Pre-training Marathon Training Plan

Finally, the semester is over. Exams are for all intents and purposes complete, I still have one take home exam to complete tomorrow, but other than that I am done. With the completion of the semester means I can turn my attention from accounting to marathon running, actually marathon training. Well, more accurately pre-training marathon training.

I have six weeks before I begin my serious training regimen for my 6th Marine Corps Marathon, but unlike my first years where I would just start training the day the plan started this year I plan to take a different approach.

I am starting now with what I am going to call my pre-training. My goal is to increase my physical fitness so that when I dive into the Bellfrey Marathon training plan I don’t die, or worse hurt myself.

My pre-training will include:

  1. daily mobility and rolling
  2. daily push-ups (at least 50-this is for a different, equally important goal)
  3. daily squats (daily quantity will be dependent on how well my hip flexors lengthen due to 1)
  4. daily lunges
  5. daily abs
  6. strength training three times a week

My goal with this pre-training plan is not only to prevent injury, but also to center my mind and body on my goal. By making these minor changes in focus and execution my hypothesis is that I will have the most successful marathon to date. I have already noticed that my focused effort on rolling has made a huge difference in my hip flexors. I can feel how much easier my hips move when I walk and run. I also don’t have as much pain in my hips and lower back area.

It is the little things that will have the biggest impact on my success. For instance I slightly tweaked my lunge technique, I made sure that my descent was slow and controlled, rather than my typical rapid fire get these things over with technique of years past. As a result of this slight modification, I have noticed an increased in my leg strength (not to mention a nice little muscle definition) and honestly less fatigue and muscle soreness.

That is probably been one of my biggest lessons, try new things (not too many all at once) and see what works. What worked one year may not work the next, what worked for your friend may definitely not work for you. This year, MCM number 6, the year of the count on two hands marathon count, I’m going to make some tweaks and see what happens. I have been pretty stagnant in my progress, so these slight tweaks will hopefully provide exponential results.

What about you, do you have tweaks you are planning on making? If so what are they? Jot them down in the comments section and as always thanks for reading.


Doing something is better than doing nothing

I have always enjoyed learning. If I could be a full time student and still maintain some level of income that would allow me to eat, have a roof over my head and run all the races I desire that is what I would be; a professional student.

However, I must admit this semester of classes has been more stressful than enlightening. Part of the frustration is one of my professor’s is horrible….reads straight from the text book horrible. The other portion of that frustration is that said horrible professor’s class screws up with my running schedule. I end up missing my Thursday run and my week just goes off the rails.

I am looking forward to the end of the semester when I can resume my normal level of gym going and outside running. I feel emotionally drained and feel lost when I can’t get in my normal level of endorphin boosting routines. This semester has truly been the first time when juggling life and running has been nearly impossible to achieve.

Doing something, no matter how small,  is better than doing nothing at all.

Despite not being able to do my normal level of movement, I have found other ways to improve myself as an athlete. I stretch and foam roll while studying, I even got a lacrosse ball to roll the heck out of my feet while sitting at my desk. I find other little ways to stay in the game. That’s really been a big lesson, doing something, no matter how small,  is better than doing nothing at all.