Typical training week

I have noticed that there has been a fair few people reaching my website looking for the “jeff hunt marathon training” of late. If those people ever navigate back here, I have some news for you :  It’s just the simple, tried and true, decades old weekly structure. I don’t do anything spectacular, I just grind it out, week after week to get extremely fit. I also manage to stay injury free, and pile day-on-day, week-on-week, month-on-month… you get the picture. For those interested, a typical full training load week will look somewhat like this:

Monday
PM
: 16km run + 45min circuit session + ice bath + 30mins stretching

Tuesday
AM : 8km run
PM : Session* + ice bath + 30mins stretching

Wednesday
AM : 8km run
PM : 90-100mins of running (approx 22-25km) + ice bath + massage

Thursday
AM : 8km run
PM : Session* + ice bath + 30mins stretching

Friday
PM : 10km run + 45min circuit session + ice bath + 30mins stretching

Saturday
AM : Session* + ice bath + massage
PM : 8km run + drills and strides

Sunday
AM : Sunday Long Run – 2hrs 15mins + ice bath

Approximate kilometres = 170km+

* A session always consists of 5km warmup and warmdown. The session itself could be anything. Some examples include mona fartlek, 10 x 800m – 1min recovery, 3 x 4 x 400m, 6 x long hill-short hill. Usually the Thursday “session” is likely to be marathon specific, e.g. 60mins broken up into 20mins @ 4:00/km, 20mins @ 3:00/km, 20mins @ 3:45/km.

So, there you have it, a training week of a marathon runner. No secret-squirrel, just plain hard work.

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