Nathan Freeburg

Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he's still going. When he's not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves dark beer, dark chocolate, and dark coffee.Nathan currently lives in Portland, Oregon, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River. Race Results.Nathan's day job is a Consultant with Leadership Vision in Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Jim

    Marathon Training
    Is training by duration better than by mile? Should my long run only last an 1.5 hours?

    • frenat

      There are lots of theories to this. Personally I think it depends on what you goals are. If it’s your first marathon and you’re just looking to get the distance in, then time is fine. If you have more specific finishing time in mind, then you’d want to go with miles. Since paces vary so much, 1.5 might only get you 7 miles where others could get double that.

      What are your goals?

      Nathan

  • Laura

    Hi, Nathan. I realize this is a really old post, but I have a question for you if you see it. I’m in the same situation you were in and typically run 20-25 miles a week. I’m planning on running another half marathon in November (about 5 months out) and want to shave some time off. If I am planning on using a 12 week training plan, do I have time to safely and effectively build a stronger base before training starts? I guess I should ask how long my “base” period should be?

    Thanks!
    Laura

    • frenat

      Hi Laura, yes, you have PLENTY of time to build that base.
      If you are currently at 25 miles/week, try to slowly get to 40 before that 12 week plan begins. Does that seem doable?

      Nathan