Running A Marathon. Expert Marathon Training Schedule

Beware. No plan, No Marathon!
Beware. No plan, No Marathon!

Running A Marathon. Expert Marathon Training Plan

I am not usually a big fan of plans – but despite comedian Eddie Izzard’s heroics for Children in Need – there is no way I am going to attempt to run a marathon without one. I have too many false starts and ended up injured or running out of ideas (excuse the pun). In fact I am going to use an a genuine expert to help me plan.

I am using a six month training plan developed by marathon expert Jeff Galloway in the USA. For £180 Jeff will provide you with 6 months of eCoaching which means that Jeff becomes your online coach. He devises a training schedule that is specific to your needs and goals. So far I have been able to email Jeff on a whole range of questions relating to my training – and he has been quick to respond. If you don’s have £180 then Jeff has published a standard marathon plan too – as well as a whole bunch of other plans.

My marathon training plan starts of nice and slowly – after all this is a marathon not a sprint! The ideas is to gradually build up your endurance through the (once a week) longer runs. These get longer until you build up to the full distance. Shorter runs are run three times a week and have some simple drills included. These are designed to help you work on elements of technique and raising your fitness levels.

The whole purpose of this approach is to use the run walk run method to gradually build up your levels of fitness. Critically another key component to run injury free – for more information check out my post 5 Simple Steps To Injury Free Running. If you find yourself in pain then you need to stop – trying to push through could result in a much more serious injury. A final element is the Magic Mile – Jeff has gathered data from thousands of runners and is able to accurately predict your finishing times over different distances.

All that remains is that I actually stick to it! On reflection perhaps getting the plan was the easy bit?!

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My name is Andrew and I live in the UK. I am married with 3 girls.

After a career as a Management Consultant spanning 20+ years, I left the bright lights of the city and am focusing my attention on Leadership Coaching and Development. In truth, I felt there was more to life than Microsoft PowerPoint and I have always enjoyed people development and while life as a freelancer scares the bejesus out of me – it has given me renewed energy.

At the same time as changing job, I wanted to take the opportunity to get fit again. When I say “fit” I mean properly fit. Not just a couple of weeks of effort followed by months inactivity (other than talking about getting fit and buying loads of gear) until my next ‘fitness fad’ came around!!

So back in October 2014, I decided that enough was enough and I was going try and start running – again! The challenge was that I was over-weight, really lacked any self-belief or had any real idea of where to start next. My state of mind was not helped by the fact I had recently undergone a series of knee operations which had had a slow (and painful) rehabilitation!

Despite all of this negativity, I found myself really wanting to run a marathon. On one hand it felt completely impossible, but on the other if felt like a real tangible goal, which, if I could achieve it would instil real belief and pride that I had achieved something special. I could have chosen the half-marathon – which is also a tough nut to crack – but in my head it had to be the full 26.2 miles. I really wanted to say that I was “a marathon runner”.

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