Hi everyone! I'm a first time poster to this site, and I have to thank everyone for the wonderful comments and discussion on this forum. I am currently training for my first full marathon (hopefully St. George's if I can get in). Upon reading up on training programs I purchased Hal Higdon's book, "Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide" as well as Jeff Galloway's "Marathon: You Can do It!". In trying to formulate a training schedule, I notice there are some salient differences between the two:
(i) Galloway is obviously a proponent of his run/walk method. I do not recall Higdon once mentioning this. I have to admit that because I am so competitive, it would be hard for me to run/walk (in a suggested ratio of 4:1) because I know I'm going to want to call myself a "sissy" for not going the full distance running. And yet I have no doubt Jeff's method is better for recovery, minimizing the chance of injury, and would not necessarily induce a slower time. I feel quite conflicted.
(ii) Galloway suggests to max your longest run at 26 miles, whereas Higdon suggests 20.
(iii) Galloway suggests only two maintenance runs of 30 minutes each, whereas Higdon suggests 3 runs (T-Th) with an average distance of nearly 14 miles.
I guess the fact that these two giants in the running business have such different training regimes suggests runners every runner may have his or her own unique style. Nevertheless, I wonder if any of you have thoughts about these two training programs?
Thanks in advance!
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