Welcome to the club! After several "difficult" marathons I've also sworn to never,
ever, ever do another one only to find myself, after a few weeks rest, looking
forward to the next one. You see, now that you know what to expect you can be
better prepared for the next one. A good training guide for you can be found in a
variety of places. Check out the fitness section of the bookstore or library and
you'll find Bob Glover's book of training schedules as well as those by Jeff
Galloway and my favorite Allan Lawrence's "The Self Coached Runner". With the
latters' schedules I went from 4 hours to 2:51 in a little over three years.
Take your time and prepare carefully, it really is a lot of fun!
> I'm a 19 year old female with many years running behind me. I completed my
> first marathon last October (Marine Corps Marathon,) in a time of 4.5 hours
> this was after running a 1hr 58 half marathon. After swearing never, ever to
> do another I now find myself entered in the Walt Disney Marathon in January.
> I would be very grateful if anybody could recommend a training program for
> somebody of my age and experience, I will be aiming for a time as close to 4
> hrs as possible which I feel I'm well capable of.
> P.S I've done next to no running since last October although have been keeping
> fit swimming and going to "aerobics."