Three Week Cardio Blocks?

  • quirkyquirk

    Posts: 71

    Sep 23, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Every training plan I come across for marathon training is built on four week blocks. (Three building weeks and then a step down week.) I get injured fairly easily from running so I am thinking of going to a two week build and then a step down week. Has anyone tried this? What were your results?
    Cheers!

  • Sep 24, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    Hey Quirk,

    As a fellow marathoner, hang in there! I am getting cortizone patch treatments right now for an injured achilles tendon, so my training has had to be a bit more unconventional. Rather than follow the blocks, I created my own...I did this for my spring marathon and it worked.

    The purpose of this marathon training is to build cardiovascular endurance. So To prevent further injury and to gain that endurance I have been trying to do things not involving running (elliptical, stairclimber, interval training - anything). I am doing 30-45 minute high-intensity cardio workouts with a 2 minute sprint every ten minutes. Somedays I go longer, somedays I go only 30. I do weight training also. Now, my main goal is to keep my achilles in good condition, so this is what I had to do in order to prevent further injury....I'm running Chicago in a few weeks.

    There are so many training programs but you just have to find what works for you. If you look at a few programs and like certain parts, combine the three that you like and just discard the ones you don't like. See if it works! You'll do fine.