Finally how to increase mileage Problem Solved
One of the biggest challenges many runners face is they fall behind in their training. Then they feel compelled to make up their workouts (especially the long runs). This can be a recipe for disaster. The author of this article gives insight into how to best increase your mileage & makes a compelling argument, based on his experience. against too many long runs.
In the lead-up to the 2017 Chicago Marathon, I completed fewer runs of 20 or more miles (just one) than I had before any of my preceding 40 marathons.
Recipe for disaster, right?
Not so. When race day came I cruised my way to a finish time of 2:39:30, breaking a personal best that had stood for eight years.
The lesson of this story is not that running less leads to better marathon outcomes—quite the opposite, in fact. Although I covered less distance in my longest individual runs before Chicago than I had before prior marathons, I ran more total miles, and that’s why I ran my best at age 46 in my 41st attempt at the distance.
The typical runner in marathon training focuses more on long-run mileage than on weekly mileage, but it’s better to do the opposite—and science proves it. A 1982 study by Ron Maughan of Scotland’s Aberdeen University, for example, found that average weekly training mileage was a much better predictor of performance in a marathon than the longest distance of a single training run.
More recent research has yielded similar conclusions. In a 2011 study, Giovanna Tanda reported that recreational runners who ran more weekly miles produced better marathon times than runners who covered more average distance per run in training.
Let’s be clear: This evidence isn’t telling us it’s “bad” to do long runs over 20 miles. What it’s telling us is that these sessions have relatively little value by themselves, and what matters more is what you do the rest of the week. Simply put, you’re better off as a marathoner running 60 miles per week, including 18 miles on Sunday, than running 50 miles per week with 22 on Sunday.
Convinced? Good. Now let’s talk about how to increase your running mileage during marathon training. There are three basic ways to do so, and they should be adopted in a carefully-ordered sequence, beginning with the measure that offers the best risk/reward ratio and moving on from there.
Run more frequently.
If you ran less than six times per week in your last marathon cycle, work your way toward running at least six times per week for the next one. Each run you add to your weekly routine will yield a little more fitness. True, the returns are diminishing, such that going from, say, three to four runs per week will give you less of a boost than going from two to three runs. But even going from five to six or six to seven runs per week could shave minutes off your marathon time.
As with most things in running, it’s important to make these changes gradually. Don’t jump straight from three or four runs per week to six or seven runs. Add one at a time, and make that added run very short initially—perhaps only two or three miles. To make the transition even gentler, consider doing the extra run every other week and a nonimpact cross-training session in alternate weeks for the first month or so.
Do a second long(er) run each week.
Once you’re running more or less every day (and you don’t necessarily have to stop there—I ran 10 times per week in my Chicago Marathon build-up), the next most impactful way to increase your weekly running mileage without undue risk is to add a second long run to your weekly routine. In most instances, this workout should come a few days before the long run you’re already doing.
Your second long run of the week need not be as long as the first, and it should often include some faster running. Examples are long runs with surges (e.g., 12 miles with the first 2:00 of the middle 8 miles run at 10K race pace) and long progression runs (e.g., 13 miles with miles 10, 11, and 12 each run 15 seconds faster than the preceding). Like your other key workout types, your second long run should follow a general pattern of becoming gradually more challenging as you draw closer to your marathon.
Make every run a little longer.
Too often, runners who are seeking to increase their weekly mileage in marathon training do so by increasing the distance of most or all of the runs in their existing weekly routine. However, this measure offers a less favorable risk-reward ratio than those already discussed. It’s a proven principle of marathon training that easy days should be a lot easier than hard days, as this allows the athlete to attain higher workloads without failing to get adequate recovery. Adding distance to all of your runs goes against this principle.
Nevertheless, as you gain fitness and experience, and as your overall training tolerance increases, you can safely lengthen all of your runs and gain some benefit.
Avoid deploying this measure within a single marathon cycle. In other words, don’t try to go from four miles to eight miles on easy days between Week 1 and Week 14 of your present marathon build-up. Instead, go from four-mile easy runs in this cycle to six-mile easy runs in the next, to eight-mile easy runs in the one after that.
But First: Slow Down!
If you’re doubtful you can increase your weekly running mileage in any of these ways without wearing yourself out or breaking down, it might be because you’re running too fast. Research by Stephen Seiler of the University of Agder in Norway and others has shown that runners of all ability levels improve most when they spent about 80 percent of their total training time at low intensity—specifically, below what’s known as the ventilatory threshold (VT), which falls around 78 percent of maximum heart rate.
The average recreationally competitive runner does half of his or her training just above this threshold, at moderate intensity, which is significantly more stressful to the nervous system. As a consequence, runners caught in the “moderate-intensity” rut never fully process the fatigue they accrue from any amount of running they choose to do, causing them to feel as if they’re always near their limit and unable to handle more.
Even if you have no intention of increasing your running mileage, you should determine where your VT lies (which is easy if you already know your lactate threshold heart rate, as VTHR equals approximately 96 percent of LTHR) and redistribute your training intensities to ensure you’re consistently doing 80 percent of your running (measured in time, not distance) at low intensity.
When you do, you’re likely to find that you generally feel fresher and perform better in runs that are meant to be done at higher intensities. And, as a side benefit, you just might find that you actually want to run more miles when you train for your next marathon.
The video went viral on Tuesday, but the story behind this Marine Vet is truly inspiring.
Many people run races for a charity or someone whom they love or care for very much. The Boston Marathon allows many entrants from various charities who can then raise tens of thousands of dollars.
The story of this Marine Vet is moving because he simply wouldn’t give up his quest to cross the finish line no matter how much he was hurting.
