Marathon Training: Week 2 | Steve Gurney

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Marathon Training: Week 2

Duncan’s Target: Queenstown Marathon November 22nd 2014

How did you go with your first week of training for the Queenstown marathon?

Duncan got off to what appears to be a dismal start by missing 2 of his sessions!  It was a common reason, work got too busy. He only found the time to train after work, when it was too dark to see the trails, and this seemed just too hard and risky for spraining an ankle.

However, there is always a positive way to reframe and it only took a few minutes of problem solving to see his frustration converted into even stronger motivation. 

There are many alternatives, but Duncan was just too busy this week to think outside the square, and besides, the lure of a hot fire and warm dinner was just too much. (sound familiar?)

We just took a couple of minutes to brainstorm solutions:

a. Buy a headlamp. It’s worth getting a good bright one, that will also be useful for other things, and it’s a really fun adventure training in the dark now and then. (Worth getting a reflective band for ankles too, from a bike shop)

b. Do training in the morning before work

c. Walk to work or home from work, saving some time!

d. At least do some alternative such as swimming, bike on a wind-trainer indoors, or a gym class.

Next week we’ll discuss clothing, gear choice and nutrition for making those more adventurous training sessions even more fun.

The issue with being a weekend warrior

Duncan tried to make up for missing his mid-week sessions by doubling his weekend sessions. The problem with that is that it’s a massive load for a beginner, all on 2 consecutive days. I’ve designed the schedule, to allow your muscles, joints and metabolism to recover after a session, stronger and ready for the next session. This is either with a rest day, or later in the program by alternating easy sessions with hard sessions. So it’s important to be consistent, planning your week to fit in the 4 or 5 sessions.

As we sorted solutions to Duncan’s training, the smile returned to his face, excited with his goal to complete the Marathon, and how he was looking forward to being fit and healthy.


Marathon training schedule - Week 2

Remember, take it easy the first 2 or 3 weeks. It’s OK to halve the duration if you’re feeling sore or tired.

Thursday 26th

Walk 30 mins - easy effort - flat trails

Friday 27th

Rest day

Saturday 28th

Walk 60 minutes - easy effort - flat trails.

Sunday 29th

Walk 30 minutes - medium pace but still able to have a conversation (even better - walk with a mate) - flat or hills

Monday 30th

Rest day (or swim or bike or yoga or gym optional 30 mins)

Tuesday 1st

Walk 20 mins, jog 10 mins, walk 10mins - Medium pace - flat or small hills

Wednesday 2nd

Rest day (optional cross train eg swim, bike, yoga 30 mins)

Thursday 3rd

Walk 30 minutes - fast walk - small hills

Friday 4th

Rest day