VLM 2017 training plan for total beginner

hi all,

I am looking for help and support re. Training plan for the VLM which I unexpectedly got a place for.. So unexpected, I havent done any running AT ALL since a half mara I did in March, even then I wasn't running as much as I should of! and bagged it at 2hrs 20ish. But literally no running for past few months. Plan for first couple of weeks is just to get out the door, but beyond that I am finding th training plans all over the place online quite overwhelming. 

I would be looking to do 3-4 times per week once I've got my fitness up over the next month of 3/week. I'm expecting to have to  start from 15minutes up and hoping I'll have some kind of muscle memory.

equally, keen to hear from others in my position to share tips advice and support?


look forward to hearing from you all! Anything appreciated! 




  • You potentially will get a lot of different answers here, just like the web. The simplest answer is pick any one pitched at a beginner level such as from https://connect.garmin.com/modern/explore/training-plan. No beginner's plan will be hugely wrong, the main thing is to follow it and you will complete. If you have difficulty choosing between many, remember you are looking for sufficient (of which there are many) not perfect (which is unknown).

  • I've always liked the look of the Hal Higdon plans for beginners, simple and achievable.



  • I'm going to do a modified version of the Hal Higdon Novice 1 plan, essentially giving some more time to build up to week 1 and a couple of repeated weeks to allow some flexibility for illness/injuries/rest. Also planning to do one of the midweek runs as a faster tempo run, as per the Novice 2 plan.

    If you look at the long 2016 London marathon thread here, it looks like the Novice 1 is pretty popular.
  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    I'd also recommend the Hal Higdon plans. Got me through my first one without any issues. I also like Mikes idea of spending a few weeks building up before hitting week 1.
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