Just a thought Pete, but it might be useful to know the context for your
track training, i.e. how will you conduct the rest of your training
(weekly mileage, LSD, long 'n fast) ???
*If* I were building up to a marathon (I've never run one) I would
PRIORITISE my weekly training in the following order:
1) Pure Distance - the infamous LSD, building up towards the 20+
2) Long 'N Fast - if you're a 'seasoned' runner you should be able to
3) Speed - e.g. 800 - 2000m repeats with other variables
All of these facets play their part, but no point in stressing the track
work if you don't practice fast continual running (60 + mins???). And no
point in emphasising that part of your training regime till you've got
the fundamental endurance you'll need on the day.
And, of course, these points of focus are not clearly delineated. For a
newer runner there probably won't be much distinction between LSD and
Long 'N Fast. Start doing 'extended' repeats (3000m +) and it becomes
tantamount to a tempo run. Similarly for very short recoveries.
So the 'big picture' is always very important. Twice a week down on the
track might (or might not) give you the best 'bang for the buck' for a
late Sept marathon.
Just as an aside, did you see the post about the sub 3:00 marathon with
walking breaks??? (Sorry, forgot who that was). I thought that was very
> I have recently found a running track nearby and so can get
> some interval training done.
> My goal is the Berlin Marathon in late September and I'd like
> advice on what sort of interval training I should do on the track.
> walk/jog recovery.
> My goal time for the marathon is 3H30. (PB is 3H37)
> Question is, should I be doing longer reps? Or more reps? And
> am I doing too much recovery? Too little?
> I am prepared - and have the time - to do 2 track sessions a week.
> And could spend an hour each time if necessary.
> All advice welcome.
> Thanx in advance
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