Tips for Marathon Training in the Off-Season

By Brandi, selected from Diets in Review
12/9/2013 9:48:23 AM

For most of us, our big race of the year has come and gone. we've had our little celebration during recovery and now what? It's too early to ramp up for the spring season but sitting around and getting squishy isn't an option either. It's the off-season for many runners But off doesn't mean a literally off, or it really shouldn't. It's the time of the year to train differently in order to have a stellar spring.

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After a marathon, my heart is eager to get back out there and give it all I've got, but my body is not. It takes weeks to fully recover from a long race. So as my miles are low, my mindset has to shift. I love to take this season to try out other types of workouts. I take spin classes, focus more on lifting and try out the newest machine in the gym.

Some might think that means taking it easy, but that's not the point either. Sure, there's a time period to give you legs and mind a break, but that's only for about a week or so. This time is to build up muscles that were neglected in long runs, build strength, get flexible, and simply get fit with less impact.

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