I'm currently training for my first marathon (Sunderland, April 28th). Until recently I was just a recreational runner: 3 or 4 days a week I'd run at an easy pace for 30-60 minutes. Over the last couple of weeks I've started doing 3 mile tempo runs and slowly increasing my long runs (my last was 9 miles). My new schedule looks like this:
Sun- 6 miles at easy paceMon- 3 mile tempoTue- RestWed- Long run Thu- 3 mile tempoFri- RestSat- Rest
Running and resting on these days best fits my schedule so I won't be changing that. My idea is to keep the other 3 runs the same each week and increase my long runs each week. I want to get up to a run of around 30 miles before the marathon (I know a lot of programs peek at about 20 miles but i would rather know I can manage beyond the race distance).
Is this a feasible training program?
Generally your second longest run should be half the distance of your longest run, so if you want to do a 30M LSR you need to build up to a 15M medium long run. However, I can't say I'd advise a low-mileage first-time marathoner to go beyond 22M as their longest run. The injury risk is just far too high. I also don't think it's a good idea to do a tempo run and your long run on consecutive days. Both count as a quality session and should be separated by a rest day or short easy run.
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