Thanks to all who responded to my previous pleas for help. By the way, Steve and Denise, I tried to send emails to you both using the reply by email option on the bulletin board. Did you get them?
Anyway, here's my tentative 18 week program idea (Right now, I am basically 20 weeks away from the marathon i'd like to run.). Essentially, it's the Hal Higdon beginner program, with two slight modifications.
Without modification, Hal's plan involves four days of running and one day of cross training. Tuesdays and Thursdays consist of runs that start at three miles and build to five. Wedensdays involve runs that start at three miles and build to ten. The long runs start at six miles and increase to a single twenty miler followed by a three week taper.
I was thinking of modifying this plan in two ways. First, I thought i would substitute an additional running day in place of the cross training day. The run would begin at three miles and increase to five like the tuesday and thursday runs. This would give me 5 days a week of running instead of four. Second, I thought i would try and run the wednesday runs at a pace of 8:30 per mile, my hoped for marathon pace. I know that i'm not really supposed to have a pace, but I just can't help it. Come marathon day, I promise to listen to my body, not my watch.
So, what do you think? Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.
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