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7/31/14 2:17 P

Thank you so much for the input so far. I have started following them now for more ideas. I definitely need to get my base up over the next few months. I try to run in the morning due to the current temperature, so my time is limited. Would it be an issue if I break up the runs on weekdays and do a few miles in the morning and a few some nights to start working on more mileage? I have weekends for dedicated long runs, but wasn't sure if you recommend doing a one and done run even on mornings, or if splitting the runs would still be beneficial?

7/31/14 1:57 P

Runner's World is an excellent source of information about how to prepare for your first marathon. I would also recommend Hal Higdon's book and web site. For example, here's Hal's novice program:

I've run 12 marathons. Some were great, and a few were agony. Preparation is critical to a successful event (i.e., you finish). I recommend that you have a solid running base before you start a marathon-specific training plan. I maintain a 30 mile/week base year round in order to ramp up for a marathon, and my training plans are anywhere between 12-18 weeks long. ZORBS is correct about being realistic about your time commitment.

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7/31/14 1:47 P

If you follow Runner's World on FB, this week is marathon week and they are posting all sorts of articles.

The main thing about a marathon is to be realistic about how much time you have to commit. Most of my marathoning friends agree that having a base of about 25 miles a week at the START of the 16 week training program is ideal. I personally found a huge difference peaking at 45 miles/week vs. 50-52 miles/week. That's the time commitment we are talking. You could get by on less, but the less you train, the more it will suck on race day..speaking from a person who peaked at about 32 miles/week for her first marathon and died a horrible death in the 2nd half.

7/31/14 11:05 A

I am contemplating signing up for my first marathon and to say I am afraid is a huge understatement! I have done 3 1/2 marathons and felt pretty discouraged after my most recent one in February with how horrible I felt after mile 10 and for the following few hours. I have not run more than 6 miles since my last 10K in March but have been keeping my base around 4 miles 4-5 days a week. It is on my bucket list before I turn 30 and really feel like I could stick to a training and nutrition plan to get me ready for one in March, but wanted to probe for training tips, motivation, schedules, advice, what to do, what not to do, etc. from people to get a better idea of what I will be dealing with. Any advice or input is greatly appreciated!!

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