This is an 8 week strength training progression which could be used by an advanced marathoner during the sharpening phase of his training. These workouts are not recommended for beginning or intermediate marathoners. They are very stressful and should be used with caution even by advanced runners.
The goal of this program is to increase anerobic threshold and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max). Additional benefits include form enhancement and high speed running efficiency.
Workouts are to be done one per week on a hard workout day for 8 consecutive weeks. Each workout should consist of at least a 1 mile easy warmup run and some stretching followed by the hill repeats and then by a 2 or more mile cooldown run.
This progression increases from 3 to 8 hill repeats during the 8 week period.
Lay out a circuit, preferably on a golf course or some other soft surface, with a hill about 200 meters long having a flat runout on the top and bottom. The hill should be comfortable to run down, not too steep. Each hill repeat consists of the following:
|Week 1||3 hill repeats|
|Week 2||4 hill repeats|
|Week 3||5 hill repeats|
|Week 4||6 hill repeats|
|Week 5||7 hill repeats|
|Week 6-8||8 hill repeats|
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