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After running regularly for about 2 years I completed my first marathon a few weeks ago.
I managed to get a GFA for London and have just entered for next year.
This will now become my main aim of the next 9 months.
I also picked up a knee/itb band injury during the last couple of miles of the marathon and have in the last week only just been able to restart running-up to about 5k now without pain which is a massive improvement over pain when just walking I got for 4+ weeks following the marathon.
What I need advise on is how to set a effective 9 month training plan, when I trained for the marathon I have just ran I did a 3-4 month plan and all seemed to go ok-although I was told I ran my long runs far too fast!!
I did the marathon in 3:12 and want to get under 3:00 in London.
I am willing to put the effort in training but have not got a clue on how to build up over the next 9 months.
I would say 3:12 was very close to 100% all out for me this time and will need to train hard to get under 3:00.
Do I get back up to 20 mile training runs and run that distance on my weekly long runs over the coming months (but slower than before)-do I keep to shorter distance but faster this year then increase a few months before London???
What has worked for others?? I think I like the idea of regularly running 20+ mile long runs but worried on the effect on my body.
OR would you skip the above – think that’s a sub 3:15 (gfa) marathon in the bag –part of my bucket list ticked-(I didn’t have under 3:00 on the list until I got 3:12)-and move on to a different challange like iron man –and treat London as a training run for outlaw next year-Now that sounds good but I don’t like swimming and I am rubbish on the bike!!!