THE DISTANCE COACHING
AN EDUCATED APPROACH TO RUNNING PROGRAM DESIGN
So, you want to run your first Marathon? Not sure how to train for it? This program is for you.
This program assumes that you already run - you may have already done a half marathon or a few 10km races and can currently manage training runs of up to 10km.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS PROGRAM
This plan progresses through 3 weeks of general conditioning to prepare you, before an 11 week Marathon specific phase (which will see your longest run of 32km and longest total week of 60km), prior to entering a 2 week taper.
At The Distance, our running programs are designed using training fundamentals proven to enhance performance. Inserted strategically each week are various forms of aerobic, anaerobic and high intensity running specific training sessions.
Consistency is the key to this program and you have a minimum of 3 recovery days per week. None of these individual sessions are super tough but this program will get you to the start line in really good shape as a result of the overall work, so do your best to complete every session.
Easy means Easy!!! Really focus on sticking to the prescribed pace for every session. There are many reasons for running slowly/easily. Do not be tempted to run too fast - save that for when the program asks you to run fast, and race day!
Never shorten your warm up or cool down - its a sure way to get injured. If you are pushed for time, I'd prefer you to cut the main session short.
GUIDE TO PACING:
This program prescribes many different paces:
F = Fast (95%+)
S/F = Solid / Fast (90-95%)
S = Solid (80-90%)
M/S = Moderate / Solid (70-80%)
M = Moderate (60 – 70%)
E/M = Easy/Moderate (50-60%)
E = Easy (up to 50%)
R = Race Pace (pace that you will aim to race at)
With a passion for anatomy and the physiology of exercise, our head coach is an accomplished age group Marathon and Cross Country runner, Ironman Triathlete and 2 time World Championship representative. He is a accredited Lvl 2 Advanced Athletics Australia running coach and holds a B.App.Sci. (Human Movement) and Post Grad.Dip. (Exercise Science)
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