If you are a runner like me, and set a goal on running your first marathon you might be of need for a training plan.

Sure you may think, hey I know myself, feet are feet, I already ran half marathons, what’s the difference… a full marathon cannot be that more difficult. Hmm, believe me it is. It simply does not need some more training, it needs a great deal more and most importantly… it needs you to know you are doing the right thing even when you body talks back.

So… first you have to learn to distinguish ‘good pain’ (discomfort from leaving your comfort zone) from ‘bad pain’ (due to injury), then you need to ignore ‘good pain’, and use a plan on how to increase your training volume without overdoing it.

I’ve found various free marathon training plans by RUNNER’s WORLD and the Sport Fitness Advisor. Check them out and pick the one suiting your current state of fitness.

PS: 3 weeks before my first full marathon…