Considering a Marathon... Am I Crazy?

by Amanda Lanum 

This spring I ran my first half-marathon in Lawrence with Amy Schmidt and Melissa Brunner. I remember thinking afterward there was not a chance I would be doing a marathon. I don't know if the memory of struggling those last miles or the cramps that followed a full day of recovery, but I've decided it wasn't THAT bad. Amy says she's running a marathon in October. I had already decided to run the Prairie Fire half-marathon in Wichita on October 10th, but am now considering "upgrading" to the marathon. Amy and I both turned 26 this year and she says 26 miles for 26 years... I like the sound of that.

So, I looked up a training schedule last night. Hal Higdon is famous for training runners at all levels, so I am going to attempt his marathon training schedule for the novice. Having a goal helps me stay consistent and on-track when it comes to working out, so I figured at the very least this will be a good motivator to get some sort of exercise. The other tough part will be time commitment.

If you're looking for a goal or at least a plan to get you into the groove, try one of the training schedules. Whether you've been running or are thinking it might be a good way to lose some weight, Hal has several training schedules for different distances and levels.

Something to think about: Sunflower State Games has two race opportunities - Governor's Cup and Cross Country. Think about signing up to give yourself a short-term goal! :) SunflowerGames.com

Here is the marathon training schedule I'm going to (attempt) to follow for the next 16 and a half weeks. Let me know if you're joining or making plans to start a training sched of your own! (Today we are in the middle of week 2.)

       
Hal Higdon's
MARATHON
TRAINING GUIDE
 
       
 
Marathon Training Schedule: Novice 1
   
       
Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
rest 3 m run 3 m run 3 m run rest 6
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rest 3 m run 3 m run 3 m run rest 7
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rest 3 m run 4 m run 3 m run rest 5
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rest 3 m run 4 m run 3 m run rest 9
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rest 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run rest 10
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rest 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run rest 7
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rest 3 m run 6 m run 3 m run rest 12
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rest 3 m run 6 m run 3 m run rest 13
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rest 3 m run 7 m run 4 m run rest 10
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rest 3 m run 7 m run 4 m run rest 15
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rest 4 m run 8 m run 4 m run rest 16
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rest 4 m run 8 m run 5 m run rest 12
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rest 4 m run 9 m run 5 m run rest 18
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rest 5 m run 9 m run 5 m run rest 14
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rest 5 m run 10 m run 5 m run rest 20
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rest 5 m run 8 m run 4 m run rest 12
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rest 4 m run 6 m run 3 m run rest 8
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rest 3 m run 4 m run 2 m run rest rest
race

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