So I'm training for a marathon and was wondering if anyone has advice for me. I've heard many theories like run 10k 3-4 days then do a half and increase milage, do short miles weekdays then a long run, run everyday except one....etc etc but anyway I want advice from someone that's done one before or is also attempting one
I did my first marathon in October 2013. Started training in May 2013. Did 10km for 5 days a week (Mon -Fri) in the morning s then long runs on Saturdays of 15 miles or more and rest on Sundays. I had done 3 half marathons before I had decided to do the full so thats why I did 10km daily. If your a beginner then its best to work your way up. I also mixed it up with rowing 10km for endurance and cycling when muscles become sore. Luckily I didnt get injured. I did a half in September, a month before the full and managed a pb of 9 mins less and a sub 90 min time. The full didnt work out so well as I had cramp on the day so finished in 4+ hours. Am training for Berlin marathon in September so I will learn from my mistakes. All in all the whole training is part of the marathon experience, not just the 26.2 miles on the day.
Go to Halhigdon.com I have run several including ultras and he has programs from beginner to advanced.Usually 4 months training for marathons providing you already can run 10 miles at a time
I did Hal Higdon for my first marathon and didn't like the program. I've created my own and getting much better results. I do second the idea of two long runs on the weekends. Sat a mid length, 8-10 miles and long on Sun (13+), very easy and short in Mom and rest Tue.
Do you have a goal time or just to finish?