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Marathon Training

If there is anything I have learned from running every day for (nearly) a year, it is that nothing matters.

The clothes you wear, the shoes you run in, your diet, your hydration, your sobriety. None of it matters. It can help, but you can still run, no matter the details.

And yet, I find myself wide awake at 20 minutes after midnight, scouring the internet for marathon training plans and comparing them, trying to find that PERFECT plan. Which is really silly. My goal for my first marathon is to finish. To not die. I don’t really think it matters which plan I pick. If it peaks at 20 miles, or runs 5 days per week, or has 35 mile weeks on the plan. Pick one. Stick with it. That’s the plan.

(For those of you who are interested, I am picking plan 1 from “The Runner’s Handbook”.)

  • Brian

    If plan 1 doesn’t work out many people go with Hal Higdon’s. He has a couple different ones. If you like other activities like tri’s you can go with the FIRST – { Link }

    It’s a 3 day a week running and 1-2 days doing other activities.

    Good luck and have fun.

  • http://www.runningnotes.net Kathy Brown

    @Brian – I have used Hal Higdon’s half marathon plan and really liked it. Comparing the two, and the way my schedule works, I’ve decided to go with the Runner’s Handbook one. We’ll see. With a goal of “just finish” I don’t think it really matters! Emoticon