What Everyone Ought To Know About Training For A Marathon

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Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons

The San Francisco Bay To Breakers is 18 weeks away. Just 18 weeks until this dreamer accomplishes her dream of participating in a marathon at the age of 55. It’s time to commit to a training schedule and begin training this week.

But how does one do that?

I went on a search on the Internet to see what I could find about training for marathons.

1. On the site Marathon Rookie, Brad Boughman advises:

. . . Whether you’re already running more than twenty miles per week or if you haven’t even seen a pair of running shoes in ten years, YOU can successfully train for and finish a marathon or half marathon. Believe in yourself. Once you learn the right way how to train for a marathon or half marathon, you will begin to believe, then you will realize your goal. . .

His site is a plethora of marathon advise and information.

2. Hal Higdon, author of Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide has a website that offers an 18 week training calendar to get ready for a marathon.

His training schedule covers all levels from Novice to Advanced.

His advice for week 1 for the novice:

. . . Monday: In this training schedule for novice marathoners, Monday is always a day of rest. Count on it! Rest is important for recovery after the weekend’s workouts, particularly as the long runs progress from 6 to 20 miles. Your body needs time to recover. So take the day off. Friday is also a day of rest. In this program you will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sunday is a day for cross-training. (If you want, you can reverse the order of the Saturday/Sunday workouts.) Let’s begin this Monday, the first day of your marathon journey, by contemplating the training that will begin tomorrow. . .

I like the sound of having Mondays and Fridays off for rest!

His full calendars are here.

3. I also found a video with advice for the beginning runner —

How are you training for your dream marathon?


Veronica rotated off 8 Women Dream in December of 2010 after completing two dreams.

  • 18 weeks!!! Wow, that’ll fly! Thanks for the reminder to be training now Veronica… and… You go girl!

    Proud of you! and here’s to B2B as a team!


  • Remy G

    12k is what, 8 miles? I’ve got a 12 week plan – Brian starts Rugby practice tomorrow at school. I can walk the track while he does that (different fields so he wont see me, we already talked about the “dude, your mom is here” embarrassment factor!) I’ll walk in cold but hopefully wont have to walk in the rain. That is the worst. When it rains I’ll do some cardio at home. Cant wait!!! Brian is gonna walk with me/us, that will be fun.

  • Kim

    This will be so much fun, even if we can’t run. I just want to make sure I can walk the whole way!

  • Remy G

    Got my new shoes this weekend. I’m almost ready! Thanks for the research, Veronica. Helps alot for the novice runner like me. I like starting Monday with the day off…Rem

  • Wendy

    It is scary how fast time flies and how easy it is to procrastinate. Thanks for doing the research. I do not think I can even do the novice level yet so I do have my work cut out.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    18 weeks – yeiks! Is that all? On a good note – the sunshine and daylight savings time will be back by then.