Marine Corps Marathon Training Strategy 2 Months Out

Training strategy for the Marine Corps Marathon

With just about 2 months to go until my next goal race, the Marine Corps Marathon, I wanted to quickly check in with my training and talk about my progress leading up to that race.

Rock The River Race Photo

For my previous marathon, the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon (check out my race report here), my training was lower mileage (peaking at a 71 mile week), and focused more on speed work, with lots of progressive and fartlek runs.

For the Marine Corps Marathon, my goal is to beat my LA Marathon time and finish somewhere around 2:46. To do this, I’ve decided to try focusing on elevation gain and higher mileage. My last 2 weeks of running have been my highest recorded mileage weeks ever according to Strava, at 95 and 90 miles respectively. I’ve also been averaging about 3,500 feet of elevation gain per week for the past month or so, which isn’t a ton but it’s almost triple what I was averaging in the past.

My overall average pace has been slightly slower than in the past, but I’m not worried about that. I’m hoping that speed will come with the mileage I’m putting in. I still get out to the track for a little speed work, and add some fast marathon pace miles into some of my runs, but as a whole I’m less concerned with running fast during training.

We’ll see if this strategy works out, but I have a good feeling it will. I can tell that my legs are much stronger than they’ve ever been due to the miles and elevation. My only concerns are staying healthy, and whether my legs will remember how to go fast.

 

What do you think is more optimal for marathon training when trying to get a fast time: more speed with fewer miles, or less speed with more miles?

 

Thanks for reading!

Quick Introduction

TheSpeedydave’s first blog post and introduction

Hi there.

I’m David, aka TheSpeedydave. I created this blog as a place to post about some of my running tips, reviews, experiences, goals, and achievements. I’m hoping the topics I write about will be interesting for others, so I decided to make this a public thing.

I’m a 2:54 marathoner, looking to go sub 2:48 at the Marine Corps Marathon in October. That’s what I’m focusing my training on, and I’ll be sharing my progress towards that goal here.

I’ve got a more thorough introductory post planned, but I want to wait a little while before I post it. For now I’ll start with some quick tip posts on things I’ve picked up on, and maybe some reviews that I think may be helpful for other runners as well.

Looking forward to sharing with you!