Training for a marathon is all about more. More miles, more time on your feet, more calories, more running shoes, more of everything! Most plans will suggest running 5 days a week. What happens to a runner when more isn’t possible? How do they still achieve their goals? That’s where Cynthia Martinez’s story begins.

Cynthia is more than just a runner. She’s a certified personal trainer who specializes in working with runners and endurance athletes. So she understands that sometimes less is more. Sometimes runners need to focus on quality over quantity, even during marathon training. This is a lesson that’s hard for many runners to accept. But, Cynthia can prove it works.

In 2015, Cynthia suffered a labrum tear in her hip. Because of that injury she is forced to limit the amount of time she spends running to just 3 days per week. Instead, she incorporates cross training, physical therapy, nutrition and recovery work such as massage and foam rolling. Last year she was able to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 3:18. Clearly, she is doing something right.

Cynthia is happy to share her experience and knowledge with other runners. This year she hopes to go bigger and finish the Boston Marathon in 3:08 all while staying with her plans to run less. She’s currently producing a 12 week web series in conjunction with Women’s Running Magazine sharing her tips and training plans.

In 2016, Cynthia ran in four continents, 11 countries and six states. It’s evident her love for the sport runs deep. Giving it up is not an option. With her modified training she hopes to stay healthy and continue reaching new goals.

Check out the link below to learn more about Cynthia and follow along with her web series.