Spring it finally here and not only does that mean nice weather, it means the start of marathon season! We asked Tom, a member of the Octane Fitness engineering team, an experienced runner and Team Chocolate Milk finalist, to share some of his training tips with us. Â
What do you think are the biggest â€śDoâ€™s and Donâ€™tsâ€ť of marathon training?
The biggest â€śDoâ€ť is kind of two fold and thatâ€™s, plan to commit and commit to your plan. Successfully running a marathon doesnâ€™t happen on a whim, you need to commit yourself mentally and physically for the challenge. Once youâ€™ve planned to commit to the process, you need to commit to a marathon training plan. There are tons of running programs available, find one that fits you and run! My training program creates accountability and a checklist for what I have to get done.
If you skip or miss a training run, let it go. Donâ€™t go back and try to make up runs that you didnâ€™t get done. You are more likely to injure yourself by piling on more miles and not giving your body chance to rest.
You mentioned having a checklist for your marathon training, can you elaborate on your training process.
I try to schedule 3-4 weekday shorter runs (3-5 miles) and a weekend long run (8-20 miles). Serious training for me starts 12-16 weeks before a marathon but I run â€śmaintenance milesâ€ť constantly to keep myself from backsliding. I also like to mix a little strength training in 2-3 times a week as well. So my process is more like a schedule than a checklist but it keeps me accountable to a specific marathon training plan.
Which, if any, of the programs on our Octane Fitness ellipticals do you use for training?
CROSS CiRCUIT on a LateralX is awesome! It gives me a well-rounded total body workout that really challenges me. And you never have to do the same workout twice unless you want to.
Is this the first marathon youâ€™re running?
This will be my second marathon but in the past two years Iâ€™ve run 9 other races of vary distances.
Wow, thatâ€™s quite a bit! Whatâ€™s your favorite race youâ€™ve ran?
This yearâ€™s Twin Cities Marathon was definitely my favorite. Great course, perfect weather, and awesome spectators all contributed to a PR (personal record) for me.
Anything else about marathon training or running you want to share?
Take running one step at a time, you probably wonâ€™t qualify for Boston Marathon on your first race but donâ€™t be discouraged and enjoy the process.
A big thank you to Tom for taking the time to share his marathon training tips with us. Check out his Team Chocolate Milk video online now.