I'm just back from a few marathon race weekends and fielding training questions again. By the way, Disney and the Cabo San Lucas races were a lot of fun and great destinations for runners...
One of the questions I always get this time of year is "I have committed to training for a marathon this year, but how do I know where to start training wise". The key to reaching the start line of any marathon (half or otherwise) is to start with where you are, rather than where you want to be. Meaning, the most successful runners reach the start line safely by following a training program that matches their current running or walking regimen. Everyone can get there but we all take various avenues to safely and optimally reach the start.
For instance, if you are running 3 times per week for 30-60 minutes, you would find a program that start with 3-4 times per week for that same time frame. A program that starts with much more will only invite risk for injury and burn out. If you are running less than that, consider a run-walk regimen that will more safely allow you to progress in mileage and intensity with much less risk of injury. If you have a strong base of mile 4-6 times per week make sure the program starts there and progresses with enough workouts that will challenge you. If the program starts with less mileage, maintain what you have now and build when the program catches up with you. Going back and running less (unless you are in recovery from a race) will only take you backwards.
Successful endurance running training depends greatly on the wisdom to follow the right program based on your experience and current training and the patience to follow it.
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