So here is the Marathon Training Schedule I chose for the NYC Marathon November 1st, 2015.

I read a ton of running books lately, so many that I was a bit confused about which program would fit me personally the best. The very last one I came across was Marathon by Hal Higdon, and it was by far the best one suiting my running needs. He is the author of many successful running books and training plans. To say that he has extensive running knowledge is an understatement. He’s the longest contributing author to Runner’s World, he ran 111 marathons and coached hundred of thousands of runners. What I love about his programs and advice the most is how he simplifies everything – you don’t have to be a running expert in order to understand his approach. If you ever find yourself confused in your marathon preparation he’s the author to turn to put it all back into perspective.

You can find them under HalHigdon.com or in his bestseller book Marathon.

MARATHON by Hal Higdon

MARATHON by Hal Higdon

That’s why I chose Hal Higdon’s Advanced 1 Schedule for my marathon training schedule.

I’m currently running 30 miles per week, plus minus 10 %. My marathon is about 19 weeks away. His advanced 1 schedule starts at 18 weeks preparation time. It seemed like a perfect match to me. The mileage is slightly higher than the two Intermediate programs. The intermediate program leaves one day for cross training, Advanced 1 replaces it with a 3 mile run. Once I establish a high mileage routine, I’m really not good at adding cross training I rather just stick with running and leave the extra time I have for stretching and recovery. I might add some swimming here and there but most likely not consistently.

So here is the schedule I will follow. I will have to switch out days. My husband works on most weekends. I will not be able to run a long run on Saturdays or Sundays but I will run them during the week and adjust all the other runs around it.

advanced 1 schedule

advanced 1 schedule