A common recommendation for increasing distance is to add about 10% to your distance each week. This basically doubles your distance every 8 weeks. On this basis, you would be running 12-14 km by 24th January. Increasing faster than this risks injury, which would actually set your training back.
I agree with the consensus on this thread - progressing to a marathon over that timeframe is not a wise idea.
But it may make sense to set yourself a goal of doing 10K by the end of December, and then being able to do a half marathon by the end of February. This would then put you in striking distance of being able to prepare for a marathon in May/June.
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12/2/13 1:46 P
I'm afraid I agree with Coach Jen. Most marathon training programs are 16-18 weeks, and by 7 weeks before the marathon have your long run at something like 15 miles. You would definitely be risking injury to try to get from 4 miles to 26.2 in just 7 weeks. I wouldn't recommend jumping into this week's routine to try to catch up, because that big an increase in distance in just one week would also put you at risk for injury.
I'd suggest you set your sights on a spring half-marathon and then maybe a fall marathon. You should be able to train for those appropriately and safely.
12/2/13 9:44 A
Thank you, you are right I shouldn't risk it.
12/2/13 6:24 A
Most marathon training programs are around 18 weeks long and are designed to slowly get your body ready for the demands of a 26.2 mile race. It's great that you've been running consistently, but I don't think 7 weeks is enough time to get you ready for that distance. You risk injury and a bad first marathon experience if your body isn't ready. My suggestion would be to train for a 1/2 marathon first, giving yourself the time the training program calls for. Then based on that experience, you can progress up to the full marathon distance.
Hope that helps,
12/2/13 4:33 A
I am attempting to do my first marathon and had a few questions I'm hoping some of you who've been on one before could help answer!
So I've been running all year long I usually do around 6-7kms around that range. The marathon is on the 24th of January there was a running schedule posted on the website but I missed that out just saw it yesterday. It was from September until January however I didn't follow it because I didn't have it I'm planning to jump into this weeks routine and hoping I can catch up. Are 7 weeks enough to get me ready? Has anyone done that before?
Also does anyone have any tips for me that could be beneficial?
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