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3 Week Marathon Taper (Club and fun runner)

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Author

Dr Garry Palmer

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Length

4 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

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Plan Description

This is a three week taper designed for club and fun runners targeting a 3:30 to 5 hour road marathon and has been prepared by Dr Garry Palmer

Over the period of 22 days, the taper in achieved by reducing both volume and duration of the sessions, whilst maintaining intensity.

The plan is best targeting to runners who have been running a minimum of 40 km (25 miles) per week for at least the previous 8-12 weeks in preparation phase. It also assumes they will have previously undertaken at least 2 long steady runs over at least 28 km (18 miles).

The plan uses a combination of target distance (for interval sessions) and heart rate based zone running (for longer aerobic efforts), but the athlete can easily switch these metrics to use the plan as duration based or pace based training sessions.

The plan is suitable for any road based marathon. However, please note, it assumes that race day is on a SUNDAY. The plan can be reused for future races.

The sessions prescribed are based on Dr Palmers book Elite Performance Running; From Middle Distance to Marathon

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Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x5
01:27:00 01:15:00
Other x3
01:30:00 00:30:00
Day Off x2
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run
01:27:00 01:15:00
Other
01:30:00 00:30:00
Day Off
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Training Load By Week


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Testing provides a wealth of information such as your Vo2 max, aerobic threshold, lactate threshold, aerobic capacity and much more. Knowing how hard to train and where your weaknesses lie will help you become a better athlete.


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