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Manchester Marathon 18 week training plan

This weeks post follows on from my last blog were I wrote about how I thought my Manchester Marathon build up had gone and my disappointment on race day.  You can see below my 18 week training plan I carried out for the 2015 Manchester Marathon. It shows the types of runs I did each day with information on the distance and speed. All the runs were ran within my heart rate zones, the pace depended on the factors such as the weather, terrain and general fatigue.

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Heart Rate Training Zones

  • Recovery running zone 1                                   144-156bpm
  • Threshold running zone2                                   157-169bpm
  • Tempo running zone     3                                   170-186bpm
  • Interval running zone   4                                   above 186bpm

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Can you have too good of a marathon build up?

Can you have too good of a marathon build up? This is one question that I have been asking myself over the last few months, as things just didn’t go quite right for me at the Greater Manchester Marathon. It seems that the best laid plans don’t always give you the desired results. Back in November my Mamma paid for me to enter the Manchester Marathon as a Christmas present. I had spent the previous four months working on my speed endurance to improve my times over the shorter distances, in the hope that this in turn would help to decrease my marathon time. I managed to get my 10k time down to 33:28 from 34:29 which equated to a predicted marathon time of sub 2:35, providing I got my marathon build up right. I was in great shape and feeling really positive about starting my marathon training plan, my confidence was really high and it gave me real boost, knowing that I was in the shape to take a good chunk off of my PB which stood at 2.42.27.

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