Does anyone know of any good books on training for the marathon that covers everything from running, to nutrition etc that's suitable for beginners?
I'm also looking for a good training schedule that's 3 runs a week and the longest run before the marathon being 18-20m. I tried the Smart Coach but the longest run it seemed to give me was only 14 miles.
I read this book by Hal Higdon before my first marathon (and found it very useful) and have returned to it for advice before each of my next 4 marathons (including last Sunday).
I also found the FIRST 3 day a week training plan very useful, and it helped me stay injury-free before this year's London Marathon, as well as knocking half an hour off my PB to break 4 hours.
I got a runner's guide called 'The non-runners marathon trainer' (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Non-Runners-Marathon-Trainer-David-Whitsett/dp/1570281823/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229605647&sr=1-2) which has a training plan incorporating 4 runs a week and the longest run is 18 miles...so kind of fits your requirements on distance and timings. They also discuss other areas around the marathon but not sure if it would cover all the nutritional and injury perspectives.
Good luck with the training!
Marathon Running For Mortals ISBN 1-4050-4145-5.
Both funny and uplifting.
Don't read it any more for training schedules, etc, but for a laugh and a pickup when feeling down.
I'd second Marathon Running For Mortals - I love it!
I ran the FLM this year with 3 runs a week. I just ditched one of the runs that was on the schedules that I found, if they were for 4 runs. You don't have to do exactly what is says on the schedule, as long as you're keeping up with the long runs, especially if your aim is to get round, rather than for a specific time.
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