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As long as everything goes to plan, the Brighton marathon in April should be my first marathon and the following is a rough idea of what I would like to achieve:
1) An obvious one, finish
2) Finish by running across the line.
3) To run the whole distance.
4) Finish in under four hours.
I've run 13.1 miles quite a few times and the longest I have run is 18 miles. From the chip timed races I have done for 10k and HM, the times do equate to under 4 hours based on the McMillan calculator and that is why I put the fourth point, but the first is the most important. I've also entered the Berlin marathon so sub four could wait until then if need be.
Anyway, the reason for this post. I want to be as prepared as possible for when I start training proper, but I have been reading that there are so many different plan's, one thread about heart rate should be factored in, nutrition etc etc. To be honest, I'm lost.
I've got Shades training plan, but is there anything else I should be looking at plan wise? Also, how can I sort nutritian out and are there any good books that I should read? I just don't want to get to December/January and think 'Right, what do I do!'!
If anyone says 'Run' to that last sentence........