26.2: OBLITERATE THE DISTANCE
Point blank: 26.2: Obliterate the Distance is our toughest traditional running plan and you should be well-trained and injury free before you even consider it. It’s going to take some deep digging and dedication, not to mention a big investment in time.
We want you to have at least three marathons under your belt and a good base in those legs (read: at least five years of running). That said, if you’re after a BQ or a PR, this is your best shot. You’re going to come out of this plan stronger than ever and ready to take things to the next level. You’ll run hills and mile repeats, hang in during tempo sessions and spend plenty of time at race pace. You’ll also hammer out eight runs that are 15 or more miles long, but there are two cutback weeks woven into the first 15 weeks before you taper.
We’ll be dialing into your goal race pace on a very regular basis; by race day, it will feel second nature. As you navigate through each week of training, you will hone your mental toughness as surely as your calf muscles.
If that sounds intense, it is.
But if you are an injury-free recent marathoner and fired up to commit to your most challenging marathon training cycle, you are ready.
Better yet? This program supports and guides you every step. Over 18 weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to build, adapt, and be prepped to obliterate your next marathon.
THE PREREQS: Before stepping up to 26.2: Obliterate the Distance, mother runners should have at least three marathons in the past three to four years under their soles. In addition, it is essential to enter this plan with a solid base—long runs begin at 10 miles and the first week totals 27 miles—and an injury free body. You will hit the ground running, so be mentally and physically ready for that reality
BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: 51 miles + 45 minutes of cross-training + 3 strength circuits
LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: One 22-miler, two 20-milers, one 18-miler, and two 16’ers.
CROSS TRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? Yes. Every week has one cross-training session and three strength circuits, as well as a prehab routine Coach Amanda designed. Two of the strength routines include resistance bands.
WEEKLY OVERVIEW: Five runs; one cross-training day; three strength circuits; one rest day.
NUMBER OF RUNS WEEKLY: Five
FIRST AND PEAK WEEK: (explained fully in the program)