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Forgive me for asking the question that I'm sure has been asked countless times before......but I tried to search for past answers and to be honest the search engine on this site is quite frankly shite.
I've got a place for an autumn marathon (it will be my first attempt at this distance) and I'm currently lost in a minefield of different training plans, and I haven't got a clue which one to pick. A bit of background info:
I'm female, still on the right side of 30 (just!) and have been running regularly for about a year now. I've gone from struggling to complete a flat 10k in under an hour to finishing a half marathon in 1hr 42mins. I run with a club, but I'm still very much a middle-of-the-pack runner. I run 4-5 times a week and do some cross-training on top of that (spinning, swimming, strength training). I've never run more than 14 miles before.
I just don't know which marathon training plan would be best. I'm willing to put in a lot of effort in order to make sure my first marathon is a positive experience and I'd like to try and achieve a reasonable time reflective of my other race times. But I also know that the marathon is a very different beast and not sure if I should be just concentrating on getting round.
Any advice you can offer would be much appreciated, thank you