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Marathon training.

pinkaardvarkHalf Marathon

Ok, this seems inevitable so I may as well face into it and just accept that I will be running a marathon at some point in the future. So I may as well get on with it and figure out how i'm going to achieve this safely. Also as I have a HM in October, it may be useful training to be running longer distances so the HM seems more like a training run. Anyways, as a place to start I need to simply ask the question.. how does one go about training for such a herculean task?

I guess it would be safe to say I have 4-6mths or more to accomplish this. I have entered the ballot for the London Marathon so fingers crossed for that, but I'd love to do a more local a less organised event and maybe even a trail Marathon.

Thanks in advance for any advice given.

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There are loads of training plans out there - just find one you like the look of. Some cap long runs by time, some by distance. For my part, I needed one that focussed on distance ( it means I spent a long time training! It all depends on how fast you are!). There are some free guardian running apps that you can use to help on a midweek run ( not for the long run) to simulate the type of feelings you will go through. Have fun!

pinkaardvarkHalf Marathon in reply to agedsnailspace

Yes I have seen a lot that focus on time more than distance, not sure how I feel a bout that as so used to achieving distance targets. But I have little experience trying to run at different paces so maybe that's what I need to learn. I will just pick one I like the look of it and crack on then, i'm guessing I don't need to go right back to the start as some of them start with running for 10 minutes.


Congrats! I started training for my first marathon about 6 months before, with London just 4 months after that one again. It was a bit too long to focus on the distance, as I was pretty fed up with it at the end. So my advice would be to train for your HM as usual, then put in a 12-16 week training period for your marathon.

I generally trained by distance, but stopped doing that at the end, as I'm a slower runner, and going out for a couple of 3+ hour runs was pretty soul destroying. I also read a lot about how running for more than 3 hours isn't very good for you, which supported my decision. It certainly helped my motivation to know that when I hit 1.5 hours on my longest runs, I was halfway there, no matter what, which made it easier to complete the run.


Lovely! I think you have already got some very good ideas there - a HM is great for a training run, and if you have a trail marathon under your belt before the London One (fingers crossed!), you will feel invincible!


Great plan! I have always found rigid plans quite hard but we are all different. I know Myasics is rated very highly here. When I did my first marathon I wrote this which may/ may not be helpful!!

pinkaardvarkHalf Marathon in reply to ju-ju-

That's great ju-ju, thankyou. I probably am very similar in that i'm not a fan of rigid plans, but I do respect the core tenet of you need to put the miles in, so I think I will approach this as you have done and commit to do the mileage and record as I go but not beat myself up if things go awry. I'm very tempted at the moment to book a place on the North norfolk trail marathon Sept 22 which would give me a nice 3 month window to train.


Welcome to the club!

I too have found suitable marathon training plans hard to find because they all assume you are starting from a low base and training towards one specific race. In my case I've done a HM in May and now need to try to find a plan that assumes HM fitness as a starter. Failing that I think I will just do a 5km jog, a 10k run and a long run of 8-12-16-20-24-28-32k leading up to the race. I will do a couple of HM events to suffice for some of the long runs.

pinkaardvarkHalf Marathon in reply to Lordi

I have gone with the medibank intermediate 12 week plan. They have a beginner and an advanced plan so you can switch it around to find the level that is right if one week is too hard I guess.

LordiMarathon in reply to pinkaardvark

Took a look that that plan and it's a 5 runs per week approach -which is a bit too much for me as the old bones and muscles need their recovery days.

pinkaardvarkHalf Marathon in reply to Lordi

The beginner 12 week one is only 4 runs a week plus 1 hour interval training. The advanced is 5 but one of them is speed play based ie intervals, hill sprints etc.

have you got over your fear of the creepy people in here then?

pinkaardvarkHalf Marathon in reply to Rignold

No there still creepy 🤣

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