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Old 05-10-2007, 07:18 PM   #41
Matthew McCarty
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I would do just 8 or 9 miles and leave it at that. Try and run it faster each time. When the Marathon comes you will easily be able to do 3 times your training distance.
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Old 05-10-2007, 08:23 PM   #42
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Great - that's just the answer I was looking for.
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:18 AM   #43
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Re: Training for a marathon without running?

Even though this is an old thread, I received so much good input that I felt I owed those who contributed a bit of an update on my progress:

Unfortunately, there has been none.

I immediately started a program using much of the advice on this thread, but very shortly after posting, my entire training program fell apart to the point that I've barely worked out at all since June.

Within about a month of starting this thread, I went back to school full time (while continuing to work full time), my wife started a very demanding new job, the kids were let out of school for the summer, some important house projects came up, we had a death in the family, and another family member was diagnosed with cancer. I'm not usually one to make excuses, but I have to admit that the pressure on my time and mental state has just been too much. Just balancing school and work alone has been much more time-comsuming and difficult than I expected.

Anyway, while I'm not embarking on any ambitious fitness projects any time too soon, I am at least re-committing to my workouts with my only fitness goal right now being to exercise regularly and at least maintain my current fitness level. I'm finished with school next summer, and then my workout program will become my only focus outside of work and family. At that time I'll revisit the possibility of doing a marathon next fall

Thanks again for all the advice...I will put it to use eventually!
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:17 AM   #44
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Re: Training for a marathon without running?

Here's another data point to share for those looking to train for marathons on "minimal" running.

I've used the following routine for the past year completing a handful of trail 50km's in the middle of the pack.

Day 1: Crossfit / biking
Day 2: 30 minutes of interval running at 95% heart rate
Day 3: Crossfit / biking
Day 4: 60 minutes of tempo running >75% heart rate
Day 5: rest
Day 6: 20 mile trail run (long and slow)
Day 7: rest or crossfit depending on how i felt (usually rest)
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