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Mar 16 2015
Welcome to training!

Hello fellow runners!
My name is Adam Theel and I invite you to participate in reading and commenting on my blogs about training for this year's HFM Maritime Marathon.

This will be my fourth time running this race (the fourth year for this marathon itself) and I'm excited to compete. This is a great marathon to experience! It's flat (= easy to run), the lake is pretty to look at for scenery, spectators can easily track you down, cheer for you, and easily follow your progress. Plus there's no other race where I can get out of bed (after over sleeping) at 6:45 a.m. to catch the shot gun start at 7 a.m.!

This year I will be following a 16-week marathon training program from the FIRST (Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training), titled "Run Less, Run Faster."

What I love about this training program, and why I've chosen to train like this for two previous marathons, is running only three days per week! (First running day of the week is short distance speed work, second day is medium distance/medium pace and the third day is your long run, slower than marathon pace.)

I know all too well how training can really take up a lot of your time! My running career consists of completing five full marathons and four half marathons since 2007.

I've found this program incorporates all my objectives for running marathons:

  • First, and mainly, finishing!
  • Second, finishing sub four hours
  • Third, not letting training take up all my free time! As a father of three kids (ages 12, 9, and 2), working a full-time and a part-time job, it's very challenging to make time for training.
  • Fourth, flexibility, variety and fun during the training!

My first week of training was below what I was hoping for. It's challenging getting back into the swing of things! I am a "fair weather runner." I only run outside when the weather is nice! So I've been running on an indoor track at the YMCA :(  (indoor track - enough said.) It's frustrating when I think I can take off fast out of the gate, but my body needs time to kick off the cobwebs from winter and get ready for this season's training.

Week one went down like this:

  • Sunday: ran 8x400 meters
  • Monday: I chose to swim 800 meters as cross training
  • Tuesday: ran 3 miles
  • Wednesday: 15 min body weight workout, consisting of random reps of pull-ups, clapping push-ups, V-ups, grasshoppers, burpees, jumping jacks, jumping lunges, and jumping squats.
  • Thursday: ran 10 miles
  • Friday: 9 min weight workout
  • Saturday: stretching

When it comes to my diet I follow only one rule: KEEP IT BALANCED! I don't go out of my way to consume carbs, nor do I avoid them! I eat a protein and vegetable/fruit with every meal. It has worked well for me in the past, I hope this year will be no different.

I look forward to reading comments from the public about your training for this year's HFM Maritime Marathon!
Adam Theel

Join Adam as he trains for the HFM Maritime Marathon. He'll be following a 16-week marathon training program from the FIRST (Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training), titled "Run Less, Run Faster."

Please comment below to share your training experiences for this year's HFM Maritime Marathon!

Learn more about the HFM Maritime Marathon.


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Dale March 16, 2015 at 01:08 pm

The First marathon training sounds interesting. I will follow your progress and will consider the program for a future run. I have used Hal Higdons training programs and have completed 6 marathons since 2006. I focus more on running 3-5 half marathons a year as the time commitment is less. This year will be my 3rd HFM Marathon. I am looking to add some speedwork and more cross training in my workouts. I was traveling through Manitowoc Sunday and stopped to run 7 miles on the course. It was a nice warm up for the marathon in June. Good luck.

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