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Getting Through the Marathon (COVID-19) Blues

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Getting Through the Marathon (COVID-19) Blues


Tia Accetta

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6 Weeks

Plan Description

Your goal marathon has been postponed or cancelled and you're wondering what to do now. Perhaps you just ran a marathon and are feeling uninspired. Due to the current health scare, a good idea for everyone at this time is to dial back training stress, improve general fitness, and STAY HEALTHY.

This 6 week "transition" plan is designed to get you through the post-marathon blues or to prepare you for going into a marathon training cycle as healthy as possible. This plan is ideal for Boston qualifiers who are in peak marathon fitness but ultimately need to take a recovery period before going back into marathon training for the September race. There is no special equipment required although it does include cross training days with cycling, swimming, elliptical and rowing options and strength days with dumbbell options.

I've used this plan with all of my marathoners and each one felt physically and emotionally strong and ready to take on the next training cycle. Here is what one athlete wrote, "I just wanted you to know that I’ve been feeling really great. My legs feel really good and I can’t remember the last time I had this much energy. I've been doing really well with my nutrition and have noticed that making a big difference. I’m in a good place with strength training and cross training and actually starting to enjoy doing that, which is a first for me!" (Amy Lamoreaux, Tucson AZ).

Please contact me at the end of the 6 week plan with feedback or if you'd like help prepping for your next race!

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x3
02:36:00 01:10:00
Strength x2
01:15:00 00:30:00
X-Train x2
01:18:00 00:35:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
02:36:00 01:10:00
01:15:00 00:30:00
01:18:00 00:35:00

Training Load By Week

Tia Accetta

Run Tucson, LLC

I am a running coach who specializes in the marathon distance (BQ and beyond). I create periodized running plans that build to a peak performance. I've found that clients perform best with:

  • adequate time to introduce, improve and perfect training principles
  • effort based goals
  • workout specificity
  • racing experience
  • prescribed recovery
  • frequent communication

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