Advice is hard to offer as you do not have a base foundation for running. Like I mentioned earlier, if you can walk a 15-16 minute per mile pace, you should be just fine to complete in the time allotment of 7 hours.
Most marathon programs are easily 16 weeks and that's with the assumption that you can complete 5 miles running and have at least one year of consistent running under your belt.
Like I mentioned earlier, it's not that I don't believe you can't ever do this, however, you don't have time to allow your body to adapt to running 10 miles in this short time, much less 26.2. I know you mentioned running 5-6 miles and then walking the rest, but that is assuming you have the musculo-skeletal and energy systems developed enough to do this.
I know, I'm kicking myself for not starting the training a long time ago. Not doing it is not an option though,so I was just hoping for some advise. My mom and I finished walking the marathon in June in about 8 hours, and this one has a 7 hour time. She has run many marathons and has trained a few people and is sure I'll be fine, but I am freaking out a bit. She says as long as I run 5-6 miles I can walk the rest if we keep the pace we did on my first one.
Running a marathon is not the same as walking a marathon, and as Nancy stated, there isn't enough time to properly train. Sure, you may be able to do it, but our goal here is to not injure yourself with attempting something that could potentially be harmful to your body.
It is a general recommendation that people have a whole year of running, before attempting to train for a marathon.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but there is no way you will be able to run a marathon with only 9 1/2 weeks to train. Most people need 8 weeks just to train for a 5K (3.1 miles). I would recommend that you start walking and work on building your endurance that way. Check out the time limit so that you can determine your pace. A 15 minute per mile is a 6.5 hour limit.
Hi! My name is Lisa, I am a new member of this group. I have been walking for over a year now, and have on and off incorporated running. This past June I walked a marathon and a half over 2 days for the AVON 2-Day Walk. Afterward, to stay motivated, I signed up with my mom and sister to do the 26.2 with Donna marathon this coming February. My mom run about a marathon a month and my sister has done several with her, and I wanted to be a part of that bonding. My problem-after the AVON walk, I lost motivation and have only sporadically been going to the gym. I started back again this week, and walked/ran 4 miles fairly easily and Saturday will be my distance day so I'll see how far I can comfortably go. My question-since the marathon is only 9.5 weeks away, how would you recommend training so I don't injure myself in the process? I know I can walk most of it, I've done it before and am still in decent shape, but I'd like to run a good chunk but don't want to overdo it with training. Thanks!
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