Ed, I'd really like to hear your opinion on this.
According to the MarathonTraining.com site, Art talks about how you should be running for a full year before you even take up a Marathon. He feels you should, after a year, build up to around 25miles per week. After that, then you could progress on to the Schedule 2 training schedule he has.
My question is.... It seems like it makes sense, even for people who are already runners, to work over a long period of time to build up slowly your mileage. The 18week programs seem like it's way too quick of a program. What are your experiences...
I wish prarierunner all the luck on her Marathon. I just hope she doesn't get hurt due to lack of proper training or something. If Ed feels you are on schedule though... you are probably doing good. :) I've not had a bad day running yet(since I injured myself) *knock on wood*. I'm excited every day when I go run. Course, I'm still in the relatively low milage stages.
Anyhoo... best of luck to you Prarierunner. Never ever feel like you can't back out of something and save face. No one should ever be forced into doing something they do not want to do. Especially something to your body -- running. You should enjoy your endeavour, and if it stops being fun, then... maybe you shouldn't do it. I know I won't. Life is too short to be in pain and agony(if it's no fun. ;)
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