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October Beginning Marathoner Training Plan

Andi is now in her third and final month before the marathon. Unfortunately, this past month she has suffered some kind of slight stress fracture in her knee. This is been discouraging for both of us. We both seem to be somewhat injured. We’ve been struggling with motivation and cross-training and I know deep down, both of us are wondering about if we are going to be able to start the marathon. Her last long run was 15 miles and it was painful for her but she still completed it. All she has done since that long run is biking and staying off her leg as much as possible.

She went to the doctors when she first started feeling pain to see what was wrong and they did an x-ray and there is a slight crack in the bone above her knee. I really hope that we are both able to head to the start line with me on November 3rd.

This month I would’ve had her going up to her longest run before the race and then tapering for the race the week before. I know it will be a race weekend decision for what she will be running due to her knee issues. As for me, I’m planning on taking my mileage up to 16 before race day, which should be a challenge for me since I have been dealing with injuries as well. Here are the previous months in this plan.

Beginner Marathon Training Plan - Month of OctoberHere is what I had planned for her this month. Unfortunately, she won’t be running according to this plan, if anything because of her knee, but I wanted to share what I had on board for her. Hopefully we both make it to the starting line on November 3rd!


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  • Reply Kelly

    It was a lot of running for a beginning runner, and if she has a fracture in her knee, she shouldn’t run. Not only will the race be miserable (which is NOT what you want for a first marathon), but she could do a lot of irreparable damage. Hopefully, both you and her doctor are telling her that. Why not take the 2-3 months she needs to heal and then target a spring marathon instead?

    October 6, 2014 at 8:51 am
  • Reply The Silent Assassin

    Oh man! sorry to hear that D! That’s a tough predicament. Maybe some pool running, or if she has a rehab place that has Alter-G, that could help. It helped me through my last peroneal tendinitis issue and kept my cardio up. I’m not sure what to tell you. Personally, I have a high threshold for pain and I actually ran a half on a stress fracture. But you’re talking about a full. You’re a coach…I’m sure you’ll make the right decision. Are you running LB? And Happy Bday!

    October 6, 2014 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Christine

    Oh no….I’m so sorry!!! Would it be possible to run the half instead? At least you have a race weekend. You can still run a marathon, just postpone it a little. Better safe than sorry.

    October 7, 2014 at 5:58 am
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