I agree with HOUNDLOVER. Especially if you're needing to make your training more interesting, intervals a couple days a week won't hurt your marathon training. Instead of buying the whole set now, though, check online for internal training programs and just plug a couple days into your calendar.
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I assume that since this is your first marathon that your primary focus is on finishing, not on time. If that is the case I think you may benefit from a little strength building, nothing too hard, just some basics withdumbbells and body resistance for your core and upper body. Even 20 minutes twice a week make a lot of difference.
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Thanks for the input everyone! I am currently training for my first full marathon in October (i think... :) So maybe I should hold off on this until the race is over. I don't know, just needing to jump start a new routine with more than just running. Thanks!
I personally prefer to do my cardio at lower intensity levels, much less stress on the body, and then do higher intensity sprinting once a week. Then I do my strength training as a separate exercise. I don't doubt that high-intensity-type workouts will work, but I think the risk of over-training and injury is higher. A book that explains the reasons well is this one:
As the name suggests, it's an insane workout, but it does work. I happen to believe any workout that you do consistently will yield results. Now, running and doing Insanity it's going to be even tougher. You're going to be beating up your body with the workouts and running, right? I suggest doing one in the morning and the other in the evening. Your body will take a pounding with Insanity as there is plenty of jumping in some of the moves.
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