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I'm considering my 1st marathon and thought I had better get a training plan downloaded. So having reviewed many on various sites, Ijust don't know how its possible to build to 15, jump to 18, then run a half, then do 20miles and hey ho I'm ready for 26?
I can't get my head around this - I've never followed a plan for any of my 10km or halfs, but have worked gradually up to distance to achive it. I'm just not confident that I could run a marathon with only that mileage in my legs?
I suppose my question is - do the plans really prepare you for 26miles? and Do I really need to follow one, or is my own method of gentle ticking away and building up going to work for me at this distance too??
Any advice would be gratefully received