ATC: Running Guide for Successful Marathons, Ultras, and More in 2015, Plus Why It’s Wise to Add in Functional Training

December 12, 2014
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Today Tawnee is joined, as always, by her old buddy Lucho to talk about… successful marathons, ultras, and more in the new year – plus why it’s wise to add in functional training, and…

  • Tawnee’s insight on why SUP is good for endurance athletes
  • Pregnancy and endurance training
  • Training advice for a second attempt at an ultra, and preventing what “went wrong” the first time including:
    – Improper fueling strategy (ultra rookie mistakes)
    – Too aggressive with my run/walk strategy (planned a 25min/5min run/walk…this worked well for 4-5 hours then I had to adjust)
    – Hip flexors became sore after 12 hours, nearly debilitating after 20 hours
    – Race was a 2.25 mile trail loop so aid station was available every 2 miles…became a crutch after mental fatigue took over
  • Tips on how to asses hip flexor strength and stability
  • Ready to get back to the marathon after time away with a 2:45 goal. Dabbling with Jack Daniels. JD seems all pace-based, so is there any point of using JD at all if I’ll be swapping paces for heart rates? Also: running mountains vs. flats, leg speed issues, periodization, etc.
  • Preparing for a flat road 100k in April at MAF but afraid that MAF pace will be too hot to handle for 100k. So, does it make any sense to adjust the bpm down to achieve a more sustainable pace? Or train at MAF and just adjust as needed on race day?
  • Training for short course triathlon and doing roughly 20 hours per week. If time is not a major constraint, what are the best things to add on top of a training program to improve performance that aren’t too physically taxing? Does this change depending on whether you are in base training vs peak of season?
  • Benefits of functional training in a endurance athlete’s schedule
  • Training for two marathons and an ultra in 2015 — need help on planning the training schedule!

Comments (2)

  • Nicola says:

    I have a question that’s rather specific. I’m a seventeen year old male and I would like to run a marathon on april 19th of 2015. So far I’ve run a 2:03 half marathon last june and since then I’ve gotten in some good training (with lots of hills, long runs for me tend to have about 1000 to 1300 feet of vertical, since I often run in the forest of my city which just has a lot of hills), my longest run being a little over fourteen miles. I believe that’s a pretty good point to start out training specifically for the marathon but that’s where it gets tricky: Aside from running I also have handball training twice a week on wednesday and thursday (that’s non-negotiable, I’m afraid) plus I go to the gym on monday and friday and then I also have school sport on monday and friday which I could use for running, as my teacher would allow me to.

    Do you think running that marathon seems like a realistic goal? I don’t have any specific time in mind but I don’t want to have to go much slower than 9, maybe 10 minute miles. If so, how should I go about it?

    Thank you so much for your consideration. Keep doing your awesome podcasts, I love them.

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