Between now and the NYC marathon, I have:
- Off-road duathlon (trail run + mountain bike)
- Adventure race (canoe + mountain bike + trail run)
- 1/2 marathon
- Cyclocross race
My training plan for NYC has thus far been 3 runs per week (LSD, Tempo, Recovery) and 2 bikes (Tempo/Hammerfest/Hills and LSD). Once I get through the last bike events, this will become 4 runs per week before I taper off for the marathon.
It's not exactly what marathon training plans call for, but the biking fitness does carry over somewhat into the running. Having those long 4+ hour bike efforts under your belt when you line up for a marathon helps! There is also the intensity you can achieve on a bike without nearly as much injury risk as running intensity.
Hopefully it all works out and I coast to a new marathon PB!
hey jonny -- which 5k are you doing? I have a crazy idea that I'd like to do something fast this year -- like a 5 or 10k.
Oshawa 5k on the Runway! http://www.hearthplace.org/event/view/63 ... I'm guessing it's pretty flat! :)
Jono - there is a book called 'Mastering the Marathon' that may be a good read with your NYC approach. A large section of it addresses tackling a marathon (and enabling a PB) with three training runs per week plus cross-training.
Thanks, will check it out!
Did NYC last year - was such an awesome experience. My advise just enjoy the adventure -take a disposable camera - you will not beleive the crowds - take pictures and just soak up the atmosphere. You will have a great run time no matter what so capture every moment. I was never alone on the course- not once and when I say alone I mean at least 100 peeps around me at all times.
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