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.