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April 17, 2012

Who's Training You? | Marathon Month

When it comes to tackling the 26.2 into submission it helps to have a trainer. A plan that will take you from start to finish with as little agony as is possible... considering the 26.2 miles you will be encountering in between.

So tell us, who's training you?

Are you following a website? Specialized plan? Training with a group?...

As always the conversation is open on Facebook, Twitter and below (once I approve your comment, you wouldn't believe how often Viagra wants to comment on running posts...)

tough, but you might want tougher...


Alex McGlinn | April 17, 2012 at 1:44pm


Believe it or not, I've been following the same plan for the last 3 years. My running buddy found it online, put it on a calendar, and that's what we do! I'm not sure where she got it or who wrote it, but it works! ALL of our times have gotten progressively faster. I'm not usually the type to blindly follow along, but this plan seems to work, so we stick with it!


Emilie | April 17, 2012 at 5:16pm

For my first three marathons,

For my first three marathons, I used the same training plan. The first time, I did it because I wanted to. The two times after that I just didn't really find anything else I liked/felt comfortable with. MCM this year will be my fourth marathon this year, and I'm determined to train myself! I can't wait to get started :)


Debbie | April 18, 2012 at 5:25am

Different plans for different years

I trained with a charity group for my first marathon. It was great to have all of the support, advice and camaraderie of a team along with a plan when tackling such a daunting goal for the first time. For the next couple, I just trained on my own, using the same general schedule I had as for the first. But then I started working out a few times a week with a personal trainer and it rocked my world! She not only helped improve my strenght in the sessions we spent together, but she gave me a plan that introduced me to speed work and really took my running to the next level. I dropped 20 min. off my time that year! I recently moved, so I will probably follow the same plan I had with my trainer on my own. We'll see what a difference it makes if I'm not checking in with her and having her yell over me during strength workouts. But overall, I learned that having a great coach can be a great asset!