This is more of a general question about marathon training, but I'd like to hear from the paleo community about it:
Can a very fit, but over-running-injury-prone person get away with 5-6 crosstraining sessions and one long run per week and train effectively for a marathon?
asked bymaryeeclarkisouthunting (1373)
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on September 04, 2011
at 02:11 AM
Pre-attempting paleo, I was a chronic endurance runner for a decade, a high-weight 60+ miles a week guy with no strength training and a crappy diet. I don't mean typical endurance athlete diet that's horrifying-to-paleos, I mean Hohos and Taco Bell. Never got hurt, not even sore for very long after many sub-4 hour marathons; maybe a little the next day. Not even that young during this time either. During this time, my running partners who were much more regular in their workouts, had a much better diet, and were leaner frequently got use injuries. My point is just that, just as we know people who adapt well to paleo and people who don't, there are people who adapt better to different forms of exercise. Lifting makes me feel like crap but I force myself to do it because over the long run I think add it will be good for me. Whereas running 20 miles at a go never has, and I'm not built like a runner at all. People differ, and we find our comparative advantage in one thing or another, and I think people in various parts of the fitness world forget this.
on September 03, 2011
at 03:44 PM
It depends on what you mean by effectively. Are you going to be competitive with the elite runners? Unlikely. Are you going to finish the race with a time you can be proud of? Probably.
I ran a marathon last year. My training regimen was rather "primal." I did a few sprint days each week and one long run each week. I recognized that I needed rest in-between each of those day and so I limited my HIITS and STRENGTH training (I didn't yet do CrossFit). My long runs were very long and very slow, but they did rip my muscles apart because of their length. My sprints were typical sprints.