Hey everyone, new 80/20 member here. I used to run a ton. I did a 50k last May. Well since then I’ve completely stopped running and working out. I’m now in the worst shape of my life so I’ve decided to get in shape. I have a marathon planned for December 12th in College Station, Texas (home of A&M ). Anywho since I am so out of shape my pace threshold is HORRIBLE. It’s a 12:38 or so. So my zone 2 work outs are ranging from 16:15 to around 14:55. Painfully slow. Right now I’m doing the 80/20 maintenance plan and then starting around august I’ll start the 18 week level 2 marathon plan. Will I be able to run fast enough for my marathon by then? I don’t want to walk the marathon I would like to finish in a half decent time (sub 5:00 hrs hopefully)
You’ve got some time. Your age and weight status are two factors that could affect your rate of progress (the younger you are and the less weight you’ve gained since your prior running days, the more quickly your paces will improve). In any case, consistency will be the key to maximizing your progress. Supplementing your running with some cross-training could also help, if you have the time and inclination to do so.
I gained a significant amount of weight due to depression, new job, poor eating habits etc. At any rate those are all excuses I still gained 67 pounds give or take.
I’m only 22 so I’m optimistic about bouncing back. I ran a half marathon last April at around a 10:25 and I feel like I could at least get back to that by august maybe September which will be a big confidence booster.
I’m going to incorporate cross training at least 3 times a week. Wondering if cycling or swimming will be better.
Last thing, are there any stretches and or workouts that will help with building speed sooner? I know this is a long haul process but any bit helps.