Friday, August 26, 2016

Train smart to get race ready!

Six weeks to Eversource Hartford Marathon race day!!  

While every runner may have different race goals for their 26.2, 13.1 or 3.1 miles, there are some training principles that can help everyone get stronger in the final weeks.

From Jeff Galloway, the knowledgeable running legend and coach, “How to Double Your Endurance in 6 Weeks” shares strategies for making your miles count and explains how slowing down can help build you up.

The Runner’s World story, “Late Entry”, addresses getting back into race shape within 28 days of training.  Author Liz Plosser provides tips for 5K runners, half marathoners and the few people that could tackle the marathon with a short training window.

If you’re really considering marathon training in 30 days, check out the fitness check-list that Marathon Basics put together before taking the plunge!

Ideally, you should be comfortable with long runs of 7-8 miles with 6 weeks to go if you're considering the half.  If you’re not up to that distance yet, consider running the marathon team relay with friends - you can take multiple legs so you’re running more than a 5K but not pushing outside your training too far.  If you really want that half distance, see what Competitor’s "Ask Mario" has to say about that.

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