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I'm scheduled to run the Berlin marathon in September. Ran Amsterdam last year and wasn't prepared- longest training run was 16 miles, only did a handful longer than 12 and ended up spraining my achilles couple weeks before the race. The achilles wasn't bad the 1st 13m of the marathon, but was a killer over the last 13; ended up running 3:45 with a massively slower 2nd half. Saw a physio a few times after the run who thought the achilles injury was likely a result of weak hamstrings/ glutes (resulting in overloading my calves).
I've vowed to be prepared this year, and to resolve the hamstring/glute weakness, I've been doing a lot of lifting since January designed to activate my hamstring/glutes- squats, deadlifts, etc. Went for my first 10 miler since the Amsterdam marathon yesterday, and felt really strong on miles 7-10, which I think is largely down to the lifting, once I got the rhythm.
The question I have is when I start my marathon training regimen in June, should I keep up the lifting, or should I give it up so as to let my body recover from the running? My training plan calls for 6 days running/week, maxing out at about 50-55 miles. Should I add a lifting session as well? Or maybe replace a running session with a lifting session? Any thoughts would be appreciated.