Marathon Training at the Elite Level, with Pro Nick Arciniaga

Meet Nick Arciniaga, one of the best marathoners in the United States.

Marathon Training Nick Arciniaga

Nick is the winner of the 2013 US Marathon Championships and has a personal best of 2:11:30.

But he wasn’t always a distance runner. In fact, he was an 800m runner in high school before realizing his talents lay in the longer distances.

Today, his marathon training often brings him to 150-mile weeks and 26-mile long runs. It’s paid off.

Nick is the:

  • 7th place finisher at the 2014 Boston Marathon (beating me by 607 spots…)
  • 1st place finisher at the 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
  • Proud owner of a 28:29 10k personal best

He’s also a husband, dad, and running coach that I’m thrilled to profile on the podcast.

Note that our conversation is just an excerpt from the full interview available to Team Strength Running members.

I encourage you to learn more about the team here (we’re opening soon!).

Marathon Training with Nick Arciniaga

I invited Nick to share as much detail as possible about his marathon training, race strategy, and post-race recovery so you can understand how an elite marathoner tackles the race.

Just recent he posted on Instagram:

To run your best, you have to put in the work, know your body, and keep reminding yourself that you can do it. Train both your mind and body. 

And today, you’ll hear what “the work” means to a professional marathoner.

You’ll learn:

  • How many weeks Nick prepares for the marathon
  • Why his marathon training includes no cross-training
  • How he structures his taper and recovery after the race
  • His preferred marathon fuel
  • The types of long runs necessary to race 26.2 miles

This episode goes deep into marathon training – the nuts and bolts and nitty gritty details of how an elite marathoner trains and races 26.2 miles.

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