I need some advice. First of all, I finished the half marathon... but
not much else. My time was about 2:30, which is right at where my
training said I would be. Despite the less then impressive time, it
was a great feeling to finish. So good that I've set my sights for the
full marathon a year from now. That's where I could use some advice. I
really want to take the full year to make a gradual build up so as to
not put any undo stress on my body. However the only training guides
I'm finding are for 4 months. What I want to do, is spend the next 8
months building my endurance up so that I can then use once of those 4
month training guides. The problem is, I'm not sure what type of
running I should do for that. Is it best to just spend the next 8
months gradually building up my mileage (i.e. Increase the weekly
"long" run by a half mile or so every week), or should I work in
interval training, etc.?
Just FYI. I'd like to set a goal of finishing the marathon in 4:30.
I'm not sure if that is realistic given my half time, but I figure
since I've got a year, I should be able to get there (assuming I stay
Any advice on how best to approach training given my goals, timeframe,
and current fitness level would be greatly appreciated. Again, I did
try to find the information on my own but all I could find was
relatively short-term training guides.