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You just signed up for your 1st, 10th, th marathon. Sometimes we sign up for races a long way out and other times we sign up the week of. Naturally, running comes to mind.
But with so many plans available, how can you decipher the good from the bad and what will work best with your current life situation?
Here at Salty Running, we have outlined the Hansons and Lydiard methods, but because we are all different and we know that there are few things better than variety, here is the low down on the Pete Pftizinger Advanced Marathoning plans.
He won the Olympic Marathon Trials and went on to be the first American at the Olympics in Los Angeles later that year, finishing 11th. Not only was he super fast, but as a trained exercise physiologist he understands the adaptations that occur during marathon training.
Naturally of interest to me, Pete is a Kiwi, residing in New Zealand, my home country. Pete appeared on my radar after I sustained a tibial stress fracture in the spring. As much as one can enjoy being injured and having to cross-train, I did enjoy his pool running workouts much more than the ad hoc pool sessions I had been doing.
With this in mind and being cleared to run again, I thought it wise to do my due diligence on his marathon training plans. The recommended length of his marathon program is 18 weeks. This length allows adequate time for your body to make the necessary adaptations in terms of increased oxygen uptake, glycogen storage and recovery, as well as increasing your overall running economy. As someone with a tendency to overthink many aspects of life, a simplistic plan is ideal and helps to keep the stress of needing to come up with workouts to a minimum.
The beauty of these plans is that they are not specifically for high mileage runners. There is flexibility between schedules to suit runners with different histories, tendencies towards injury and so forth. Several different types of runs all serve a purpose and hopefully this review will be the quick and dirty you need to get going! General aerobic running — Less than 10 miles at a steady pace; not too fast, as it will become a lactate threshold run.
These are the standard, moderate miles that constitute the bulk of your training miles. Medium long runs — These serve to reiterate the training effects of long runs, however are not quite as long, usually miles. Long runs — Anything longer than 17 miles.
These workouts are hard and fast. They range from m to a mile.
Why do V02 max workouts while training for amrathoning Your V02 max is the maximum amount of oxygen that your heart is able to pump to your working muscles.
Your body will thank you for these increases in efficiency in the latter phases of your marathon. You can either use a current 15K or half time to calculate maratohning goal pace for these workouts. Depending on the length weeks and volume miles of program you ultimately settle with, lactate threshold workouts vary between four and seven miles. The principle of the lactate threshold run is that you are working at high intensity, thus producing more lactate than your body is able to clear.
Not surprisingly and sadlyyou can only maintain this pace for approximately km. The goal of these is to improve leg speed and to help any lingering form issues. Running at your goal pace is the only way for your body adanced get the physiological practice it needs. These runs can serve as great confidence boosters and are scheduled on medium long, or long run days.
These are the slowest and most restorative zdvanced runs. An added component of the Advancsd training plan which I think is commonly overlooked in many other plans is an additional five-week post marathon plan to help you recover from the marathon the first week is typically two easy runs and the rest are either cross-training or rest days and then gradually reintroduce some base miles.
Something that surprised me was that Pete does not recommend doing doubles unless asvanced are routinely running over 70 miles per week. This is another feature of the plan that I find particularly attractive. Sometimes you can feel disconnected from the running community if your goal race is a little off sync with the race that your buddies are doing.
Tune up races en route to your goal race are a great way to practice race day nutrition, paces, and clothing options while providing an opportunity for a hard workout which mentally pfitinger very important in the middle of a training cycle.
There are even specific plans for doing two marathons close together. Besides the obvious training plans outlined in much greater detail, nutrition, hydration, race day strategies and supplemental training are also addressed in detail.
This is an excellent resource for first timers and marathoinng veterans alike. I find myself referring to this text frequently and it has taken a permanent residence on my night stand. Marathhoning better, with the beauty of Amazon, it can be at your door tomorrow. I am pfitzinber working on my Ph. Together with my husband and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Gracie we battle to keep the Tupperware cupboard organized for more than two days at time.
I recently ran my first marathon 2: I like to ramble about running post injury, finding a work-life balance and running quickly. These always jived pretty well for me, although I always had trouble finding tune-up races. I always used the week plans, because 18 was just too much for me.
I like the recovery weeks and the mix of workouts, and definitely like the recovery plan after. I frequently found the early workouts to be intimidating, though — there are some substantial MP long runs early on that I never felt ready for and usually skipped. I did use these plans to run 3: That is an excellent point Tracy.
The only issue I had was doing shorter speed work at the end of the plan rather than the beginning like the s and s are all in the last month. But I loved the medium long runs. I felt really ready for my race.
Though I have many friends who used it. Specifically, I dislike the plan because it is too complex and too bunched together.
Pfitzinger’s Advanced Marathoning
Even the pro women in Michigan run marathhoning sane 9 day training weeks. I loved the flexibility and variability of the plan as you mentioned. I think his plans are solid and in general the book is a really good read.
I like how he explains WHY he does things the way he does- that helps me better understand purpose of workouts and I can execute better. Is it recommended to buy the Advanced Marathoning book to fully understand the plan?
This one sounds interesting! I like having books for easier reference but you can certainly find a large majority if not all of the book online. If you just want the specific plans they are easy to find. Found this and thought it might be of interest to you!
Pete Pfitzinger Marathon Training Plans – Salty Running
Pete Pfitzinger Marathon Training Plans. Posted by Pesto on August 17, Who is Pete Pfitzinger? Is this plan right for you? Are you looking to do more than finish a marathon? Do you want to run a marathon as fast as you can, without putting your life on hold? Do you enjoy a variety of different types of runs and workouts? The number of weeks until your target marathon: Rest or cross-training Tuesday: Recovery run, 6 miles with 6 x m strides Wednesday: Medium long run, 12 miles Thursday: Rest or cross training Friday: Lactate threshold, 11 miles with 6 miles at half marathon pace Saturday: Recovery, 5 miles Sunday: Long run, 20 miles An added component of the Pfitz training plan which I think is commonly overlooked in many other plans is an additional five-week post marathon plan to help you recover from the marathon the first week is typically two easy runs and the rest are either cross-training or rest days and then gradually reintroduce some base miles.
Other areas of interest A word about doubles Something that surprised me was that Pete does not recommend doing doubles unless you are routinely running over 70 miles per week.
Typical macrocycle consisting of five specific mesocycles Tune up races This is another feature of the plan that I find particularly attractive. Give it a try! Have you used a Pfitzinger plan?
Pesto I am currently working on my Ph. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. I am certainly a fan of the medium long runs as well!
Little nugget to store away for a later date: