10 Instructive Ways For Marathon Training Progress

If we want the best marathon training results in our endeavor, we have to follow the 10 key factors that lie behind highly effective marathon training. When you know them it will be much easier to follow your training and it gives you the certainty that you are on the right path toward your goal. The 10 instructive ways for marathon training progress are about:

  • Energy Cumbustion
  • Carbohydrate and fat
  • The Oxygen System
  • Utilization rate
  • Endurance
  • Lactate Threshold – LT
  • Running Economy
  • Fluid balance
  • Recovery
  • Supercompensation

The 10 Instructive Ways For Marathon Training Progress Has To Fit Together

10 Instructive Ways For Marathon Training Progress man running in a beautiful sunrise
A man running in a beautiful sunrise

We want to develop and target these key factors. It is important to practice continuous and specific training, designed to run the marathon race, you chose in the future. We also have to develop a personal training program to manage your training. Marathon Training for the elite run 1 consists of…

A well-planned training program, which has incorporated progression. It means a development that ensures that you run longer and/or faster. In marathon training, it is about long-term progression. This progression has to be concerning your background and circumstances, which will form the basis for the training program’s composition and structure.

Marathon Training Progress & marathon training program

The body relatively quickly adapts to a training volume. After a few weeks or months, your body no longer evolves. At the same time, you also have to feel it like a challenge. You remain on the same level if you run the same number of kilometers at the same pace. There are two opportunities for progress: The number of kilometers and speed.

Increasing the number of kilometers is the easiest method, and if you do it gradually, the risk of injuries is relatively small. If you Increase the speed, increases at the same time the risk of injuries. Therefore, you have to find a balance and respect your current level.

There are two main types of marathon training: Long-run LSD and interval training. The best way to balance and structure them is by following a marathon training program. Other training types are variants of these. Below are some optimal training types, when we aim to run a marathon race.

Long Slow Distance LSD – The Corner Stone in Marathon Training Progress

10 Instructive Ways For Marathon Training Progress man in a marathon race running uphill
man in a marathon race running uphill

The long-run also called LSD – Long Slow Distance is aerobic endurance training, which means distance training achieved by continuous work, where the training intensity is at the same level throughout the training at “talking pace”.

You should therefore start with a pace that you want to keep all the way and thus not run too fast at the beginning so that you finish the training at the same pace.

To avoid too much variation in the intensity, it is necessary to slow down the pace up the hills, when you run in hilly terrain. LSD runs can last from about 15 min. and up to several hours depending on your training level and the training goal. This training type is the cornerstone of marathon training.

LSD Training Progress Improves the cardiovascular system

This means the central factors including the heart’s pumping capacity and the local factors. Well-trained long-distance runners, get the best results here by running at 70-75 % of their maximum oxygen uptake. This is the dominant training type in marathon training measured in time consumption.

It is also necessary to maintain the LSD training with low to moderate intensity and relatively long duration as basic training, so you do not get a significant decrease in the maximum oxygen uptake. Of course, you can take up supplemental cardiovascular training to maintain the Oxygen uptake.

But studies have shown that the decrease in the local aerobic enzyme activity, gives a decrease in running performance of about 8-10% after a few weeks without running. Although you almost can maintain your Oxygen uptake by supplemental training in e.g. cardio machines.

However, supplemental training is a great alternative particularly if you are starting up to get back after an injury.

LSD Marathon training with low/moderate intensity

10 Instructive Ways For Marathon Training Progress marathon runners after the marathon start
Marathon runners just after the starting shot

By this training, we train the aerobic capacity because the heart’s stroke volume becomes larger. The fat decomposition, which takes place in type I fibers increases and thereby saves on the carbohydrates. Furthermore, increases the number of capillaries around type I fibers. Towards the end of a very long training run, there will be a tiring out of type I fibers.

In this situation, the type II fibers will take over the work to some extent, and therefore they become stimulated to change in aerobic direction from type IIa to type I in other words LSD runs enhance the nervous system’s ability to recruit the specific muscle fibers.

Besides, muscles and connective tissue adapts to sustained load while ligaments, tendons and muscles in the legs will develop.

Best Marathon Progress By Moderate Intensity

Running with moderate intensity obtains the best effect on the heart. The Heart’s stroke volume is at maximum level and also, the heart’s “punch power” is at the maximum level. At this intensity level, you can continue running for a very long time.

This combination of maximum stroke volume, a large force of the heartbeat and prolonged loading gives probably the greatest training effect on the heart and hence on the maximum oxygen uptake. Furthermore, the number of capillaries surrounding the muscle fibers increases and the muscle fiber’s capacity for aerobic combustion of both fat and carbohydrate improves.

