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Best marathon training? (Read 1086 times)

meislesd


    I'm guessing this has been discussed before, but who has a recommendation for good marathon training plans? I have run about 7 half-marathons, and am ready to run a full marathon this spring. I'd love to hear people's feedback on their favorite training plans!

      I've been using Pete Pfitzinger Advance Marathon plan. My first marathon is Jan. 13, 2013 and I hope the plan helps me have a great first marathon experience. The training wasn't too bad, but not too easy. He took me to the brink of injury a few weeks, however there would be a rest or recovery day when this happened.

       

      I haven't been injured during this cycle, but I had sore quads that cause IT pain. It was resolved with a fews days for deep massage. Also, my right calve was really tight last week. My wife massaged it and I took an extra day off and I'm 100% again.

       

      Regardless of what plan you choose, listen to your body and if it is asking for a break then comply.

       

      If you are use to speed work (tempo and intervals) this plan might work for you. if you're not use to speed work, I would stay away for now.

       

        It's really hard for someone to recommend a plan without knowing your running history (weekly mileage, years), your PRs at other distances and your marathon goal. And even then you'll get a lot of recommendations just based on what each person likes.

         

        The popular plans include Pfitzinger, Jack Daniels and (new flavor of the month) Hansons. But you'll find the basic common theme to all of these (and just about any other successful marathon plan) is: run a lot, mostly easy, sometimes fast.

         

        Which specific plan is best for you will depend largely on your own temperament and what motivates you.

        Runners run.

          I use Brad Hudson's "Run Faster From the 5K to the Marathon." Not quite as well known as Hansons, Pfitzinger, etc. but very well regarded. Simply outstanding if you want clear, practical guidance on how to create effective training plans. It's criticized sometimes as being too much for beginners to digest, but I think the dividing line for Hudson is your level of seriousness about improving, not your experience/skill level.

           

          Check out the Amazon page for some good reviews/details.

          zonykel


            I use Brad Hudson's "Run Faster From the 5K to the Marathon." Not quite as well known as Hansons, Pfitzinger, etc. but very well regarded. Simply outstanding if you want clear, practical guidance on how to create effective training plans. It's criticized sometimes as being too much for beginners to digest, but I think the dividing line for Hudson is your level of seriousness about improving, not your experience/skill level.

             

            Check out the Amazon page for some good reviews/details.

            Although I like the book, I think it may be a bit advanced for someone doing their first marathon.

             

            You can also try the running wizard: http://www.running-wizard.com/

             

            Nobby is one of the authors (and he posts regularly here). I've been using the program for a few weeks, and I like the plan, the variety of workouts, the gradual progression (and it integrates with Running Ahead's training log). Granted, I'm training for a half marathon, but the ideas are similar.

               

               

              You can also try the running wizard: http://www.running-wizard.com/

               

               

              +1. I like Pfitzinger too, the technical content of the book more than the plans themselves, but I think GoingPostal's experience is typical:  it is a hard plan to follow.

              2013 H1:  7 hours/week base.  Q3: Train for goal race.  Q4:  Goal Race.


              Consistently Slow

                It's really hard for someone to recommend a plan without knowing your running history (weekly mileage, years), your PRs at other distances and your marathon goal. And even then you'll get a lot of recommendations just based on what each person likes.

                 

                The popular plans include Pfitzinger, Jack Daniels and (new flavor of the month) Hansons. But you'll find the basic common theme to all of these (and just about any other successful marathon plan) is: run a lot, mostly easy, sometimes fast.

                 

                Which specific plan is best for you will depend largely on your own temperament and what motivates you.

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                  Hansons plan helped me. It will train you to run MP.

                  I joined group that trained together for my first three marathons and we had a coach.

                  Mabe you can find a group like that.

                  meislesd


                    Thank you everybody!

                    kevinballen


                      A lot of beginners have success with Hal Higdon plans.

                       

                      Kevin Allen

                        I'm guessing this has been discussed before, but who has a recommendation for good marathon training plans? I have run about 7 half-marathons, and am ready to run a full marathon this spring. I'd love to hear people's feedback on their favorite training plans!

                         

                        I prefer to do my own thing and not follow a plan... but I pull the why from Daniels Running Formula.  I know some people who did their first on his plans and did very well if you are the type who enjoys a plan.

                        PR's (certified courses)

                        5K-; 21:45 ; 10K- 45:17; Half: 1:41 --- full : 3:40   (2009)

                        Distance - 54 mi, 10 hours (2012)

                         

                        Current Weight: 174 lb

                        Goal Weight: 130 lb

                          I used Squires' Speed with Endurance for my marathon PR. Not the most well known or marketed book, but talk about a master coach! I liked the workouts.


                          Mostly Harmless

                            Stay faaaaaaar away from the plans at http://www.marathonrookie.com/  I used that for my first because I'm stupid. I got across the finish line but just barely.

                             

                            I'm using Pftiz 18/55 training for my second and already feel more prepared with still 8 weeks to go.

                             "Address the process rather than the outcome.
                            Then, the outcome becomes more likely." - Robert Fripp

                            DoppleBock


                              I believe there is the "Best" marathon training for you - Not the "Best" one size fits all

                               

                              I tend to gravitate toward Daniels.

                              I'm guessing this has been discussed before, but who has a recommendation for good marathon training plans? I have run about 7 half-marathons, and am ready to run a full marathon this spring. I'd love to hear people's feedback on their favorite training plans!

                              http://a-big-horse.blogspot.com/ 

                              2013 Goals ~ Mar < 3:00, 5M < 29, 10k < 35  

                               


                              Muddling through

                                I used Squires' Speed with Endurance for my marathon PR. Not the most well known or marketed book, but talk about a master coach! I liked the workouts.

                                He's had a great deal of success over the years. I wonder why he isn't mentioned more often on the marathon forums.

                                 

                                For the OP - avoid the beginner plans even though this will be your first marathon. They don't have enough mileage and to much is regated to the long run.

                                2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race

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