts either celebrating the rare ballot place, sharing their fundraising or the disappointment of missing out…again!
As we start to approach the end of the year, many runners start to prepare their training plans for Spring Marathons. I regularly have patients or friends asking for my opinion, and I can’t stress enough how invaluable time is. We can’t borrow time or buy some more, which is why I always recommend training well before Christmas. These are the missing pieces to the puzzle to a marathon training plan.
Piece 1: Add the intensity of your daily activity onto your training plan. This will help display your weekly intensity to make sure you don’t do too much in a matter of days.
Here’s a video summarising all of the 5 tables above…
Piece 2: Have an adaptable training plan! What does this mean?
- Adapt the training plan to your weekly schedule, socials, birthday parties, parental duties/responsibilities, kids activities and anything else
- Have a training plan you can change incase you can’t run every mile on a particular day
It’s quite common for training plans to be considered as the instruction manual you have to abide to, in order to achieve your goal. By abiding to every mile, pace, distance or interval training your plan states when you feel tired from work, family, feeling ill or struggling with an injury can add unnecessary pressure. This unnecessary pressure could affect you physically, mentally and emotionally.
By having an adaptable training plan, and planning your training according to intensity levels, you can allow yourself to progress through your training in a safe way. You will relieve pressure on yourself, and give your mind and body the right amount of time to adjust and adapt to the training.
I’ve heard on numerous occasions from runners who are running themselves into the ground (please excuse the pun) by sticking to their training plan, and not listening to their body. By having a training plan which allows you to change the intensity, maybe add a couple more miles on another day, gives you options which I believe is very important.
What do you think about these aspects of a training plan? Is this something you’ve thought of in the past? Is this a good addition to your training plan? Let me know what you think