So I signed up for a marathon. Which means I now must train for said marathon and that, my friends, is kind of terrifying. I'm signing up for Fleet Feet's program this summer so that I have people to run with, but I still need to figure out the nuts and bolts of when and where I'll be doing my short runs, and even some of my long runs. Plus I need to work around some races that I'm already registered for. I spent a few hours the other day scouring the internet. Am I a beginner? It is my first marathon, but I run a lot. I'm not fast, but I get there. A novice maybe? Maybe.... but what does that even mean, really, and why does one program have the novice running 3 days a week and another one say 4? Does it matter if I run 26 miles before the race, or will 20-23 miles suffice? Why are there so many programs out there??? The obvious answer is that we are all different, so the training we need to be successful with long distance running is going to be different for everyone. Figuring out what is right for me is where I got stuck... and then I realized something. I just needed to pick one that looked right and adjust as needed. Stop worrying about how many weeks the program was and find one that looked right at the end and work my way back from there. The task was still daunting... until....
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