>>After few years running (at the moment 60 km/week)I finaly decide to
>>prepare myself for marathon. I'm planing to run marathon in May 1997.
>>I'm looking for a good (6 running days/week) training program.
>>BTW: My goal is to run 3:30
>>Any help will be apreciated
>>Thanks in advance
>>Tomaz Sustar (Ljubljana / Slovenija)
When I was getting ready for my first marathon I, too, had a 3:30 goal. Then I
received the best running advice I have ever had. This person told me to do 2
things. First of all he said don't line up at the front of the pack at the
start. All the elite runners and zealots will go flying out of the gate like
it's the Kentucky Derby and if you start slower you'll pass most of them
around the 15 mile mark anyway (he was right). Secondly, he told me to leave
my watch at home. His rationale was that you only run one first marathon.
You're not going to win anyway so who cares what your time is. Just let your
legs carry you around the course, enjoy the scenery, talk to people and revel
in the fact that you're in the process of a major accomplishment. I did this
and still finished in 3:33. I know this doesn't really answer your question
about training but my first marathon is such a sweet memory for me I had to
pass this on. As far as my training went I followed Galloway to get ready and
it was great. Above all, have fun.