- You have comfortably run a 21K before or more
- Your 42k is 5 to 6 months away
Points to remember
- Your Sunday long run is your marathon practice. Everything else is a support activity.
- Nutrition – Running long in like driving long – you need fuel. More carbs to take you longer, more protein to fix damaged muscles, more water to keep your body temperature low, more electrolytes (SALT) so that everything keeps functioning well. Vitamin D supplements, Vitamin B12 supplements, Fish Oil supplement, Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic!
- Leg strength day is to make sure you don’t get injured. Don’t miss it. Body forgets easily so two sessions a week is needed. You can also mix it with a small run day or have its own day. Cycling hills or even cycling alone is leg strength but not for all muscles that are needed in running.
- Speed sessions are important because they will make you an efficient runner and point out any issues quickly in the form of an injury.
- Hill sessions are important because they will exercise your heart and lungs the most and make your oxygen processing efficient.
- Rest days – Before your long run not after!. After is recovery run
- Two sessions a day – whoever can do it will teach your body that it must recover faster. Don’t try to get to it soon but remember why its important. If you tell your body that you are needed again in 8 hours, it will try its best to get ready!!!
- Cycling, Swimming, Yoga, Walking – To increase your running stamina you can choose to cycle for longer than 2.5 hours and you will have an impact on running. If you swim, you lungs and heart health will get better for running.
- Muscle endurance vs Muscle Strength – In the gym for any exercise, if you can do 16-18-20 reps then you are building muscle endurance (red muscle fiber). This will help you do better in your marathon. If the weight is so much that you can only do 4-5-6 reps then you are building muscle strength (white muscle fiber). This will help you to remain injury free.
- Plyometric – Its important because many muscles like your calves need extra strength. Very few gyms have those equipment to make them strong. So the alternate is to do this which will make your calves and other muscles stronger.
- Chief coach – You are your own chief coach because you need to balance training, family, partying etc. Everything else is a guideline. You will need to tweak the plan to fit into your schedule.
- Does it feel like work? – If yes then you may be training too much or not eating well or not resting enough. Its not supposed to feel like that. Review your training plan. Review your nutrition.
- Foam Rolling / Massage – Sometimes no amount of stretching is going to relax and recover your muscles. You need to do foam rolling and get a massage.
- Recovery – Are you fully recovered before your next session? If not, add carbs, protein, salt, water, foam rolling, massage and believe it or not, twice a day sessions to see yourself recover faster than before.
- Don’t combine weight loss with marathon training – if you do, then you may end up getting injured. Marathon training requires massive amounts of fuel. You may overeat and gain a little weight but if you combine your weight loss goal with marathon training you will end up getting injured.
- Discipline – The more disciplined you are the easier is the execution of this plan! However humans are not robots. Its ok to skip sessions but then don’t try to double down on the next session to cover up. Its not going to happen and you may injure yourself.
- Optimal time for marathon training – Its like figuring out how to climb that peak – should you climb from the steeper side or the easier side? Depends on your fitness level. This is six months plan. You may need 4 months. Some others may need 12 months!
- Listening to your body – You must learn to distinguish between normal aches and pains and injuries. If the pain has not gone away after two to three days rest or you always get a pain at a particular spot, you need to research on it.
- Post your marathon – Don’t become a fat pig by eating as much and not running as much. Portion control post your marathon is a must! Don’t become a marathoner with a paunch!!!
- Building in slack – Fitness should be a way of life and not a one time marathon thing. After a marathon you don’t need to do an ultra! Its ok to do a 5K or a 10K. You need to build in slack into your schedule so that it does become a way of life and does not become monotonous. One week (9 days including weekends on both sides) is a good slack every three months. Rest day is good in a week.
|5 KMs Recovery run||Option 1|
|Interval training 5 times 1km||Option 1|
|Interval Training 2 times 5KM||Option 2|
|Interval Training 1 time 10KM||Option 3|
|Hill run 10 KM||Option 4|
|Long run 21, 23, 25,27,30,32, 36, 41||Pick one of the distances. You can go back on the distance. But not three weeks in a row. E.g. you can do 21 then 23 then 25 then 21 then 27.|
|Skipping – Sets of 500/250/150|
|Soleus Plyometric jump|
|Jumping on and off a bench|
|Core Conditioning Warm up||Yes||Yes|
|Standing Knee to Elbow March|
|Standing Knee to Elbow CrissCross|
|CrissCross Mountain Climbers-Start|
|Hover w/side-to-side Shuffle|
|The Shimmy Back Extension|
|Hover w/Rotation to Side Hover|
|SkyDiver Back Extension|
|Plank on a balance ball|
|Dragon Flag Sideways|
|Lunges with the swiss ball|
|Lunges with Twist|
|Single leg Bridge|
|Sit ups of various kind (400 to 500)|
|Strength Training – Weight Training (See the details below)||Yes||Yes|
Endurance Training – First Month
Rest Only 15 Seconds between Sets. Goal Is To Keep Weight the Same as Reps Increase. 2 days a week
|Exercise||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Incline Hammer Strength Chest Press||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Standing Pull Downs||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Seated Shoulder Raises||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|One Arm Standing Tricep Press||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Seated One Arm Curls||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Seated Quad Extensions||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Seated Independent Calf Press||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Dumbbell Press ups||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Dumbbell Side Lifts||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Dumbbell Front Lifts||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Push ups/Elevated Pushups||3×12||3×15||3×20||3×25|
|Stretch Cord – Free||3×50||3×60||3×70||3×80|
|Stretch Cord – Fly||3×25||3×30||3×35||3×40|
|Stretch Cord – Stretch Straight||3×25||3×30||3×35||3×40|
|Stretch Cord – Finishes||3×25||3×30||3×35||3×40|
Strength Training – Second and Fourth Months
Rest – About 45 Seconds Between Sets – Increase weight as reps decreases. 3 days a week
|Exercise||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Incline Hammer Strength Chest Press||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Standing Pull Downs||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Seated Shoulder Raises||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|One Arm Standing Tricep Press||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Seated One Arm Curls||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Seated Quad Extensions||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Seated Independent Calf Press||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Dumbbell Press ups||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Dumbbell Side Lifts||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Dumbbell Front Lifts||3×12||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Stretch Cord – Free Red||3x50G||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Stretch Cord – Fly Red||3x50G||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Stretch Cord – Stretch Red||3x50G||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
|Stretch Cord – Finishes Red||3x50G||12-10-8||10-8-6||10-8-6|
Speed Training – Third month
Superset Exercises Grouped Together Increasing Rest Each Week.
- Week 1-30 Seconds Rest.
- Weeks 2 And 3-1 minute Rest.
- And Week 4-2 Minutes Rest.
Goal Is To Keep Speed at 1 Rep Per Second. 3 days a week
|Exercise||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Incline Hammer Strength Chest Press||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Standing Pull Downs||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Seated Shoulder Raises||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|One Arm Standing Tricep Press||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Seated One Arm Curls||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Seated Quad Extensions||3×12||3×10||2×10||10|
|Seated Independent Calf Press||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Dumbbell press ups||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Dumbbell Side Lifts||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Dumbbell Front raises||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Stretch Cord – Free||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Stretch Cord – Fly||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Stretch Cord – Stretch||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|
|Stretch Cord – Finishes||3×21||3×10||2×10||10|