Is anyone kind enough to recommend a training program or one they used before and thought was good?
I ran Chicago '07 Marathon on a mix of Cool Running/friends and Smarth Coach on Runners world and that worked well but I wanted to know if there was something else better I could try....
Hey Texas! I can't comment whether or not this was good/bad, but this is the program I am starting for the Disneyworld Marathon coming up in Jan '09. It is a 4 1/2 month running program available from begginer to expert. Scroll down to get to the more difficult programs. I modified the start date to make it my own.
A lot of people have given good reports on Hal Higdon's programs (www.halhigdon.com). Others are McMillan (www.mcmillanrunning.com), Galloway's advanced programs (www.jeffgalloway.com, though I think even those use run/walk), Pete Pfitzinger (www.pfitzinger.com, book Advanced Marathoning) and I'm sure I've forgotten some.
Len's old and forgetful (smiles). He forgot Jack and Tim.
Jack Daniel's "Running Formula" and Tim Noakes' "The Lore of Running" will give you what you need to develop your own training program and know why you're doing specific workouts.
I don't know how I can forget a name like Jack Daniels, and someone was using Tim Noakes to tell me how wrong I was just a day or two ago. These are two who helped set the standards.
If you're into reading about running training, I recommend "Lore of Running". Noakes' book is amazing. I stumbled across a copy at Borders a couple of months ago and bought it. It is by far the most comprehensive book on running physiology, biochemistry, and training theory that I've ever seen.
The Lore of Running is a great book and I definitely recommend it also. Hal Higdon and Jeff Galloway are great training resources. Unfortunately they charge a lot for their plans on Active but I think you can get some of their plans for free on their personal sites. I use a new online marathon training plan tool that has really worked for me. I like to track my training to see what weeks I've missed workouts. I also like being able to customize my plan to fit my goals and schedule. I didn't use any training plan when I ran Chicago in '06 and I really paid the price. Havnig one under your belt should really help because you already have a good idea of what works for you. Good luck.