Calling all runners (plus a couple of boxers and general fitness instructors too!) Can you train for a marathon and box??

  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 01, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    So I have trained for a half marathon by running 3 times a week. I worked out with weights a couple of times just for maintenance, and I started doing a boxing class for fun. Which I began to love....

    I then signed up for a marathon, which is happening end of September. I can already do 13 mile runs no problem. The issue is this: can I train for a marathon, do some weights AND a boxing class?? It does sound like something has to give...

    What I'm thinking is this: -

    Marathon Training 3 times a week : Short run 4 - 7 miles fast, medium run fast (8 - 10 miles), then at weekend work on a long slower run.
    Boxing Class once a week for fun
    Body weights - this is just so I can keep my arms and chest, NOT to body build - once or twice a week.

    Does this sound achievable? Most marathon training programmes have runs 4 times a week. I will be gutted if I have to cut back on my boxing as its a bit of an outlet right now, been doing it a few months and finding it really enjoyable.

    Also, is it possible to keep the physique by working out once a week on weights?

    Over to you guys!
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    Apr 03, 2014 3:16 AM GMT
    Short answer is YES!. You can do it all and still achieve a good marathon result. Think Triathlon. There are a number of articles about low mileage training, such as
    Your weight lifting days become leg-recovery days [if you limit to upper body]. The boxing session is probably akin to a speed work-out. The key is your long run [tho some experts even deny that a super long run is necessary]. So I think you can make it work, but try to take 1 day per week of complete rest, get massaged, and be sure your eating properly.
    Finally, remember the goal of your first marathon is to finish. That's it, no time goal, no Olympic qualifying time; just finish and relish the accomplishment. You can then hone your training style for the second marathon. icon_twisted.gif
  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 03, 2014 5:48 AM GMT
    Thank you - this is just as I thought. Like I said, I want to do the marathon but I'll be gutted if I have to give the boxing up, and if I can do it just once a week for fun then that would be excellent.

    Does anyone know if I can keep weights to once a week to keep up definition? Or would this have to be twice?