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Marathon Training: Is Speed Work Necessary?

This week marks what I am calling the beginning of the trip down the mountain in marathon training. That means tomorrow is officially the start of what should be speed work. I've never been much for picking a goal time and trying to get to it--I just like to say I finished. Because of this interval training has been reserved for fat burning, treadmill routines.

I've been getting slower over the last few years. I don't know if it is because I haven't trained appropriately for my last few halfs or I didn't rest enough. Regardless now that speed work is here I am considering actually doing it.


The plan calls for 6 miles with 4 x 800 at MP. I am going to be honest here and tell you that I have NO idea how to do that. Do I go to the track? Do I just use my new handy dandy watch to time it out? 

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