Tom - Congrats on your marathon on 2 days/week!
1. Are you really resting all week? (no other exercise)
Yes, complete rest. No other exercise the rest of the week
2. Do you always run the same distance on Sat and Sun?
Saturdays are my long run. Sundays I try to run what I can after Saturday's long run. Typically I do 2.5 hrs on Saturday and 2 to 2.5 hrs on Sunday.
I often start Sunday runs with sore legs... I consider running on sore legs part of my training, sort of how they feel after mile 17 or so.
3. Are they always the same pace?
Yes, pretty much the standard Long Slow Run pace.
4. When you ramp up distance prior to a marathon, is it a steady progression, or do you insert some recovery weeks?
Any increases are usually steady progressions by no more than 15 to 20 minutes per run
There are no planned recovery weeks. I pretty much go out intending to run as much as I can on both Sat/Sun
Plus my "recovery week" would be the 5 days that I don't run, so there should be no need for actual recovery weeks
5. Has this been your running schedule for a long time now?
Only for the past year or so. Prior to that, I ran 1.5 hrs per run x 2 days or 3 hrs per week, about 20 - 22 mile weeks. I was able to complete Half-Marathons on that training, my PR was a 1:42
I wouldn't recommend my training schedule to anyone... but it's worked for me.
The only real problem I had with my last marathon was tapering the 2-3 weeks prior to the race. I pretty much didn't taper except for the last weekend before the race when I reduced to 3.5 hrs/wk (2 hrs Sat/1.5 Sun).
The Saturday before the marathon, I cut short the run and only ran 30 minutes.
So come marathon Sunday my legs were relatively fresh for the 26.2
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