Fixing The Habits In Marathon Training: Week 2 of 29

The early stage is where we need to fix the habits in marathon training.

Pay very close attention to the sessions you miss. Look at where you procrastinate.

Where is the friction in your plan?

I have found I’m tending to skip the full strength training sessions. This is despite them being less than 30 minutes each. I’ve planning them out to be over 3 hours after my run. Trying to get the most benefit out of them.

As a result the rest of my life catches up with me. All the un-planned things of responsibilities creep in to compete for my time.

So we need to adjust. A strength session completed at less than ideal is still better than no strength training at all. The solution is simple for me:

Don’t wait for the so-called perfect time. Do the strength training straight away.

The training log for week 2 is as follows:

Workouts: 29/3/2021 – 4/4/2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

Run – VO2 Max
Billat 30:30
30sec @vVO2m / 30sec @ 50%vVO2m until unable to run
Completed: 6.29 km ~ 43:42 (6:57 min/km)
Post Workout Notes:
13 reps, missed 12th attempted to up effort on 13th missed by more.
Felt slow despite hitting the paces. Despite this felt like I wasn’t working hard enough

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Strength Training
Squat 6-8
SL Calf Raise 8-12
Pull 6-12
Press 6-12

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Completed: 4.64 km ~ 35:54 (7:44 min/km)

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Completed: 5.03 km ~ 38:48 (7:42 min/km)
Friday, April 2, 2021

LONG 2:07

Planned: 2:07:00
Completed: 19.61 km ~ 2:08:57 (6:34 min/km)
Post Workout Notes:
Tight squeeze to fit in. Hot day and started dehydrated. It showed by sucking the pace of me slower.
Slower than last long run. Decoupling not as profound, but from about 1:50

Friday, April 2, 2021

Completed: 4.13 km ~ 23:33 (5:42 min/km)
Post Workout Notes:
Started stiff, built to feeling smooth and snappy

Strength Training
Leg Press : 15
Calf Press : 12
Lat Pull Down : 9
Push Up : 30
An Wheel (knees) : 15
Completed: 20:00

Saturday, April 3, 2021

20-60min Z1-2
super easy, relaxed

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Run – Hills
Hill Strength Circuit
100m run
10 Squat jumps
100m run
20m skipping
100m run
20m heels to butt
100m run
20m side split squats
100m run
30 hops, locked knees ea leg
Fast run remainder distance…. jog back down
Total 3 reps

Post Workout Notes:
3X. running felt ‘heavy’ but felt good in the ‘exercises’ let felt full and worked after only 3 reps.


Completed Run: 57.51 km ~ 6:18:11

To compare the training to the first week have a First Week Of Marathon Training.

Don’t forget I break this down into more usable analysis and guidelines at

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