There will be both more and larger mitochondria and the aerobic enzyme capacity increases. With moderate intensity, the type I fibers are tiring out earlier than with training at low intensity, and as for the training with low intensity, there is a change from type IIa to type I fibers.

Depending on your training level, LSD accomplishes with low to moderate intensity.

In the long run, uses mainly fat as fuel and it is a benefit that the fat combustion increases through training. The training effect for fat combustion is that trained people combust more fat and fewer carbohydrates than untrained and fat combustion also mean less lactate accumulation.

One of the main purposes of the long runs is therefore to train and thus increase your fat combustion. The long runs also expand the muscle glycogen storage capacity, inoculate the mind against fatigue and discomfort and boost your attitude.

At around two hours of LSD running – as Elite Runner – you will have emptied the carbohydrate depots in the muscles and liver, after that the body will then solely combusts fat.

Marathon Training Plan – Improvement of LT In Training Practice

10 Instructive Ways For Marathon Training Progress woman running uphill
Woman practice hill training

If you only run LSD, you will be able to run long in a long time. With Lactate threshold training (LT) you will be able to run the long distances faster. Lactate threshold LT is the line between aerobic and anaerobic work.

Running LSD at low/moderate intensity implies that, you can perform a larger running work without turning into anaerobic processes. However, we are also interested in moving the LT closer to the maximum Oxygen uptake, so we can run closer to this and thus utilize more Oxygen without lactate begins to accumulate. In this way, we can run a given distance faster.

LT training is the main type of training for long-distance runners, who want to improve their performance. The longer distance you run the greater the importance of LT training for the performance. To move LT, the training has to be accomplished with an intensity near this threshold.

The goal of LT training is to train as long as possible at the right pace. If you train too much over the LT, you activate the majority of Type IIb fibers, which as you remember are the “fast” fibers specialized for anaerobic energy conversion. Therefore, the accumulation of lactate begins to rise sharply, and you have to shorten the training.

LT – training divided into main groups 

On the opposite, LT training with too low pace will impair the effectiveness of the training. Training of LT is hard training with high quality. It means that you need a longer recovery period afterward. Thus, it is not a training type, you should practice too often, 1 – 2 times a week when preparing for a marathon. You will quickly experience a great effect on this kind of training.

Already after a few weeks of LT training, you will be able to run at a relatively high speed with less effort and maintain a high speed for a longer period.

LT – training is a training type that makes it possible to keep the lactate concentration relatively constant in the area around the LT. This provides an optimal loading of the aerobic processes, and therefore a very good training of them. It also contributes to more efficient elimination of lactate.

We can divide LT training into 4 main groups:

– Tempo run

– Intervals

– Hill training

– Fartlek

These main groups are implemented in all good marathon training plans. I have made another blog about doing this in practice.

I hope you like this blog and if you have any questions about this topic or want to leave your review, please leave a comment below.

What is the best training program for a marathon?

The best marathon training program starts from your current running level. Beginner marathoners should aim to build their weekly mileage up to max. over several months leading up to race day. 3 -5 runs per week are sufficient. The vast majority of these are at an easy/moderate pace. A pace where you are able to carry on a conversation.

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8 thoughts on “10 Instructive Ways For Marathon Training Progress”

  1. Having read a previous post on your site, I read this one with great interest as I fully intend to run a Marathon. I am interested in learning more about Lactate threshold training (LT), although the Long Slow Distance may be more correct for me since I have not been running again for several years and have just started my training a week ago.

    I am first planning to run a 5K because there is one in my town in the fall, but my long-term goal is to run a marathon next summer! I know I have a long way to go, but I also feel that your site is helping me make decisions about my training, so thank you very much!

  2. Hello dear thanks for sharing such amazing post marked with brevity expression on the topic marathon training for elite run 1 I never really had much knowledge about The (10 factor who lies behind affective marathon training anyway I am so glad I am seeing and reading this article i have really learnt a lot from in here and am hoping to share this post with like minded people thanks 

    • Hi mondayjosep
      Thank you for the comment. Happy that you could learn something from it.
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      Be Well

  3. hello dear, so thoughtful of you to share such an informative review on marathon training.. I must say that I find this your tips clearly understandable for marathon training and I really can’t wait to dig deep and start utilising them as I look forward to start up my training… thanks a lot for sharing have a great day…

  4. Hello there, This is an amazing article that you have got here. The long slow distance (lsd) is a great way to practice for endurance. It has minimal risk unless to those that are not medically fit. Each time I try to take up my speed level, there is this sharp pain I feel in my chest it is very different from the natural heart pump. Does it mean I can’t  do well with improve speed?

    • Hi Steviejohn41

      You can improve speed. But maybe you start out too fast comparing to your current running level. You could Make the speed training with lower intensity and increase over time.


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