Having a rough workout or two isn’t the end of the world.
The fall marathon season is almost in full swing and if you’re preparing to tackle 26.2 miles this fall it’s likely your marathon-specific training phase has recently started or is about to begin. While there are many different ways to approach the last six to eight weeks of your training plan, it’s safe to say that the next four to five weeks of training will be some of your most grueling: marathon simulation sessions, challenging long runs, and lots of miles in between.
During this time, having a rough day out on the roads is something that comes along with pushing your limits in training. While bad workouts are never something a runner looks forward to, they can be especially crippling in the final six weeks of training when you want to feel good and need the positive momentum. This is especially true for a daunting race like the marathon, which leaves you in a state of perpetual fatigue and irritability from training and, no matter how many times you’ve run one, is an intimidating distance to contemplate.
Over the following pages we’ll look at why having a rough workout or two in the middle of marathon training block is OK, and also outline some specific strategies you can follow to bounce back quickly.