I'm after a plan for 32 weeks that ends with a marathon
So, I ran London in 2008 and loved it. i don't have a marathon runner's build, and so I was really chuffed to do it. A few half marathons and 10k's during training were great too, and I lost loads of weight.
Now I am sat at home having just become a dad, knackered, unfit and desperately in need of starting up again. And I've decided that next Monday is the day. 32 weeks until 13th April 2014, when I will try and run London again (if I get in).
I'm looking for some help with training plans. I'm pretty much starting from scratch again, but I can run a few miles at present ok. I like the look of the 16 week ultimate RW marathon plan for sub 4:30. But I need something for the first 16 weeks (i.e. now to late December).
I have entered a half marathon on 27th October, but I don't think I have time to prepare well enough too run it. I have also entered a 10k in early November which I'll definitely do.
Can anyone give me any advice on what to follow for this first 16 weeks of my 32? I live in Scotland and according to the events calendar there are very few races between now and the end of the year, which is a shame as I really need some goals to work toward
Rob, firstly, congrats on becomming a Dad and deciding to get back out again
Newbie here myself but would suggest you spend the next 16 weeks building a decent base? You have started with lots of time so can take things easy(ish) to start, maybe look a doing some HADDing or similar? and build a decent base at an easy pace/HR.
I'm in a fairly similar position, although I had another go at starting again about 2 years ago, with a slooooow run through the GNR. I really loved the experience of training for the 2008 FLM, but really failed to keep up the momentum. I think I need a goal to get back into regular running and I've signed up for the Brighton Half in February. However, my real goal is to get back into running regularly 3 or so times a week. I'm in the process of doing C25K at the moment and trying not to press ahead too quickly, building up without injury, hopefully. Good luck to everyone starting again!
Well done on starting again - why not come over and join us -
Thanks guys for all the advice.
Also try my.asics.co.uk can do a long term plan so it includes a lot of runs to prep you for the last 16 weeks of the plan.
If you have a look at Hal Higdon's site, he has a "supreme novice marathon" programme which takes 30 weeks. Might be just what you're looking for. It's certainly a nice steady programme.
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