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What is a good schedule to follow? (Read 992 times)


Treadmill Addict

    So, I'm new to marathon running. First one is in May. I've done a half and a bunch of 5k's and 10k's. My goal time in May will be around 4:30 I think. Right now I'm running around 20-25 miles per week, with weights in there too. I plan on working up to 35 mile weeks, but I honestly don't know what a good marathon training schedule is. I read on here people talk about certain long runs, training calendar schedules, etc. Can you share with me what a good training schedule is, with details about how many miles per week, should I do the same miles each day with long runs, how long are the long runs, and how to taper before the race? I know this is such a basic question. I've googled it, but only found a few examples, and I figure I'd ask in here, to get the good info coming from people who I can ask more questions and clarify. thanks!!!!

    Sarah (34)

    Mom to Abby (8) Jacob, (6) and Colton (3)

    12 half marathons, 4 full marathons

    Goals- run more, lose 20lbs, sub 2 hour half and 4:10 full. 

     


    A Saucy Wench

      I think for a first marathon hal higdon is a decent base program. Google it, it's available free online.

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        I second Hal Higdon (http://halhigdon.com) for the beginning marathoner. Now... that said... Hal has a variety of schedules out there... two beginner schedules, two intermediate, etc. Those beginner schedules are designed to get you to finish line, hopefully upright. But that's about it. You won't find any speedwork of note unless/until you peak into his Intermediate II. And, believe me, getting to the finish line is a wonderful thing, but "hopefully upright" might not sound so great. You might want to consider working up to a wee bit more mileage during the marathon training (40-50ish). But if you've been running 25 consistently and can bump that up into the 30s, I think you'll find that you can handle one of Hal's two Intermediate schedules. There are approximately 1,000 other schedules too. And if you start diving into lots of them, after awhile, your head will be swimming. So tell yourself: I will pick by date x. Pick. Then start. Smile GOOD LUCK.

         

        JellyFish


          I say pick a beginner plan and then figure out how to make it fun! Join a group or do something that will help you meet others and run with others doing the same marathon!


          Treadmill Addict

            Yeah, "hopefully upright" isn't my goal. I'd like to finish in about 4:30. I've got over 5 months, I should be able to improve quite a bit between now and then. I'll go check out the Hal Higdon one. Thanks!!! (And I'm sure I'll be back with questions!)

            Sarah (34)

            Mom to Abby (8) Jacob, (6) and Colton (3)

            12 half marathons, 4 full marathons

            Goals- run more, lose 20lbs, sub 2 hour half and 4:10 full. 

             


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              Hal's beginner 1 got a buddy of mine through his first - he finished with no major issues on a hilly course and in about the same time you're looking to do. I followed the Runner's World Beginner Marathon plan (10 running coaches, including Higdon, collaborated on this schedule) which worked pretty well for me on the same course. Neither of us felt under prepared.

              San Francisco - 7/29/12

              Warrior Dash Ohio II - 8/26/12

              Chicago - 10/7/12



              Beginner all over again

                Yeah, "hopefully upright" isn't my goal. I'd like to finish in about 4:30. I've got over 5 months, I should be able to improve quite a bit between now and then. I'll go check out the Hal Higdon one. Thanks!!! (And I'm sure I'll be back with questions!)

                 

                 http://www.jeffgalloway.com/ 

                 

                Marathon training plans free online there

                 


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                  I think her five months were up a while ago.

                  2013 Valley Runner of the Year Series: Feb 16 5K (4 points out of 10) ... Mar 2 10K (20/30)... Mar 16 4Mi (21/30) ... Apr 6 10K (DNS) ... Apr 21 2Mi (5/10) ... May 11 5Mi (21/30)... Jun 8 1Mi (13/20) ... Jun 16 6Mi (22/30) ... Sep 28 10K (14/20) ... Oct 5 5K (7/10) ...Oct 12 5Mi (16/20) ... Oct 20 5K (0/10) = 3rd Place, Women's Senior Division


                  Beginner all over again

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