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Adding Rest Days to Marathon Level 2

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    I have both the Level 1 and 2 Marathon plans. The Level 2 Marathon plans often includes seven days of running/cross-training. I like the plan quite a bit, as it gives me more opportunities for longer long runs as compared to Level 1. However, I feel that I need to make Mondays a regular rest day without running or cross-training. Is this OK to just drop these workouts, or do I need to adjust something else in the plan to make up for this?


    David Warden


    Thanks for using our plans!

    Dropping the Monday workout altogether is an option, but it then skews the 80/20 ratios built into the plans. I’d recommend instead that you either add the 40 minutes as an AM/PM run on another day, or take that 40 minutes and split it up over 2-3 runs, adding 15-20 minutes of running to 2-3 runs later in the week. The Monday runs are always Zone 2, so it’s easy to make that change.



    Hi David,

    I’m glad you’ve said that. I ride my bike to work which is a 20 min ride one way. (40 min return). This often fits in as a 40 min run/cross train and wondered if I was cheating breaking it up. I watch my zones so ride in bike zone as appropriate allowing for the slight difference in bike versus run zones.

    Because I am an electrician in a factory I still spend plenty of time up and down and walking for 8 hours in between. Pretty much get my 8-10k steps at work alone for the day. Average 18k steps per day overall.


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