From Triathlon to Marathon And Back

Many of us transition straight from a summer triathlon season into a fall or winter marathon or half-marathon. And it’s a natural choice as the weather turns and we seek something different.

Fall marathons—when trained for and run wisely—can enhance our aerobic engines and running efficiency, setting us up for an even better triathlon season next year. If you train with insufficient recovery, however, or jump from one to the other without an adequate break, you’re jettisoning your hard work and missing out on the potential benefits of the marathon cycle. Here are some things to pay attention to during and after your marathon training.

Spacing of long runs: Without needing to balance a long run with a long ride and an open-water swim each week, fitting in a good distance run seems easy. Don’t be tempted to run them too frequently, however, just because you have more time. Most athletes need at least a week between runs of over 15 miles, and many of us do best with 10 days or so between long runs. Taking this time ensures your body can adapt in positive ways to the stress of the long run.

Immune system: The stress of training, especially with greater run mileage, can suppress your immune system just as cold and flu season arrives. Take care to eat well, sleep lots, and wash your hands frequently. And don’t forget your flu shot.

Fatigue levels: As you shift to a run-heavy training load, some soreness and heaviness in your legs is normal. The recovery from longer runs takes more time, so you’ll probably be running tired more often than you’re used to during triathlon training. But if the fatigue continues to increase with no break, evaluate your training. You should be feeling good by the end of each planned rest week. If not, you may need to incorporate more rest.

Controlling the taper: As a triathlete, you may try to channel your taper energy by ramping up your swim and bike workouts. Don’t! Trust the process, and let your body rest and prepare for the work at hand.

Resuming training too soon: Similarly, you may be tempted to return to tough swim and bike workouts too soon after your road race. Take a few days of no running, and keep your swim and bike time easy and light, in the week after the marathon. Once your soreness is gone, focus on executing drills with good form to help prepare you for next season.

by Sage Rountree


About swimbikerun1
Devoted Father, Husband and Employee.Endurance sports fanatic (running,cycling,swimming).Triathlon athlete and coach.If only days had more than 24 hours.

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