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26 Weeks of Training For 26.2 Miles

In our first installment of "A Running Column," we ask readers to tell us who else is running a marathon this year and which one?

Twenty-six weeks.

That is how long I've heard you should give yourself to train for your first marathon.

I have 24 weeks to go to my first 26.2 miles. In week three of training, my longest run consists of a five-miler. This, I know, will soon change.

There is a lot of reasons why people run marathons. For me, it's a challenge. It's another thing to check off that bucket list. It's a way to stay in shape and healthy.

As I move forward with my training, I will update readers on my experiences as those miles start to pile up.

But instead of just hearing from me, I would like to use this column as a forum for area runners to talk about their challenges, give each other feedback, share information on running meet-ups or training groups, etc.

I will also use this space to pose questions to area runners to get that dialogue going. Please feel free to jump into the conversation by leaving a comment below.

  • So, area runners, who else is running a marathon this year?
  • Which one(s)? Is this your first marathon, also?
  • Any suggestions for training resources or training guides you've found helpful?
  • Why did you decide to run your first marathon and/or why do you continue to run marathons?

If you have a suggestion for a column topic, leave a comment below or e-mail Amie Schaenzer at amie.schaenzer@patch.com.

Karen Rocks April 16, 2011 at 01:18 PM
I am running my first marathon this year (Chicago). Next month I am running a half marathon and have been using Hal Higdon's plan. It really has prepared me (at least in my mind). Congrats Amie and I look forward to this column.
Amie Schaenzer April 18, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Thanks Karen for sharing, and best of luck to you in your training!
Elizabeth Hipp April 19, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Good luck to you Amie!
Amie Schaenzer April 19, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Thanks Elizabeth!

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