Train Like A Marathon Runner

Train Like A Marathon Runner If you're working your way up to competing in a marathon and wondering whether you're going about it the right way, an analysis of training logs kept by 3 elite marathon competitors offers unique insight into their periodized training and nutrition programs. The study was published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Starting 16 weeks before the race, these athletes averaged 13 training sessions per week with an average volume of 113 miles covered. The highest weekly volume was 143 miles. The intensity of 74% of these sessions were rated easy to somewhat difficult while 15% were rated very difficult to maximal effort.

True Strength Moment: With this demanding volume of training, you're probably wondering how these athletes fueled race day performance. On average, they drank 15 grams of carbohydrates in 150 mL of fluid every 15 minutes of racing. To compare this training routine to the off-season and pre-contest efforts of pro bodybuilders, read today's Performance Blog at
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