While I am a fan of Hal Higdons training programs, I have to hesitate in recommending any marathon training program until I know more about you, Steve. There are different ways to successfully train for a marathon depending on ones exercise/fitness background and goals but, as Run42 pointed out, marathoning is something that should not be rushed into. We really dont know enough about you or your goals to decide your readiness level or whether youve made a good start because its all relative.
Firstly, since there is no general requirement that one must run or jog a marathon (and, indeed, many first-timers and veterans do NOT), why are you jogging to begin with? Are youre an experienced walker who needs jog a few miles to be able to finish within a certain time limit? If so, it would appear that youre on the right track.
If, on the other hand, youre someone who wants to run, jog or walk 26.2 miles and have just started running, jogging or walking regularly, well, thats another matter altogether. In this case, Id have to say you have made a great start to getting fitter but its best to wait 6 months to a year before beginning a marathon training program. This is because ones cardiovascular endurance can improve in a matter of weeks while other parts of the body (i.e., bones, joints & connective tissues) can take months to adapt to the stresses of a new weight-bearing activity. Though people vary significantly in abilities, those who go ahead and do more than their body is ready to handle risk getting injured.
I am now a RRCA certified running coach and my views will be based on their recommended guidelines where applicable.
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