I’ve posted the Hal Higdon (www.halhigdon.com) Programme I’m using on my “programme” page. Really this is my first “official” week of training as I am using a 12 week Half marathon programme and this week makes it 12 weeks until the Half. I will then switch over to his Novice Full marathon programme. This just seemed like a good idea for me. It just seems so much more managable to break it down into 2 sections. I view the last 3 weeks since I decided to run the marathon and really the 2 months before that as working on a base- so I am not coming from doing absolutely no structured exercise to having a bit of a fitness base.
So alas, my longest run to date is still only 4 miles. I actually cheated last week and did 2- 4 mile runs and somehow, on the second run I shaved nearly 4 minutes off my time!!!! I have to say I am very tempted to just inch up there a go for a 5-miler but I am trying not to push it so I will stick with the programme, so to speak. Every single book I have read (or am reading… and I think the count is up to 5!) say that the number 1 reason why people cannot continue to train for a marathon is going out too hard too soon.
I am trying to be patient!