I started running 4 months ago on a run/walk schedule. After 12 weeks, I successfully stopped the walking breaks and since then I have gradually built up to a distance of 9 miles on my long runs, with 2 short runs in the week.
I have taken part in 2 races: a 10k (1hr 5 mins) and a hilly 8 miler (1hr 28 mins) - so you can see I am a very slow runner! (But I didn't walk!!)
I think I fall between 2 marathon training schedules: the sub-4.30 one and the get-you-round schedule. The sub-4.30 seems to be beyond my body's capabilities at the moment (tried it last week and am paying for it this week!!) but the get-you-round seems to be taking a big step backwards - especially with the walk/run approach.
Should I be so hung up on running instead of walk/running and go for an inbetween training schedule, or should I just revert to the beginners get-you-round schedule and be happy just to finish, whatever my time and however I do it? My main aim is to complete, injury-free to raise money for my chosen charity, Macmillan. However, I would like to achieve sub-5 hours if I can do so realistically.