Marine vet running Boston Marathon to honor fallen comrades completes race crawling across finish line
A viral video from Monday’s Boston Marathon shows Marine veteran Micah Herndon crawling across the finish line to complete his race after suffering from severe leg cramps.
The 31-year-old Marine vet told the Record-Courier that he entered the Boston Marathon in honor of three comrades who lost their lives in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010.
It was an IED explosion he survived.
“Survivor’s guilt, it’s real,” Herndon told The Washington Post. “I definitely have it because I was the lead machine-gunner on that convoy and I didn’t see that bomb that was buried. I live with that every day.”
A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Herndon deployed in 2010 to Marjah, Afghanistan, with the “Lava Dogs,” a nickname for 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, headquartered out of Hawaii, the Record-Courier reported.
During that deployment, Herndon’s unit struck three IEDs, the first one claimed the lives of two friends Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard, and a British journalist Rupert Hamer, according to the Record-Courier.
The third strike tore through Herndon’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, launching him from the the gunner’s turret and knocking him unconscious, the Record-Courier reported.
Herndon said he now finds solace in running.
“I went from being in a war zone one day to trying to live a normal life the next day. We were going on three or more missions a day, constantly on guard and when I got back home, I was still in that mode. I never will be able to get over it, I don’t think, but I am coping. I am trying to get rid of the demons,” Herndon told the Record-Courier.
During the race, Herndon wore the names of the three who lost their lives in the Afghanistan IED blast on the his shoes, according to a Facebook photo.
According to race statistics, Herndon completed the Boston Marathon in three hours and 38 minutes and finished 11,334 overall.
“There’s a reason why I’m here,” he told the Post. “I’m just trying to find out what that reason is for.”
Many people dream of running a marathon, but few are able to make this dream a reality. 26.2 miles just seems like an impossible distance, especially if you are only used to running a few miles at most. However, with the right training program, anyone can run a marathon. By using the following marathon training tips, you can reach the finish line more quickly than you ever thought possible.
The first thing you need to do before training for a marathon is to have a complete physical exam done so that your doctor can clear you for the race. If there are any health conditions that could prevent you from running, you need to find out about these before you start training.
You might be tempted to keep your desire to run a marathon a secret, but resist this temptation. Instead, share your goal with as many people as possible. Tell your friends, your family members, your co-workers, and your neighbors. The more people there are who know of your goal, the more accountable you will be. When dozens of people keep asking you how your training is going, you will find it much easier to stick with your training program.
Decide how you want to approach the marathon and why you are doing it. Just wanting to finish may not be a specific enough goal. Is there a certain time you want to achieve? Are you running to support a cause, or to celebrate someone’s memory? Why you are running the marathon can affect how you decide to train for it.
The more specific your training plan, the more likely you will be to achieve your goals. If you are having trouble coming up with an effective plan, look online for help, or seek out assistance from a running coach or personal trainer. How far you can currently run will determine the time frame for your training program.
For example, if you can run 3 to 5 miles a day with ease, you should be able to prepare for a marathon within five months. If you are only able to run a mile or two each day, you may need to train for longer before you are ready. You can also start out with a half-marathon first, since these races are only 13 miles.
Do not push yourself too hard when preparing for a marathon. If you overexert yourself, you put yourself at risk of incurring injuries that will prevent you from racing. Try not to increase your mileage by any more than 10 percent each week. Adding too many miles too quickly puts a real strain on your body that can actually hold you back and make it harder to prepare.
Running a marathon can be a great experience, and once you complete your first one, you may be ready for another. By using the right marathon training tips, you can have the race of your life, even if you are just a beginning distance runner.
The idea of running a marathon to completion intrigues and motivates many different people. It is quite the accomplishment, no matter if you end up walking across the finish line or sprinting. Your personal objectives and goals will determine how you train, but one thing for sure is it requires some training to finish a marathon. Slightly over 26 miles is not a small goal by any means.
There are three things you must realize from the very beginning. First, you need to train well ahead of time so that a progressive schedule can have you ready for the big event. Second, you’re going to have to run consistently during this training period, building up to the 26 miles. Third, as you’re building up and consistently running, you’re going to have to make sure you take “break days.” You don’t want to run every single day just as you wouldn’t want to work out your muscles as a body builder every single day. Your body needs ample rest.
Depending on how far along you are as a distance runner is going to determine where you begin with your training. This might just be your first marathon, and you might not be used to distance running at all. As a matter of fact, a large percentage of participants in the major marathons each year are first time marathon runners!
For the sake of finding common ground, start training at least three months before the marathon, a 12 week period. If you’re a regular runner, you train somewhat all year round, except maybe you don’t quite press on marathon style. When setting up your marathon training plan, you’re going to want to make sure that you determine where you are that specific point in time.
When it comes to constants, you’re going to be lifting weights, and you’re going to be running five days a week. Give yourself two days of rest for running and three days of rest for the muscle strength conditioning exercises. Follow a progressive program that has you adding distance at the start of each week to your run.
Ideally, when you reach the marker of three weeks before the marathon, you’re going to be taking on 20+ miles for your long run day. Now, before you get any further with this training plan, realize that it takes a time commitment to be able to train like this, especially when you’re running longer distances. And, you’re going to have to do the math to see what amount of distance you need to add to your long run each week to get to your goals. For example, if you started at six miles and you’re trying to get to 20+ miles three weeks before the marathon, you’re going to add approximately a mile and a half each week to your run.
Training for a marathon is no easy work, but it is a lifetime accomplishment that can’t be taken away. Do you have a friend that is wanting to train with you? Assess where you stand with long distance running, and develop your 12 week marathon training plan according to running, nutrition and muscle training exercises. You will do just fine.