Hi Adam, there are a lot of training programs for the marathon out there, it's all about picking one that's right for you based on your running experience. The site below has many different training programs for all levels and is by renowned running coach Hal Higdon.
Also the book Advanced Marathoning by Pfitzinger and Douglas is worth a read as it has almost everything you need to know about running a marathon. Don't be put of my the title though. The program that I follow is based on one of the programs in this book.
Regarding the amount of weights that you do, I would cut the weights sessions down to 3 per week in order to allow more time for running, concentrating on the specificity of marathon training more. From your post it sounds like you are potentially running near enough 30 miles per week, but if you are running only 3 miles at a time it will not create a strong enough training stimulus to prepare you for a marathon as your sessions will need to get progressively longer. Check out the plan on the Higdon website and let me know what you think?
I didn't have a very good run today, haven't been feeling too good since Wednesday, but thought I would be ok for my slow 14 mile run this morning. After managing 12 mile at an average pace of 8:03 last week, I only managed 12 today where I had set out to do 14. From mile 5 my legs felt really heavy and I had no energy whatsoever and my legs are feeling really tired and sore right now. Think I'll rest tomorrow and have an easy session on Tuesday.
Hope everyone else has had a good weekend of training, 15 weeks to go!
Good running Zippy & bat girl. Looks like the training is really kicking in. Know what you mean about the cold weather running, I'm just back from a 10 miler in the cold. Seemed perfect for running and I managed my 10 miles a good 2 and half minutes quicker than what the same distance took me last Sunday, getting home in just under 1 hour 19. Hoping for 12 miles this Sunday.
Hope everyone's had a good week of running and are gearing up for a good lsr at the weekend.
Just back from my first decent long run of the year. Managed a good 10 miles in just over 1 hour 20 on a cold morning although it felt perfect for running. Must admit that I thought that I would be hitting longer distances by this point in my training, but the pace felt good and I felt comfortable from a fitness point of view and the heart rate stayed steady.
Hope everyone's weekend long runs/training has went well.
Hey Guys, hows everyone braving the weather for their weekend runs? I've had the weekend off running due to a mild case of 'man-flu' as diagnosed by the wife. Really hope to get outdoors tomorrow for a run as last week was filled with treadmill runs due to the weatther.
Good to see more people posting on the thread, hopefully we can help each other along on our training journey, especially as the mileage increases as the weeks fly by.
bat girl Think you've picked a good marathon for your first as it's quite a flat one. A marathon or training for one takes a lot of time out of your week and it is especially hard when you have other commitments to juggle with i.e. family, work, commuting to work. It's good that your able to get your runs in as part of your travel arrangements to work as this can sometimes force you to get your runs in. I know for from personal experience that if I have taken my bike to work, whether I like it or not I'm cycling home. Like you most of my friends aren't runners, so this is a good place to get some run chat on.
CC82 WOW! That's some serious improvement in your marathon times! Whats your secret? Some good mileage there over the last few weeks, you following a specific plan?
Mike You've got plenty time to build up the distance/endurance. What races do you have planned between now and May?
Hey Guys, having to take my long run indoors today due to the crap weather, think over an hour on the treadmill is going to mind numbingly long. Need to get some good tunes. Hows everyone's training been now we are 20 weeks today away from the Marathon?
Flowery Fay You found a training plan yet?
rodeoflip I've done the 1/2 in Edinburgh the last few years, which is basically the first half of the Marathon and the hard part I find is when you're running past the finish in Mussleburgh and you have the faster runners running in the opposite direction from you and you wonder where the turn for the home straight is? I suppose you will experience that a lot longer on the Marathon course?
Hanna If your at the stage of running a half marathon this early in your program, your build up to marathon should be fine. Think everyone has a bit of nerves before a marathon, this will be my 10th and it still worries me.