I think that depends a great deal on what kind of running you're doing now. How long have you been running? What's your average week? Your longest runs?
Often link to on here is Hal Higdon's website, with Marathon training programs for all levels. http://www.halhigdon.com/marathon/Mar00index.htm
Thanks for the reply! I have been running for about 2 years now and have completed 3 HM and 4 tri's. I average about 20 miles of running per week right now but staying at the same pace all the time. It seems like every time I try to improve my time on long runs I end up bonking out way before I should. At this point, Im thinking time shouldn't matter, just completion!! Agree?? Great link by the way! Novice 1 may be the way to go for me.
I would tell you to just do your 1st for completion. The novice 2 is fairly easy also take a look at it. I did not race/run a marathon for time until my 4th, that adds some additional stresses you don't need in your 1st. A good quote I like is "There will be days that you don't know if you can run a marathon...but there will be a life time of knowing that you have. Marathons are all different, but each time you cross that finish line, you hunger for the next one...it's a great feeling of accomplishment! I start my cycle this week for early Oct. Good luck Phillip
Im training for my first marathon coming up September 24th 2011, I am using Runners World Smart Coach as a training program. Its similar to Higdons Marathon training but you can customize the program for your own level.
I think I would just concentrate on building up mileage and be able to finish the marathon. Right now Im up to 40 miles per week and my long run will be 17 miles.
Good Luck with the marathon and training keep us posted.
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Holy cow!! You up to 17 miles on your long run and your race is not until Sept? Sounds like I have a long way to go!! No more cycling for me just RUN!!! Thanks for the info, I'm really digging this new active world! Good luck to ya