[quote]going to the well wrote:
OK, I've never really seen those workouts strung together in this way for marathon training, especially so close to the race. what good does the 6 mile tempo a week before the race do you, confidence builder? Stay sharp? (it doesn't help your fitness on race day, that's for sure)
what's your PB, so we can verify if we should listen to your advice? I want to hear more about this framework
Great questions. I have run 2:18 and 1:05. When I began training myself under this program (which is constantly evolving) I went from having a 5k pr of 14:10 and only running 2:27 for the marathon, down to my pr for the marathon and half. This training worked for me and I have been able to perform at my peak when I want to, consistently.
The last month of training has no fitness benefits, it is all about recovering and absorbing the training from the previous 4 months. Mileage drops from 130s to 120,110, 95, 75. I like to do the six mile tempo because it is very specific to MP, gives practice at changing paces, intense enough not to feel stale, yet short enough not to increase fatigue.
I also live at altitude, so HMP at altitude equals sea level MP, so everything the last 3 weeks is at MP +/- 10s.
To add more context here are the four weeks leading up to it.
53 days: 4x5k @HMP, 1k recovery in 4min
49 days: 16mile tempo @MP
45 days: 4mi, 3mi, 2mi, 1mi @HMP 3:10 0.5mi run recovery
42 days: 3 hour long run 28miles
38 days: 3x1mi, 5x1k @ 10K pace, 105s 400 interval
34 days: 17mi varying pace tempo, 8MP,1HMP,4MP,1HMP,3MP
30 days: 10x1k @10k, w/ 400 run interval in 95s
26 days: continuous run, 3wu, 4mi HMP, 10mi MP+60s, 4mi HMP, 2mi cd
Much of this is based off of workouts from Daniels, structure of Lydiard, with a bit of intensity and frequency borrowed from Canova.
Back to the OP question. I feel like 2x6mi is a workout that just isn't effective. I have run it in the past and feel it is too draining the last 3 miles. It may have something to do with being at altitude. Still, I think the standing/ jogging rest is just too non specific for marathon stuff.