I am a 23 year old from Chicago, and I want to run in the Chicago marathon next year. I've never run a marathon before. I have run seriously but off and on since high school. I recently started running a lot more, and more consistently.
I would suggest hiring an online running coach. I am trying to sell you, but it sounds like you would want an open communication with someone who can help. Here is my website as an example, but there are plenty out there. www.flynnrunning.com.
We can offer you an online training program that can change if needed. Good luck and don't hesitate to email with any questions.
There are lots of very good training programs out there, Jeff Galloway has a training book out called "A Year Round Plan" that has some very good insight on training over a years period of time. The thing to be very careful of is over training. It sounds like you are training very hard, most training plans kind of govern you so you back off a little every 3-4 weeks so your body recovers but you don't lose speed or conditioning. Good luck with your training, be careful and have a blast. Marathoning is a gas!!
Quote from Bob Moawad " You can't make footprints in the sands of time if you are sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time"
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