Training & Plans

Marathon Training Plan

If you are out of condition or are running or jogging for the first time, you should build up your general fitness, capacity and speed very gradually. Don't be in a hurry, and don't be a hero. At this stage it is not important how fast or how far you can run. What is important is how you feel. If you get breathless, ease off and walk for a while. Use the talk test: you should be able to make conversation with your buddy while running. That means you are maintaining the right speed for you. If you are breathless, it means you are too fast. Sometimes before breathlessness occurs, your calf muscles may become stiff and start to hurt in protest. Do not push through the pain but ease off. Initially, beginners should only run alternate days. The schedule below is for advice only. Change and modify according to your needs:

WEEK DAYS
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7  
Week 1 4 km   4 km   5 km     Jog-Walk
Week 2 4 km   4 km   5 km     Jog-Walk
Week 3 5 km   4 km   5 km     Jog-Walk
Week 4 5 km   4 km   5 km     Jog-Walk
Week 5 6 km   5 km   6 km   3 km Jog-Walk
Week 6 6 km   5 km   6 km   3 km Jog-Walk
Now cut down on the walking and increase the jogging
Week 7 7 km   5 km   7 km   3 km  
Week 8 7 km   5 km   7 km   4 km  
Week 9 7 km   6 km   8 km   3 km  
Week 10 8 km   6 km   8 km   4 km  

Tips

  • Do not run after a meal. Wait for at least three hours.
  • You may feel like doing much more - resist the temptation till the first two months are over. Since you are still unfit, there is a danger of injury. It is advisable not to be an injured hero.
  • You may feel sluggish on some days. Just Walk-Jog from lamp-post to lamp-post, or bus stop to bus stop, or signal to signal.
  • If you have missed running turns due to a busy schedule or illness, don't try and make up for it. Just restart but at a level slower than your last one. Your body would have slowed down and needs time to rev up again.

Style

  • Run in your own natural style; you will feel more relaxed.
  • Do not tense your neck and shoulders and don't grit your teeth or frown. Do not clench your fists. Curl your fingers lightly with your thumb resting gently on top of the index finger.
  • Hold your arms easily at your side, forearms facing each other and bent slightly above the hip bone, and at the waist.
  • Look straight ahead of you, five metres ahead on the road. Do not look down; it will make you slouch, ruin your posture and hinder your run.

The Foot Position

  • When you run, do not land on your toes. Land as gently as possible on the ball of your foot and heel - almost like a flat foot. It gives you a spring in your step and prepares you for the next step forward.
  • Do not lift the knees high.
  • Maintain a natural stride length.
  • Avoid the sitting posture - i.e. when your knees are slightly bent. This happens when you lean slightly back. It prevents the legs from being straight, ruins your posture and cuts your momentum.
  • When running uphill, lean forward slightly from the waist - do not slouch or bend forward. Shorten your steps slightly.

Breathing

Breathe naturally through your nose and mouth, as deeply and rhythmically as possible.

Cooling Down

Repeat the same exercises as you did during the warm up. This is necessary because after running, muscles tighten and shorten up. They must be stretched out. It will prevent you from being sore and help your heart rate to slow down and get back to normal.

Half Marathon Training Plan

Ten Week Training Program Do a few easy stretches before every workout

1st week
Monday 7km - Easy Run. Should be able to talk while running.
Tuesday Rest. Do loosening, stetching & Abdominal exercises
Wednesday 5km - Easy Run
Thursday Rest/ Exercises
Friday 4km. Easy Run
Saturday 7km. Easy Run
Sunday Rest
2nd week
Monday 9km. Easy Run
Tuesday Rest/ Exercises
Wednesday 5km - Fast/ Steady Run
Thursday Rest/ Exercises
Friday 5km - Easy/ Relaxation
Saturday 8km - Easy/ Relax Run
Sunday Rest
3rd Week
Monday 9km - Easy/ Relaxed Run
Tuesday Rest/ Exercises
Wednesday Warm up - 1km, Up Hill Run - 6 x 75 mts incline, walk down. Cooldown/ Limberdown- 1km
Thursday Rest/ Exercises
Friday 5km - Easy/ Relaxed Run
Saturday 9km - Easy Run
Sunday Rest
4th Week
Monday 7km - Easy / Relaxed Run
Tuesday Rest/ Exercises
Wednesday Warm up- 1km, Up Hill Run- 8 x 75 mts (walk down). Cooldown/ Limberdown- 1km<
Thursday Rest/ Exercises
Friday 5km - Easy/ Relaxed Run
Saturday 11km - Easy/ Relaxed Run
Sunday Rest
5th Week
Monday 9km - Easy Run
Tuesday Rest/ Exercises
Wednesday Warm up- 1km, 5 x 800 mts repeat (quite fast) with 400mts walk/jogg/rest in between. Limber down - 2km
Thursday Rest/ Exercises
Friday 6km - Easy/ Relaxed Run
Saturday 12km - Easy
Sunday Rest
6th Week
Monday 9km - Easy/ Relaxed Run
Tuesday Rest/ Exercises
Wednesday Warm up- 1km, up hill run (repeats) 10 x 75mts hill (walk down). Cooldown/ Limberdown - 2km
Thursday Rest/ Exercises
Friday 5km - Easy Run
Saturday 14km - Easy Long Run
Sunday Rest
7th Week
Monday 8km - Easy/ Relaxed Run
Tuesday Rest/ Exercises
Wednesday Warm up- 1km, 10 x 300mts- Repeats with 100mts walk/ Jogg in between. Cooldown/ Limberdown - 2km
Thursday 5km - Easy Long Run
Friday Rest/ Exercise
Saturday 16km - Easy Long Run
Sunday Rest
8th Week
Monday 8km - Easy Run
Tuesday Rest/ Exercises
Wednesday 6km - Quite fast
Thursday 5km - Easy Run
Friday Rest
Saturday 16 - 17km - Easy/ Relaxed Long Run
Sunday Rest
9th Week
Monday 8km - Easy/ Relaxed Run
Tuesday Rest/ Exercises
Wednesday Warm up - 1km, 5km Quite fast, Cooldown - 1km
Thursday Rest/ Exercises
Friday 5km - Easy Run
Saturday 13km - Easy Run
Sunday Rest
10th Week
Monday 7km - Easy/ Relaxed Run
Tuesday Rest/ Exercises
Wednesday Warm up- 1km, 8 to 10 strides (quite fast, repeats) of 120mts. Limberdown - 2km
Thursday Rest/ Exercises
Friday 7km - Easy Run
Saturday Rest
Sunday Race

- By Savio D 'Souza Disclaimer: You are advised to take the suggestion of a professional trainer who will advice you depending on your health and medical condition. The above are only advisory.

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