Marathon Advice - Training Plans

Need some help on a Training Plan

4 messages
27/01/2004 at 16:41
I'm 31 and running my first marathon this year - London.
I have been running 5-7 miles 2-3 times a week for about 18 months now - times between 37 - 54 minutes.
I am starting my marathon training, but I don't have a plan, clearly this is a little late! I also have criteria where I don't want to run at weekends. So have a realistic maximum of 4 runs a week. Am I being foolish, or is there a plan out there that will suit me. Ideally I want to be running as close to 4 hours as possible (am I kidding myself?).

27/01/2004 at 16:56
There are loads of plans around. Most schedules seem to be over 16 or 18 weeks, although you've got 12 weeks which should be enough for a reasonable effort, especially if you run a bit already. There are some on this site, and on, and on, and there are lots of books - Bob Glover's ones are good.

To be honest, they all say pretty much the same thing: your week should include
- one long run (building to 16 - 20 miles)
- one shorter, faster "tempo" run (6 - 8 miles)
- some kind of interval run (hills, fartlek etc.)
- other medium runs, whatever you can fit in.
Plus they give some sensible tips
- alternate hard and easier days
- build up mileage gently - roughly 10% per week
- taper as you approach the marathon

As for times, there's no telling. Some people run 6 times a week and do it in 5 hours, some run twice a week and do it in 3. It depends on what you're like. Your times sound quite quick, so yes, you could potentially get a good time.

27/01/2004 at 17:05
Great, many thanks.
30/01/2004 at 10:02
Hi Phil,

I am also training for the FLM (fist time). I generally do two-three 40 min runs in the gym because its winter (interval training) with some resistance training and then one outdoor long run which i have built up to 11 miles - 1hr35min. So far i have found this is plenty. i dont think i could use a training plan that suggests you run 6 times a week as that would really take over your life.

I am however aiming to finish within 4hr 30min - which would be a 10 minute mile - at the mo i'm running a 9 minute mile but think i should over compensate rather than under.

At the end of the day, running a marathon is a huge achivement and just finnishing is good enough.

Good Luck

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