Thanks you guys! I have decided that I'm going to completely walk it, so it won't be so much of a shock for me. This of course means I still have to train for it.
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There are people who do marathons with little experience, but the factor is called "base mileage" - the more base weekly mileage you have, the less marathon training will suck, because your ideal training plan starts where you are with a base and builds from there. it's not about ONE long run - from personal experience, my first marathon, my longest run was 22 miles but only peaked at about 35 miles per week, and the race was so bad that I would strongly urge anyone to have a higher base and try to peak at at least 40 miles per week.
That said, there are sensible programs that build up from where you are. Please follow a program.
Generally, running coaches tend to suggest an increase in distance of 10% a week. More can be pushing it too hard. This would make it quite difficult to multiply your current distance by four times as much in just five months.
Five months is about 22 weeks, give or take. If you added half a mile a week from now for another 10 weeks, then one mile a week, you can add about 15 miles to your current distance - which is exactly what you need.
It's more than 10%, but try it out to start with and see how you get on.
Also, you don't have to train up to 26 miles. You will find that 'race day atmosphere' will take you the extra distance, if you can at least get to 20miles.
I would recommend only one long training run weekly. Spend 1-2 other running sessions working on speed and power in 30-40 minutes and keep the distance for that one long run a week.
I started jogging last year, and the max I've been able to jog nonstop is 6 miles. I have been jogging quite regularly as of recently, and was just asked by a friend if I would be willing to jog a 26 mile marathon with her in June. It is open to walkers too, but I think it'd be awesome to be able to jog the majority of it (I know I could definitely walk it). Do you guys have some tips so I can at least increase my mileage? If I can't jog the whole thing, I'll be okay with it, but I'd love to jog at least half of it. It is one of my fitness goals to be able to do something like that! (that, and climbing a rock wall :D )
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