Train 14km and walk an entire marathon!

Today I participated in a very interesting workshop by the company Sportrusten(literally translated Sportrest). The workshop had three parts:

1) The Marathon revolution (max, 14km per training and still walk a marathon)

2)The field test (heart rate measurement)

3) Breathing




The Marathon revolution

“De Marathon Revolutie” is a book by the company Sportrusten  in which a training method is taught that prepares you to run a marathon with less time spent training. You train 14km at a time at most. While in traditional marathon training there are those that go on for max 30km. Which takes a lot more time. To walk and to recuperate.

I don’t have a lot of time, but I really want to walk that marathon. This training method is great for that.

The Field Test

The field test was guided by Peter, a trainer at Sportrusten. He biked out ahead. After 6 minutes of walking at a 7km/h pace we turned it up a notch. Every two minutes we increased our speed with 1km/h. The start was (almost too) slow. People were making conversation. But that quickly dissipated because people started focussing on the walk. The goal was to give as much as you could, and then remember your heart rate and speed at the moment you quit.

After some time we realized only two of us were left.

At 17km/h my fellow trainee quit. I pushed on until 18km/h but then I was beat. Still, a great result!

Which wasn’t what it was all about, we just needed to know our maximum heart rate. And maximum really means maximum so we gave everything until we were utterly spent! After the field test we went back inside where our tipping point was calculated using our maximum heart rates. With which you could go to their site to get you very own personalised training schedule.


This part was talked about several times, but never really talked through. It is however part of the online course.

The headline:  A lot of people breath too shallow and too often.

Also important: Are you having shortness of breath when walking, don’t start inhaling a lot, instead breath out longer. This way you’ll expel as much used up air as you can and make space for more oxygen!

All in all it was a very interesting morning, and I learned a new technique to get the finish line of that marathon a bit closer! Do you want to walk a longer distance as well, but you don’t have the time to walk 80km a week? Check (It’s only in Dutch though.)

Good luck,


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