Rookie Marathon Training Plan

Today was the Pittsburgh marathon. I knew some people who were running in the marathon or half marathon so I made myself be motivated and at least get outside to run/jog/walk a few miles. I thought about those running the marathon a lot this morning and was trying to send some positive running spirits with them. :) When I was finished however, I began to wonder about the feasibility of myself ever training for a marathon (remember, I hate dislike  running and am trying to like it). I looked through a few articles and finally found one at about a rookie marathon training plan.

The article said that this training plan is good for anyone who has never run a marathon and for people who seldom run or race more than 6 miles.

So runners, what do you think? Does this look like a good rookie marathon training plan? What marathon training plan do you follow?

The article further elaborates that during the “quality” runs you should mix and match from the following:

I’m really considering training for a half marathon to begin. I’ve never even run in a 5k, so I guess I should start with that first! I’ll have to revisit my own post after camp this summer to try this rookie marathon training plan!

Pittsburgh marathoners: I’m so proud of you, so happy for you, and so INSPIRED by you.. good job today!


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    That’s the plan I used! I wanted something easy to get my mileage ack up after my stress fracture.
    However, I would strongly encourage you to do at least half marathon before you jump into training for a full. I’m no expert, but from my experience, it’s not as easy as simply running 26.2 miles. Case it point-I ran the half today instead of the full. ahh well…
    Just my two cents!

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    Hey Abby! I definitely wouldn’t run a full marathon before doing a 5k and a half marathon.. Just was inspired today to look into more details! Glad to know you followed this plan! I’m about to read your re-cap….

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    I agree with running a 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon then the marathon. There is a plan I promote on my site that follows this schedule. It’s called the 100 Day Marathon Plan.

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