I want to train for the Chicago Marathon (October 10, 2010), and would like to find the right training program. I’ve glanced at Higdon and Galloway, and enjoyed Higdon’s 15K training program. I started running last spring, completed Couch to 5K, and ran several 5Ks and an 8K over the summer and fall.
I haven’t decided what program to do, but I know I’d like to work in some races (Soldier Field 10 mile on May 29, Chicago Half Marathon on September 12) into my training. I’m not concerned with working toward a time goal – I just want to finish!
For those who’ve completed a marathon, did you follow a training program and whose did you follow? What would you suggest for a novice? What did you do for cross training? Did you train with a group? What was the marathon experience like for you? Have you lost any toenails, and if so, how many?
Any advice, suggestions, information and anecdotes on marathon training are welcome. Even the horror stories.