Maintaining Your Speed During Marathon Training

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Oct. 17, 2013
Just because you're training for a marathon doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your speed. Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Incorporate these three types of workouts into your training plan to ensure you keep your short speed intact. 

While the fall may seem like a lifetime away, especially when you haven’t had a chance to enjoy your summer vacation yet, now is the time to begin laying the foundation for your fall marathon training cycle. Building a base and improving your aerobic system is critical if you want to run your fastest possible marathon a few months from now.

But what about all those fun and competitive 5K races you have lined up this summer? While you’re willing to sacrifice a few seconds off your 5k PR for a great marathon finish, you don’t want to completely tank all of your summer races. So, how do you keep your speed for the summer races while developing your base and ramping up the miles for marathon training? The solution is disguising your speed training.

Over the following pages we’ll explain why it’s important to keep up your short-distance speed and provide three types of workouts to ensure you run well at your shorter summer races while still focusing on the marathon.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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