I just finished a marathon and I have a few months before I start training for a fall marathon in June or so. Any thoughts/suggestions for how to put together a maintenance plan when not training for a race?
I’m thinking I want to focus less on pace/speed/strength and more on improving form and overall fitness level without getting worn down. Does it work to simply pick a weekly mileage total and do all the runs at an easy effort level, or is variety still important even if you’re not training for a race? The plan I’ve put together so far has one long run and one hill run (both at an easy effort level) each week, gradually increasing the long run, with a cut-back in mileage every third week for recovery. Am I missing something by not doing any tempo runs/speed work?
I used the strength endurance for the intermediate/advanced runner (12 week) in the interim between seasons and I tailored it to my needs. Its gives you the guidance and outline to follow but I added in more rest days. It focuses a lot on form, like all of Eric's other plans. The best thing is that you buy it once but can use it again and again. It even got me a half marathon PR.
Thanks, Don. I'll check it out. I took a quick look through the plans, but missed that one somehow, so I'll take another look.
That plan was exactly what I was looking for, so I signed up for it. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. So much for running everything at an easy effort, though - oh well, I guess there's been enough post-race slacking. Back to work!