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Warrenwa5 Rookie 1 posts since
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Dec 20, 2011 8:49 AM

Length and Goals of pre-training

I'm developing a marathon training program for myself based on popular models and I'm trying to figure out how long the pre-training phase should be and what specifically I should try to accomplish during it.  I've been running 3 - 4 miles a day for about 2 weeks so far.  Are there any general rules about pre-training length and goals?

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    1. Dec 20, 2011 11:15 AM (in response to Warrenwa5)
    Length and Goals of pre-training

    3-6 months of steady mileage to get the muscles and connective tissue fitness needed.  Lots of plans on-line I used Hal Higdon's for my 1st, lots to chose from.  Good luck

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    2. Dec 20, 2011 6:57 PM (in response to Warrenwa5)
    Length and Goals of pre-training

    There are a number of good books and online sources that talk about training methods.  A couple books are "Advanced Marathoning" (Pete Pfitzinger) and "Daniels Running Formula" (Jack Daniels).  A couple good online sources are and (the Running University section).




  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    3. Dec 21, 2011 12:31 PM (in response to Warrenwa5)
    Length and Goals of pre-training

    Hi Warren,

    Maybe look at some of the Galloway training plans.  Also, consider joining your local running group to connect with experienced runners that will most likely have some great advice and more personal suggestions to advance based on your individual circumstances, expectations, goals and so on.

    Wishing you every success!

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