Marathon training for novices week 1 consists of 3 3-mile runs, 1 6-mile run, 1 day of cross-training and 2 rest days. I have been running 5 days a week, with my long run being about 6 miles and my other runs ranging from 3 to 5 miles. So, my first week of marathon training seems pretty lax. I am tempted to run more than the schedule calls for, but I am forcing myself to hold back. I don't want to burn myself out. I am in the middle of reading Hal Higdon's Marathon -- The Ultimate Training Guide, and he keeps emphasizing the importance of NOT overtraining, particularly for your first marathon. Your goal should be simply to finish, and not finish fast. Then again, would I rather run a marathon in 4 hours or 5?? Seems to me that there are some benefits to running faster :) But since I have never attempted to run 42 km before (in one shot, I mean), I guess it is better to run smart and avoid injury!
So, 3.25 miles on the treadmill today. The extra 0.25 miles was cool down...I swear!