There’s a reason that most marathon training plans are 16 weeks. The “+” is necessary to ensure that you have a running base or foundation, so as you increase your weekly mileage, you don%u2019t get hurt. However, it’s possible to train for fewer weeks and still be able to complete a marathon.
The following video shows details of how a young lady from Los Angeles trained for and not only successfully completed a marathon, but qualified for Boston in only 10 weeks. I would like to point out that these results are not typical and I wouldn’t typically recommend that a beginner runner embark on a training period so short. I would like to point out the the reasons this worked.
- The age of the athlete is noteworthy. It appears she’s in her 20s and was somewhat fit when she started the training.
- Her lowest weekly mileage was 45 miles. This was her first week. I’m not certain what her weekly mileage totals weeks 2-10. may seem like a lot of miles for a beginner (& it is), but marathon training requires a lot of mileage in order to achieve a decent/goal time.
- She used the services of a certified coach. This is really important. Because the coach assessed her running form and suggested corrections on day 1 that helped her run more efficiently & avoid injury. The coach helped keep her motivated throughout the training and also helped her develop a race plan to further boost her confidence on marathon day.
- She went to a running shoe store and got the most appropriate shoes for her running gait & ability. Unbelievably, she actually started running with a shoe that was 1 size too small.
- She trained with a group. This was essential to keep her motivated and improve throughout the 10 week training period.
The video quickly takes you through the athlete’s journey. Also very noteworthy is the discovering of her “why.”
This is a fun video that can motivate & help runners learn about how your confidence and body develops while you train for a long race.